PerfectBook - 2011
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.
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LoganLib_Dove Jun 26, 2016
Perfect is an interesting read on the concept of how far do we need to go until we feel we are 'perfect.' It follows the lives of four young adults, and their personal obsession with perfection. Ellen Hopkins writing style is very similar to poetry giving the whole book an out of this world exper... Read More »
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Through out this book you'll follow 4 teens and their ideas of perfect. You'll find out what issues they may have, and how being 'perfect' may not always be what it's cut out to be. Whether perfect is pretty, skinny, buff, being yourself, or smart. It's an impossible goal. The 4 teens find themselves in this book. No matter how hard it is. Has to do with suicide, eating disorders, steroid use, drinking, drug abuse, sexuality
It saddens me that Ellen Hopkins is said to be the bestselling living "poet" in America, considering that her writing is poetry only in the sense that the formatting looks like a poem, with short fragmentary lines, and ever-so-clever offset summaries (ahem). It isn't especially poetic. That's not to say all her books are bad, just that she's chosen her trademark formula and is sticking to it, and it's a little tired at this point. That said, standard prose would make her brand of after-school-special melodrama impossible to wade through. By tightening up the language, she avoids writing total dreck. I thought this was her worst work though, because it was strained and because she threw in a couple of rapes for extra drama but didn't write anything substantial about them, giving the impression that the victims weren't particularly affected by their experiences. We need another contrived plot device here: "Oh, that was certainly unpleasant. But we need to advance what passes for a plot, so moving on." Oh well, rape could be fodder for the next book she spews out, right?
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