Perfection. We all strive for it, but what happens when the desire to be perfect consumes you? What happens when the need to bury your mistakes blinds you?
Melanie Crane has always been the perfect daughter, friend, student – she’s been perfect at everything, in fact. But when she lets her insecurities, the ones that she keeps hidden from everyone, get the best of her, she falters in her pursuit of perfection. Melanie crumples under the pressure and buries her pain. Numbed by sadness and guilt, she is determined never to let anyone find out how broken she really is.
Bryan Mahoney may appear to have everything in order. He’s charming, witty and completely swoon-worthy. In short, Bryan has life all figured out, but appearances can be deceiving. When the landscape of Bryan’s family changes in an instant, he’s left to pick up the pieces.
Not all bruises leave a mark. Now, weary and afraid, Melanie and Bryan must find a way to let love heal their broken and jaded hearts.
Melanie never thought that she was worthy of love. It didn’t matter that her mother and her friends expressed how they felt; she never really felt it deep in her heart. She thought that they were bound by responsibility to tell her things like that. After all, she thought she was far from perfect. She was curvier than most girls with fair skin and red hair. Who would look twice at her when there were clearly so many other beautiful girls around? That is why Bryan Mahoney puzzled her so much. He was beyond beautiful with a train of endless Barbie look a likes vying for his attention – and he only seems to have eyes for her.
Melanie knows better than to risk her heart on a boy as gorgeous as Bryan because he will come to his senses and leave her exactly like she has always been – alone.
“I’ve always been the perfectionist. The perfect daughter. The perfect best friend. The perfect student. It’s a cover though. If I can maintain an image of perfection in every other area of my life, no one will ever know how unhappy I really am. On some level, I know it’s silly to be unhappy with my life just because I’m not the perfect size-two supermodel that everyone else seems to be. You see, if I get the perfect grades and act the perfect way, then no one will notice me for my too-wide hips and my softly rounded belly. No one will notice that there isn’t a lot, if any, space between my thighs. No matter how healthily I eat, or no matter how much I exercise, I will always be a curvy size 16. To be honest, I still don’t understand what Bryan sees in me, why he’s even attracted to me in the first place.”