Far From Perfect

A Novel

Romance - Contemporary
334 Pages
Reviewed on 03/13/2013
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Author Biography

Rebecca grew up in St. Anthony, Idaho, graduated with a degree in Interior design from BYU-Idaho, and has been active in theater and music for many years.
Always looking for a challenge, she began writing in 2008 when she got a crazy idea for a story, and has never looked back.
In addition to her love of writing, she also enjoys acting, singing, running and spending time with her family. Of course, writing about interesting and flawed characters is her favorite thing, but she does take time to feed and clothe her brood when they cry loud enough.
Rebecca resides in Utah with her husband and five children and can be found in various corners of the house typing like mad on her laptop.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Dianne Bylo for Readers' Favorite

With “Far From Perfect,” Rebecca Bryan has created an intense, emotionally charged tale of the despair of alcoholism and the redemption of recovery. Cassidy Young, filled with horrific memories some of which she feels are her fault, succumbs to alcohol dependency, drops out of college, and is now back home with her parents while on a six month probation for driving under the influence. The roller-coaster that is her life takes its toll as she struggles with seeing the changes in those she loves, including James, whom she has loved since she was a child. Cassidy has setbacks, feeling even more like a disappointment and failure. If not for the help of easy going Drew Barnes, her AA sponsor, and James Maughn, with his warmth and friendship, Cass may never have pushed herself on in the uphill battle, across the landmines of life. What she finds at the other end makes it worth all of the pain.

Rebecca Bryan has gotten to the heart of the struggles faced by addicts. By surrounding Cass with both tests of her will and the rewards of her successes, I felt that spark of realism that drew me into the story! With so many simple touches in the writing, symbols of healing (ie., a charm bracelet, Cass’s dream of her younger brother), by the end of the story, I knew Cass would make it! When an author can blur the line between fiction and reality for me, they've done their job well!

Molly Edwards

I'm not a perfect person. No, I'm far from it. But, sometimes you make mistakes that can leave you with a lifetime of turmoil, mistakes that will make people judge you, look down upon you, tell you you are worthless. I've been there. So, when I read the blurb of this particular book, I was excited to jump on it. What was inside? Let me tell you. First of all it has a plot line that will twist your heart up. It is filled with heartache, romance, anger and self discovery. Inside this book you will find characters that aren't perfect. They are far from perfect, as the title claims.

Can you imagine being a good person, never in trouble, and suddenly, with one 'I'll be okay' moment, it's all ripped from you and now you have to face your demons and accept yourself? That was what happened to Cass. I loved following her. She was perfectly imperfect and definitely captured my heart. I saw a lot of myself in her, and as she came to terms with her past, her present and her future I was right there beside her cheering her on. If you love emotionally moving stories, this is one that you won't want to miss. You'll be enveloped into a cocoon of ups, downs, happys, sads, angrys and passions. Definitely a wonderful author and a book that will be on my reading list for a long time to come! Well done, Ms. Bryan!

Author Anna del C. Dye

This is an excellent book that deals with the main character’s alcoholic addiction. Rebecca presents a well-done tale of true experiences of many real life addicts, played by fictional characters. It is a difficult subject that Bryan researched and wrote about very tastefully, in an inspiring kind of way. I enjoyed the trip with Cass and her nonfunctional family, all the way to the last page. Cass is just twenty-years-old and has seen a lot of pain in her short life. When she was a teen her little brother died, and each member of the family blamed themselves. They never talk about it. In Cass’s case, she resorts to alcohol and pretty soon her life takes a nosedive. The judge sends her to rehabilitation and takes her driver’s license away. She has to go back to her parents' home because she has been living in her rental storage unit. Everything seems bleak and horrible, especially when her addiction makes her feel like a loser. To top it all off, the young man she has been in love with since fourteen is seeing a gorgeous girl. What can she expect? After all, she is broken and no one will want to drag her baggage. All of this sets her back, making her want to drown in the alcohol which she still doesn’t consider as that bad for her.

The story is positive and inspiring. The romance is clean and fabulous and redemption is attainable. All these attributes make for a page-turner and a great read. I recommend this book to all, from preteens to adults. They all will benefit from the theme and telling.