Thursday, May 16, 2013

Review: 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?

Kim's Review: This is probably the fifth Ellen Hopkins book I have reviewed, and they all basically say the same thing: Ellen Hopkins is a writing goddess. Her writing and characterization never fail to impress me; she continuously finds a way to make her characters interesting and believable without being too dramatic or over-the-top. It has been a year or so since I read Impulse, the first book of this series, but I didn't feel lost because the reader is subtly reminded of what happened in the previous novel. I loved being able to see what was happening in Conner's family while he was away and how him being gone affected those around him. There were also a few new characters that interacted well with the older ones. I liked this book even better than the first one, and sequels like that are hard to come by. This is another amazing book by Ellen Hopkins, and if you haven't read at least one of her books already, you're sure missing out!

Note: Like Fallout, Perfect is the sequel to another one of Hopkins's books titled Impulse, but it can be read alone as well.

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