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Popularity isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota's next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.
But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen kisses and whispered promises just aren't enough. That is, until scandalous photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal during Justin's dad's gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect her: he breaks her heart.
For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.
Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything. Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the one person he can’t live without.
For the majority of the book, I really wanted to kick Justin. I was so annoyed that he seemed so perfect in EWY but then he's so...well, not perfect in PM!! I guess that may have been the point and OH did he live up to that. At many times during the book, wanted to kick him for making stupid decisions lol. Guess it makes him more realistic. I find myself wanting to kick DH in the pants every now and then, too lol. That being said, I still swooned just as much with some of those lines that come out of Justin's mouth!! Holy heart-melt!! I totally understand why Lucy feels like she's going to wake up from a dream sooner or later.
I really felt for him and Lucy when they were going through all the "paparazzi" problems. I've seen firsthand how harsh social media can be, especially if it's negative and you're on the receiving end of that. It's senseless and cruel--bullying at its finest. I think that Lizzy touched on a really sensitive and very real issue that teens, in general, deal with these days (a whole lot more than we were exposed back in the day).
This book was a great continuation of Lizzy Charles' first book, Effortless With You. It definitely added to the series and enriched the story which isn't always the case in a lot of series. I loved that this book was a continuation to Lucy and Justin's story. Even moreso, I loved that it was more a book about Justin (as EWY was more a book about Lucy). It allowed for more development of both characters and, of course, of their relationship. I find that a lot of times, I'm left with the "they get together and they live happily ever after". I hate being left wanting more and I was most definitely not disappointed with Perfectly Messy. I must say, though, the only thing I'm still crossing my fingers for is more Alex!!
About the Author
When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. Black tea keeps her constant and she loves guacamole. She married her high school sweet heart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.