You're Perfect to Me


Poetry - Love/Romance
58 Pages
Reviewed on 03/01/2020
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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.

K.C. Finn

You’re Perfect to Me is a collection of poetic verses and poignant ideas compiled by author Isabel Scheck. Centered on the themes of love and romance, this collection showcases the importance of expressing those feelings for someone else through words and verses. It contains a total of forty-nine poems that the author dedicates to ‘a friend’ to whom she feels close, and the verses make up an overall narrative of musings on the object of affection and the idea of how perfect they look in the eyes of their admirer. It goes beyond the physical into emotional, social and even somewhat spiritual feelings of love.

This is an optimistic and bright narrative of love that, when read as a whole work, gives a truly uplifting perspective on romantic feelings and the idolization stage of really loving someone somewhat from afar. I feel that teens and young people who are experiencing true love for the first time will really relate to author Isabel Scheck’s honest and hopeful expressions, and the simplistic writing style of the verses will make them highly accessible to all readers. When looked at as individual poems, some of them may be a little too simple for the poetry connoisseur to pick up and appreciate, but the charm is truly in the journey as a whole and the progression of different expressions throughout the stream of consciousness of the author. Overall, You’re Perfect to Me speaks of a fond and nostalgic time of idealization and positivity which is well worth being reminded of.

Jacob R LaMar

Isabel Scheck’s You’re Perfect to Me is a 55-page love poetry collection. In the beginning, Scheck dedicates the book to her friend that she admits she likes a little too much. To add variety, each piece is between two and eleven lines long and one poem has a grand total of only four words. The book contains short poems with none extending past the first page and few making it to the bottom half of the sheet. To portray Scheck’s style of writing as accurately as possible, I would compare it to random thoughts of love that people experience when they least expect it. Many feel like individual moments with a singular thought or feeling that drives the verse along. At the end of the book, the author has included an About the Author section with her social media information attached.

You’re Perfect to Me is a short and sweet selection that I enjoyed for all of the heartfelt qualities it possesses. It doesn’t waste much time with unnecessary word usage to try to prove its sophistication. If I were to think of one word to describe Scheck’s light poetry it would be this: simple. I do mean that in the best way as its simplicity sets it apart from its peers. The book uses many metaphors to describes the feelings the writer is experiencing and while some hit home, others seem not to fit as well. This is only subjective of course and, overall, You’re Perfect to Me is still a charming selection of poetry to read.