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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
You’re Perfect to Me by Isabel Scheck is a collection of forty-nine short freestyle poems written about an anonymous person – all we discover about him or her is they have brown eyes. The secret lies not in the poetry itself but in the dedication: “This is for one of my friends who I like a little too much...” It seems reasonable to assume Isabel Scheck is writing about reality. Whether or not she is, it certainly comes over that way very effectively. Whilst never referring to “he” or “she”, always “them” or “they”, it is clear how she feels about this person, and that she has no right to do so. Or that is my impression garnered from Easier Said Than Done: “They are the center of someone else’s universe and I need to get over them quickly”.
For me, although the story of attraction comes over vividly poem by poem – most are only one or two long sentences laid out as verses – the highlight is My Universe. It describes the explosive sensation of admitting you are in love more vividly than any other I have read. To return to the “story”, it reveals the longing to be like the person who is perfect, their beauty in the way they look and behave, the thrill and comfort of their touch, the inability to think of anything but them, and the fear of losing them. Traveling that road with Isabel Scheck in You’re Perfect to Me is an intense, unforgettable experience.