Present Perfect [NOOK Book]

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I’ve been unsure about many things in my life except for one thing, that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to him. It has never been a question, never a doubt. The love had taken on many different forms over the years, but it had always been a constant.

Everyone has their definition of love. There have been countless songs sung about it. A gazillion books, ...
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Overview

I’ve been unsure about many things in my life except for one thing, that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to him. It has never been a question, never a doubt. The love had taken on many different forms over the years, but it had always been a constant.

Everyone has their definition of love. There have been countless songs sung about it. A gazillion books, articles, and poems written about it. There are experts on love who will tell you how to get it, keep it, and get over it.

We’re led to believe love is complicated. It’s not the love that’s complicated. It’s all the crap that we attach to it and put in front of it that makes it difficult. If you’re smart, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and simplify
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Amanda Kelly spent her entire life trying to control every aspect of it, while striving for perfection. Her obsession with being perfect, along with her feelings of worthlessness, consumed her. The one thing she thought was perfect in her life was the bond she shared with her best friend, Noah.
Everything was going according to her life plan until she woke up one day and realized she had fallen in love with him. The one thing she couldn’t control was the effect he had on her. Noah had the power to give her one hundred lifetimes of happiness, which also gave him the power to completely devastate her. He was the one thing in her life that was perfect, but she couldn't allow herself to have him.
Her life begins to unravel. Events take over and force her to let go of her dreams and desires. She needs to realize that a person cannot control the events in their life, only their reaction to them...but will it be too late for her to save her relationship with her best friend? Present Perfect is a story of how past events have present consequences and how perfect your present could be if you stopped fighting and just allowed it to happen.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148407591
  • Publisher: Alison G. Bailey
  • Publication date: 8/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 24,858
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Alison was born and raised in Charleston, SC. As a child she used her imagination to write additional scenes to TV shows and movies that she watched. She attended Winthrop University and graduating with a BA in Theater. While at Winthrop she began writing one act plays which she later produced. Throughout the years she continued writing and producing several one act plays, but then life got in the way and she hung up her pen for a while. On the advice of a friend, she started writing again. In January 2013, Alison sat down at her computer and began writing her first novel, Present Perfect.
Alison lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Jef, and their two furry children (dogs). She’s addicted to Diet Pepsi and anything with sugar.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Awsome

    Great book, has everythng a book needs and more and is now one of my favorite books. I hope you weite more book past what everyone expects

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

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    Amanda and Noah were born 1 minute apart at the hospital and sin

    Amanda and Noah were born 1 minute apart at the hospital and since then have pretty much been best friends ever since. Amanda has a big sister Emily, who she thinks is perfect in every way and Amanda feels like she is always 2nd best and never good enough. When they reach the teenage years they realize they have more than just "friend" feeling for each other, but Amanda says she can not act on them for fearing of losing Noah forever.

    This book had me loving and hating it at the same time. There were times I just wanted to grab Amanda and scream and yell at her to try and get it to sink in at what a good thing she has with Noah, yet I could understand and sympathize with her in why she felt the way she did, but it still made me frustrated. Then to the end of the book, WOW, make sure you have a box of tissues handy. I did find myself glancing ahead on the page a lot which I have never done before. I had to keep telling myself to just read the book I will get to that spot eventually. This will definitely be a book I will re-read because I'm sure there is a lot I missed or didn't catch the first!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Annoymous

    I have a girl crush on Tweet! This book is a ball of emotional torment, laughter, anger (major anger), contemptment, and love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    Loved it

    Total emotional roller coaster. Loved the characters. Excellant book. Must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    First things first, get tissues. Lots and lots of tissues. You W

    First things first, get tissues. Lots and lots of tissues. You WILL ugly cry and if you don't, you don't have a heart. The story starts out sweet enough, childhood best friend, trying to see if they want to evolve their relationship, boy says yes, girl says no. Then it seems to take a bit a twist. Amanda and Noah are frustratingly perfect for each other. Amanda, at times, had me so mad at her for not seeing what was in front of her face. She tried to keep it simple, oh did she ever try, but as with everything, life got in the way. She began to do things not in her nature and did everything she could to just keep things the same. They never would remain the same again. Noah loves Amanda but he can't make her choose him. She will always be his first love, always. They are best friends, after all. Then life gets in the way.
    The second half of the book threw me for a loop. It quickly went from this sweet love story to life, where everything isn't always roses and perfect. Adjustments have to be made, goals have to be re-evaluated and you have to take a serious look at who you want in your life, who's going to be there through it all, and who's worth saying goodbye too.
    This is where the ugly cries came in. And once they started, they wouldn't stop. This story is sweet, heartbreaking and raw. Amanda and Noah are characters that will forever live in my hear for a number of reasons. Even the jerk Brad, who I wanted to throat punch, wormed his way in there. And words can't express how much I loved Dalton. Everyone deserves a Dalton in their life, someone with a zest for living and who is wise beyond their years, someone who won't sugar coat anything but won't crush us either.
    This story reminds us all that even though we may not feel perfect, like we don't measure up, we are perfect to someone. It also is a reminder to stop over analyzing everything and just feel, just be. Stop thinking of the what ifs and jump with both feet, especially to that which is right in front of us.
    What I thought was a sweet YA story made one hell of an impression on me and ended up being a life mantra "Always remember present perfect, grasshopper"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Unsure

    Not sure what to say about this book. I spent a lot of time being frustrated with Amanda. I understand she's insecure, but here is the love of her life telling her he loves her and she rejects him. Again! She did that one too many times for me. I thought it was a little too long in the middle of the book. Kinda drawn out. The end did make up for it. Iwill read more from this author.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

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    Loved this book!

    Absolutely loved this book!
    It's been a while since I have read a book that has left me emotionally spent.

    Written through Amanda's POV, Present Perfect tells the tale of a young woman's journey and inner struggle of finding self worth.
    Beautiful message of hope and love.

    This book is an absolute must read!

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  • Posted February 27, 2014

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    I've put off writing this review for quite awhile because it's b

    I've put off writing this review for quite awhile because it's been really difficult for me to put my feelings about this book into words. I struggle to think of a book that made me as angry, as frustrated, as sad, but that I loved as much as this one. I can't think of another book that put me through as much emotional turmoil as this book did.

    I'm just going to get this out of the way: I wanted to smack Amanda through at least 50% of the book. She was so frustrating. She had absolutely no self-esteem. She was head over heels in love with her best friend, the one guy who had always been there for her. He tells her he wants to be with her and what does she do? Go running into his arms? NO. She ran away. Because that's exactly what you do when your dream guy tells you he feels the same way. Obviously. But not only did she run away, she all but pushed him into the arms of someone else and was subsequently devastated when he started dating her. Oh, and Amanda's other so-called friends? Bad friend behavior all around. I was so disappointed in these characters. Except Noah. I loved Noah. In fairness, I spent a fair amount of the book wanting to slap him, too, but at the same time I couldn't blame him for trying to move on. He went out on a limb. Amanda was terrified to meet him halfway.

    Then. Then the thing happens. The one I'm not going to tell you about. The thing that made me question every other feeling I had about this book. I sobbed. Like, gut-wrenching sobs that left me unable to catch my breath. Ugly crying. I felt like someone was ripping my heart out of my chest. It was unexpected and threw me for a loop. I didn't know how to process it all. I felt like I had to start all over trying to figure out the characters and my feelings for them.

    I'm an emotional reader. If you read my blog or my reviews at all, you know this. But, the kind of extreme emotions this book brought out in me are unlike most I've felt while reading other books. I can't think of a time when I went through this many vastly different feels during the course of a book. It was incredible. A full experience. It was exhausting. I pushed through and read it cover to cover in one sitting then promptly laid down to take a nap.

    Alison G. Bailey hit my auto-buy author list with this book. She moved into the top ten with the follow-up to this book, Past Imperfect. She's a beautiful writer whose characters definitely evoke strong feelings in me, both good and bad. If you're not afraid to feel while reading, I can't recommend this book highly enough... just make sure you have some tissues on hand while you're reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Amazing

    I could not believe this book. The author did a fabulous job of bringing the reader on this beautiful journey. I'm usually pretty good at predicting how a book's plot will unfold, but anytime I'm surprised by an author I have to give them credit. Wonderful story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Fantastic read

    Talk about an amazing writer! Couldnt put this one down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Dont!!

    Dont believe these reviews!# this book is not good. Such childish behavior. Why did she not think she was worthy of him..?? He loved her. Not good. Save yr money!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

    Great book. I love it when you read a book and you feel you are

    Great book. I love it when you read a book and you feel you are apart of it. Great job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Omg I love this book! I can not tell you enough how many times

    Omg I love this book! I can not tell you enough how many times I wanted to give up and quit reading it because I was so frustrated with Amanda and all her choices. I'm so glad I stuck through it even if I was bawling my eyes out because there is a beautiful happy ending. Thanks Ms. Bailey I look forward to reading Noah's story next summer. Can't wait..

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  • Posted November 17, 2013

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    This was one of the most emotional stories I've read in a long t

    This was one of the most emotional stories I've read in a long time. I got angry, I cried, I laughed, I cried some more, a lot more. There were a few times I didn't know if I could keep reading. Okay, I did have to stop and regroup several times. You will fall in love with Noah and want to shake some sense into Amanda and tell her to grow up or open her eyes. I'm glad I did make it through the story because it does make you think long and hard about love and life.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Wow

    I loved this book! Noah was such a sweetheart.

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

    giving this book 2 stars because I really liked the Noah charact

    giving this book 2 stars because I really liked the Noah character. Amanda was so bad I stopped reading the book at 55%. Jumped to the last page to see if there was an hea not that it mattered much. Doubt I will read this author again. Annoyed with myself for having spent the money based on the reviews which I am obviously not in agreement with. I am sure this author could have made her point without taking such drastic measures and giving us such an annoying heroine.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2013

    Make sure you start this on a weekend if you work in the morning

    Make sure you start this on a weekend if you work in the morning. You won't want to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Good story

    This was a great story of pure and endless love, but I feel like there were just too many different things to focus on throughout the book. Lots of drama but still a good story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Best book I've read in a long time...

    I loved this book. Although it made me cry at times and want to throw it at others I enjoyed every second and did not want to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Wonderful book. Fantastic read

    One of my favorite books ever. Felt a little slow at first but just hang in there because it was very much worth the ride.looking forward to more books by this author.

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