Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Summary:(from goodreads) 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?
Review: I really loved this book. The premise was really good and I was pretty excited to start reading this. Ellen Hopkins is amazingly talented. She is able to create such an emotional and powerful story, written enitrely in verse. All of the characters are very well developed. I couldn't help but want the best for all of them. The message that this book sends about having unrealistic expectations for yourself and others is a really strong one. I think writing a review of a book I absolutely loved is hard, because I can't put my feelings about it entirely into words. So all i am going to say is read this book. Also, this book was written as a companion novel to her earlier book Impulse, in which Cara's twin brother Conner is a main character. I would reccomend reading Impulse first because it adds a lot to the story if you know what happened in Impulse.

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