Southern Perfection by Casey Peeler | Review

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.


Description from Goodreads:

Life is full of choices; good, bad, and ones you can’t control.

Raegan strives to be perfect in every way. Varsity cheerleader, honour student, and proud granddaughter of Dover Lowery. By day, Raegan is an over-achieving high school student, but at three o’clock, her real work begins.

What happens when appearances are not what they seem? Will Raegan be able to hold onto her life as she knows it, or will she be left all alone?

All of these questions are answered with one night, one song, one story and one boy.

Southern Perfection certainly took me on a roller coaster. 
Southern Perfection was featured in First Impression Friday, so check that out here to find out what I first thought of the book. In that review I had some issues with the actual writing of the book more than the storyline. A lot of the time I felt that the split narrative wasn’t really needed as it could get a bit repetitive at times. I said in the first impression review that I hoped that the things that were bugging me would pass, and on the most part they did!
The repetitiveness definitely calmed down about a third into the book, so that was a relief. The split narrative started to work really well, Emmett and Rae both provided different information and outlook. I really started to love Emmett and Rae, the characters developed and matured, and it was lovely to see their relationship blossom.
But as Casey Peeler says in the author notes, 
Southern Perfection isn’t just a good ol’ country romance. It’s a story of family, taking the good with the bad, always being positive in life regardless the situation, and becoming the person you are destined to become while your loved ones look down and smile upon you each day.”
And that is so true! Emmett and Rae’s relationship was lovely, but the book was about so much more than that! 
For me, the star of the show was Rae’s Grandaddy. He was an incredible character, loving and hilarious. I loved how protective he was of his Sunshine (Rae), getting out the gun to meet Emmett! 
There was some seriously intense emotion in Southern Perfection, I had to take a break midway through the end just so I could calm my emotions and regroup. Southern Perfection didn’t induce just a few tears, it was full blown sobbing worthy. Casey Peeler lost her own Grandfather, and honestly you can tell that the emotion in Southern Perfection wasn’t crafted by an author, it was honest and truthful. Perhaps why it was so compelling.
Southern Perfection quickly went from average to extraordinary, and I commend Casey Peeler for an outstanding emotional novel.
I’d definitely recommend Southern Perfection, have you read it? Let me know what you thought in the comments!
‘Southern Perfection’ by Casey Peeler
4 Stars
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First Impression Friday | Southern Perfection by Casey Peeler

First Impression Friday is a weekly feature created here at Alexandra Florence Books. I’ve been finding that what I think about a book changes a lot from beginning to end, so I thought it would be really fun to share my first impressions of a book, and hopefully read yours too! If you want to join in  all you have to do is link your First Impression Friday in the linky, grab the picture, and make sure you link back to me!

Southern Perfection by Casey Peeler
So far I’m not so sure about this book. I like the storyline so far, I don’t have a problem with that at all. My issue comes with the actual writing. It feels immature.
Rae is a really hardworking character, she lost her parents at a really young age so her Grandpa her is her world. She helps at their farm, works really hard at school and she’s a cheerleader. So of course all the boys are interested, would it be contemporary romance if they weren’t? 
There seems to be a lot of repetition going on in Southern Perfection. There’s a split narrative between Rae and Emmett, which I have no problems with, I rather enjoy a split narrative. However, something happens in Rae’s narrative, and then what do you know, we’re hearing all about it again in Emmett’s. Not something I particularly appreciate.
So that’s all been going on, and all the while the style of writing has been bugging me. The characters are coming off really young, I mean younger than they are young. And it’s a shame, because I really like Rae and Emmett so far.
I’m going to keep persisting with Southern Perfection because I’m liking the story, hopefully those couple annoying things will pass!
What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments!

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