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: Oh. My. God. At this point, I'm not really surprised that Ellen can give the world something this incredible. Andre was my favorite. Easily. I liked and hated each character which was weird because usually I either really like a character, or I can't stand them. I probably hated Cara the most though because she reminded me of myself and that's rough. Just little things about her and I knew I was going to relate to her because I related to Conner the most when reading Impulse. That was hard to relive. Her relationship with Sean was uncomfortably familiar since I had an interesting conversation with my friend Sean. I wondered if my relationship with him would have been like Cara's relationship with Sean. I won't say anymore because of spoilers, but that was definitely on my mind throughout this book. Sean bothered me. A lot. I can't even say anything more than that, but he did. I still felt bad for him though. Getting in his head was interesting and it was actually my favorite part of the book. Oh Kendra. What to do with you? I wanted to hug her and punch her at the same time. She brings Jenna into the picture. Even though Jenna isn't one of the core speakers, she is still important to the story because of her relationship with Andre. I have to say I hated Jenna. Partially because I know what it's like to be the younger sibling and to feel screwed up. I never took it as far as Jenna though. I also hated her because Andre was my favorite and she doesn't deserve him. I might have a bit of a thing for Andre so I'm just jealous. This was a great story. It might be tied with Impulse for my second favorite. Love! Love! Love!

5 howls


Ellen Hopkins said…
One of my fave reviews ever, because the book inspired in you everything I wanted it to!!