It's Got to Be Perfect

The memoirs of a modern-day matchmaker

Fiction - Chick Lit
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 05/27/2013
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Author Biography

Haley was born in London in 1977, with a big heart, big feet and big ideals.

In 2005 she set up what turned out to be the UK’s biggest matchmaking agency. She has since sold it and drunk the proceeds.

She lives in Battersea with her husband James, a wine merchant and consequent enabler of her habit, their twin girls and a scruffy hound called Rufus.

She spends her days chasing her toddlers around the house, trying to write but mostly just messing about on Twitter.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

If you’re looking for some cheeky matchmaking tale similar to those reality television matchmakers, then Haley Hill’s "It’s Got to Be Perfect" is not the book for you. No, instead of an endless stream of expletives, screaming and gut-wrenching tears "It’s Got to Be Perfect" is as entertaining as watching your favorite rom-com. How do you know your future husband-to-be isn’t right for you? Is it that you can’t remember his middle name? Or could it be that you’ve just found out he has more than a healthy appreciation for internet pornography? Or is it that he tells you you’re moving too soon…on the day of your wedding?

And that is where we begin Ellie’s journey of self-discovery, entrepreneurship and hilarity. After the wedding she takes her quest for love to a dating site. Navigating the choppy waters of dating Ellie finds herself wanting more than the stock of men the internet has offered up so with the help of her best girls decides to put her failed efforts to work for others as a professional matchmaker. This well-written and more often than not laugh out loud story is the perfect example of what the dreaded “chick-lit” moniker should be. The characters and the story are well-developed, the writing is witty and honestly I just didn’t want it to end. Haley Hill does a hilarious job reminding us that it doesn’t have to be perfect, just perfect for us and she does it in a way that keeps the reader engaged and amused without those pesky life lessons often found in tales like this.