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Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Summary: Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there.

Cara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother Conner spiraling toward suicide. For her, perfect means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body—no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. To score his perfect home run—on the field and off—Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never have understood.

Everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go? What would you give up to be perfect?

A riveting and startling companion to the bestselling Impulse, Ellen Hopkins’s Perfect exposes the harsh truths about what it takes to grow up and grow into our own skins, our own selves.

*Review:     I loved Impulse. I was expecting a lot with Perfect, just because all her other books have been amazing and a comfort when I was down. But it was hard to get into.  It had a lot of great stories in it, all interconnecting, but sometimes there was just too much going on. It’s one of those books that is hard to put down, not because it is vastly interesting, but because if you do you know it’s going to take a little work to remember what is going on. I love the fact that it is written in poetry and how some pages have two different things to read. But overall, this is probably one of my least favorite books by her. It has some great messages, it just seems like there is too much going on that some things did not get addressed as much as I would have liked.  Since there are four characters that the perspective is being switched around with, and countless other characters besides them, you never really get to know the people that well. That being said, this novel still needs to be read, especially for fans of Impulse and anybody who struggles with their sexuality, body image and their overall self worth. But I would definitely go with some of her other books first.  A little hard to get into, but in the end worth the read.

Genre: Grief, Social Issues, YA, Written in Verse