Review of Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

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?

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A companion novel to Impulse, Perfect kept my interest for a longer period of time but ultimately, still bored the sh*t out of me. The book follows Cara, Kendra, Sean and Andre just after Connor's suicide attempt, which surprised me. It technically follows the same time frame as Impulse did, whereas I was expecting it to pick up where Impulse left off.

As a whole, I found Perfect frustrating. I couldn't stand Sean and I wanted someone to run him over, quite frankly. Kendra's anorexia annoyed me, in that no-one gave a shit that she was killing herself. Cara was on this never-ending self pity party and all she could think of was herself. Andre didn't annoy me, however. He was a pretty decent guy overall. A 5th character that has to be mentioned is Jenna, who I felt could have switched to her perspective at the end as after MAJOR EVENTS which were glossed over, people seemed to forget about her almost when I wanted to know how she was.

Ironically, I found the ending a little too Perfect. Everything suddenly went a bit soppy and it was going on about Couples and the families suddenly became understanding and most of the guys lives were back on track. A couple of issues just trailed off, leaving them unfinished. Basically, it was rushed. Hi, I just read SIX HUNDRED PAGES, give me something to make me feel as if it was worth it?

3/5

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