My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
I loved reading Jean Meltzer’s debut, The Matzah Ball, last December, & so many of my book reviewer friends have loved her 2022 release, Mr. Perfect on Paper — and I am so happy to say that I am now one of them!
Set during the Jewish high holidays & Hanukkah, Mr. Perfect on Paper follows Jewish dating app creator, Dara, who gets so much media attention when her beloved grandmother describes Dara’s ideal man during a TV interview with Chris, a daytime news anchor. To help improve his show’s ratings and to satisfy Dara’s grandmother, the two team-up and create a mini series where Dara dates guys based on her list, with plenty of mishaps and some feelings between Dara & Chris involved.
Mr.Perfect on Paper was such a fun and addicting read! The book alternates between the third person perspectives of Dara and Chris. Aside from their growing chemistry of course, the book provides a lot of attention on Dara’s general anxiety disorder and the pressure she feels from her family and app users to find the ideal Jewish husband. Despite her feelings for Chris throughout, Dara struggles with the idea of them being a couple, given that Chris is Christian. On Chris’s side of things, Chris is a single dad to an eleven year old daughter hitting her middle school years (side note that I feel like his daughter was made to act younger than she actually was) and lost his wife a few years ago. The book balances these topics & conflicts while still being a fun and banter-filled read. Like The Matzah Ball, the book features so much Jewish culture & traditions, as Chris learns more about Dara’s faith and lifestyle throughout their time together. Dara’s dates are also set up around holidays including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Hanukkah.
Overall, I highly recommend Mr.Perfect on Paper whenever you’re craving a contemporary romance! I’m really looking forward to Jean Meltzer’s next release, Kissing Kosher!
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