Author: Ellen Hopkins
Pages [hardcover]: 622
a curious thing. Sometimes
it barrels into you, leaves you
Favorite Characters: Andre & Cara
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.
I’ve read one other novel by Ellen Hopkins-Tricks-and I’ve already decided she’s a fabulous author, and I’ll probably read anything she comes up with, for the rest of my life. She certainly had a way with characters, making them completely deplorable and detestable one moment and worthy of redemption and respect the next. This feat, not easily pulled off, is only accentuated by the wonderful verse writing that lets the emotions drip off of the page, and the characters feel as if they’re right in the room. Telling me their own story, through their own words.
Everything is incredibly heartrending, breathtaking, and just real. I love authors who hold nothing back-however much of a risk they may be taking-and decide to show (because this and others like it are young adult books) teens that although their problems may not be as pressing as Cara’s or Andre’s or Sean’s, they’re not alone in their addictions or disorders, or whatever they might be struggling with. Everyone has to know (however vaguely) someone whose life has fallen to pieces because they couldn’t figure it out themselves, or had no one to help them along the way. And that’s why I think everyone should give these books a chance, however much they think they won’t enjoy them, because you’ll come out of it with a new perspective on . . . everything.
I can’t wait to read more by Ellen Hopkins. I have a feeling this is an author I’ll be following for a long time. I was actually wary of starting in on her books, because I assumed they were nothing but bland poetry, but you know what they say about assumptions . . . And I was completely proven wrong. Everything seems much clearer, and easier to picture, through her style of writing. And it’s completely perfect.
POETIC BRILLIANCE. 5/5 stars