Present Perfect

Present Perfect

by Alison G. Bailey


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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, 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."


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 affect 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482772975
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Pages: 422
Sales rank: 1,148,152
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About 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 More than 1 year ago
I have read around 2000+ books in this genre, i likevlots, but have a favorite book list on my Nook that only holds 7 book titles out of the thousands. This book just git added. Im not good at writing reviews so i will just say this book is a must read. It was well written andvbeautiful. Itsvrare a book holds mycomplete interest all the way through, and this one did just that! Its 300+ pages. Ypu will laugh,you will cry, you eill fall in love. Love this book. It is a must read! I will def read more from this author if they continue beingbthis goid !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
BergyB More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a girl crush on Tweet! This book is a ball of emotional torment, laughter, anger (major anger), contemptment, and love.
WildHeartReviews More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books I wasn’t expecting. I randomly grabbed it because it was on KU and it intrigued me. As soon as I started reading, I was completely sucked in. Present Perfect is one of those books that basically put a strangle hold on me and my emotions; I could not set it down. Present Perfect is the first book in The Perfect Series by Alison G. Bailey. It is a standalone novel and it’s told from the first person point of view, of our heroine, Amanda. I’ve been trying to figure out what to write for this review, since I finished the book. So instead of trying to force it, I’m just going to tell you all how it is exactly. I closed this book and sobbed for an hour, that doesn’t even count the whole last hour of the book that I was seriously ugly crying. There is so much emotion in this book, on various levels that you really root for these characters. This is, hands down, one of the best books I’ve read this year, if not in the last five. The angst level in it may kill you, but it’s so worth it. If you want a book that is straight up, boy meets girl, girl meets boy, boy falls in love with girl, girl is head over heels for boy, boy and girl get together, boy and girl ride off into the sunset happily-ever-after, everything is sunshine, rainbows, ideal, and just like most romance novels you’ll read… this book is not for you. (Seriously, go find Harlequin if you want that.) These characters are extremely complex. The writing is in-depth, and “the feels” are off the wall. These characters are definitely not perfect, but that is what makes them perfect, and makes this book so good. They feel real, the feelings and emotions they have, and every bit of it is translated extremely well. Amanda “Tweet” Kelly has been in love with her best friend Noah Stewart, in one form or another, all her life. She can’t remember a time that she hasn’t loved him. What takes place in Present Perfect is the story of Amanda and Noah, how they grow up, and how they end up. It’s not an easy trip, this book will have you pulling your hair out. At one point I actually wanted to scream at Amanda and thump her. There are points in which I was completely ticked at Noah and wanted to thump him. As these two grow up, the love they feel for each other changes. Noah is head over heels for Tweet, and she feels much the same. The problem with Tweet is that she has a garbage pile full of insecurities and doubts. A lot of them are self doubts. She doesn’t think she’s good enough for Noah. Tweet thinks that Noah is perfect in every way and she’ll never been perfect, and never be good enough for him. So she pushes him away, again and again and again. These two both make mistakes in the process of trying to find themselves and to be okay with each other. To keep their friendship and to keep it from not going any further. Amanda is adamant about that. It takes a lot of learning on both their parts and sometimes it takes special people coming into your life to knock some sense into you. Full review found at: B&N cut off the full review for word count
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sunshine07042000 More than 1 year ago
So, this was an amazing surprise of a book that I wasn't expecting and am so happy that I found it.  It tells the story of Amanda (or as her best friend Noah calls her, Tweet) and the ups and downs that she experiences in both her relationship with Noah, and within herself. The book sprawls across multiple years and is told from Tweet's POV. Through every chapter we learn more and more about what makes Tweet tick. As with most books there is love, anger, humor, tragedy, but all of it is written in such an organic way that it feels like you're reading about things that happened to a couple of your friends or even to yourself. There were times where Amanda would make me nuts. The back and forth, the indecision, but I think why this book hit such a chord with me is because I completely understood where she was coming from and why she was making the choices she was making. I may not always have agreed with them, but they felt so human and real. I never could fault her character for them. I feel like a broken record with this line as I've said this before in other reviews, but that's what I as a reader am always looking for. The character that you can grab onto and understand because you see pieces of yourself in the way that they act or the choices they make. I'll take real human emotion over fantasy any day of the week. The other thing that Bailey does an amazing job of is showing us how the relationship between Noah and Tweet became this bond that no one could ever break. You the reader dream of finding someone like this in your life. It's the quintessential relationship that we all search for and hope to obtain. That's the beautiful thing about the book taking place over several years, the relationship grows and builds in such a way that it is believable. Bailey never rushes it. She allows for each moment in these characters lives to slowly build and grow. By the end you have no doubt that these two people who have spent almost two decades in each other's lives would be as connected as they are.  I'm sure there are some that will disagree with that statement, and that's fine. But I completely understood and empathized with Tweet over her internal struggle as to whether or not she could be with Noah. Hell, I can relate to it.  There's a companion novel called Presently Perfect told from Noah's POV. I can totally attest that it is worth the read as well. While there are obviously going to be moments of overlap, being able to get inside Noah's head was amazing. Bailey was able to make things that we already knew about seem as if we were reading them for the first time. And as someone who has read their fair share of POV books, that is a very rare thing to find.  I absolutely adored this book and am so happy that I picked it up.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Total emotional roller coaster. Loved the characters. Excellant book. Must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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swprincess More than 1 year ago
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!
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talk about an amazing writer! Couldnt put this one down.
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sueLT More than 1 year ago
Great book. I love it when you read a book and you feel you are apart of it. Great job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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I loved this book! Noah was such a sweetheart.
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