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Depicting with humor and insight the pressure to be outwardly perfect, this novel for ages 10-13 shows how one girl develops compassion for her own and others imperfections.

For 13-year-old Isabelle Lee, whose father has recently died, everything's normal on the outside. Isabelle describes the scene at school with bemused accuracy--the self-important (but really not bad) English teacher, the boy that is constantly fixated on Ashley Barnum, the prettiest girl in class, and the dynamics of the lunchroom, where tables are turf in a all-eyes-open awareness of everybody's relative social position.

But everything is not normal, really. Since the dealth of her father, Isabelle's family has only functioned on the surface. Her mother, who used to take care of herself, now wears only lumpy, ill-fitting clothes, cries all night, and has taken every picture of her dead husband and put them under her bed. Isabelle tries to make light of this, but the underlying tension is expressed in overeating and then binging. As the novel opens, Isabelle's little sister, April, has told their mother about Isabelle's problem. Isabelle is enrolled in group therapy. Who should show up there, too, but Ashley Barnum, the prettiest, most together girl in class.

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"Ever since 13-year-old Isabelle Lee's dad died nearly two years ago, her mother refuses to talk about him or cry publicly. Isabelle has followed her example, keeping her feelings inside. On the day of his funeral, though, she began binging and purging. When she's later caught (her younger sister tells on her) her mother sends her to an eating disorder support group, where Isabelle is surprised to see 'perfect' Ashley, the most popular girl in her grade. The two form a friendship that revolves around their eating disorder; they use their hands to cram down mass amounts of food, then throw up in a dumpster, side by side (Ashley even introduces Isabelle to ex-lax). The story arc here is fairly predictable: Isabelle learns that Ashley's life is not so perfect after all, and this combined with therapy puts her on the road to recovery. But graphic binging and purging scenes ('I alternated handfuls of potato chips and HoHos with swallows of Diet Coke.... It always feels better coming up than going down') and Isabelle's therapy sessions help explain the disease to readers without seeming didactic. The believable and likable heroine relates many heartwarming and heartbreaking moments (in one scene, she and her sister decide to celebrate Hanukkah, which they haven't done since her Jewish father died; they raise their glasses to his empty chair). Ultimately Isabelle's story will both touch and educate readers. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Isabelle Lee has a problem, and it's not just Ape Face, her sister, or group therapy for an eating disorder, or even that her father died and her mother is depressed and in denial. It's that Ashley, the most popular girl in school, is inviting Isabelle to join her at lunch and at sleepovers at her house, and this is presenting Isabelle with a dilemma. Pretty Ashley has moved Isabelle up the social ladder, but is it worth keeping the secret they share?

Caught in the orbit of popularity and appearances, Isabelle must navigate a world with mixed messages, false hopes, and potentially harmful turns, while coping with her own flailing family and emotions. The author brings a depth of characterization, humor, and a real adolescent's voice to this multileveled story about the desire to be perfect in an imperfect world.

Synopsis:

Thirteen-year-old Isabelle Lee struggles with an eating disorder while dealing with a turbulent home life and social pressures at school. The author brings a depth of characterization, humor, and a real adolescent's voice to this multileveled story about the desire to be perfect in an imperfect world.

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fyrekracker22, December 30, 2007 (view all comments by fyrekracker22)
perfect is a story of isabelle lee a girl whose dad just died. the loss of her dad causes her mom to cry her self to sleep and take down all the pictures of him. isabelle turns to eating and throwing up, or bulimia. i think all girls should read it and learn that it doesnt matter whats on the outside its whats on the inside that counts.
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S3XIIGIRL10203040, November 6, 2007 (view all comments by S3XIIGIRL10203040)
p3rf3ct is a gr3at book.it showed m3 and som3 of my friiend that siiz3 dos3n't 3v3n matt3r about yr siz3. And i'll t3ll u da truf i g3t hit on 3v3n mor3 now by 3v3rybody and nowe i got m3 a s3xxii ass salvadorian caus3 i r3ad dis book 4 r3al r3ad dis book it's an inspiration 2 me 2 ya mama 2 ya pops just r3ad it's gr3at

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lalalaurenn23, April 24, 2007 (view all comments by lalalaurenn23)
Perfect by Natasha friend is the best book you could read to learn about how imperfect perfect people are. “Ashley Barnum, why would she be here she is the most popular girl in school and perfect. How could she have problems like me? This is what Isabelle was thinking as the beautiful Ashley Barnum walks through the door to enter the group therapy session. To cope with her fathers death Isabelle has resorted to, “puking her brains out after she eats,” as April Isabelle’s sister also known as Ape Face reports to her mother. And as part of the deal wit her mother she has to begin going to group therapy. But Isabelle doesn’t see the deal part she was forced. And why should her mother think that Isabelle is the only one with a problem while she is the one crying herself to sleep every night and bottling all of her feelings up inside. She pretends like their Dad never existed by not talking about him and taking down every single picture of him. How is that supposed to help you deal? But because she has to go to group so much she wants to become friends with Ashley and bond. And as she gets to know her she finds out how someone can look sound and be perfect on the outside but on the inside the world is crashing down. To solve there problems they would have parties together were they would eat and eat and eat and then go and throw up together. Then one day after Isabelle pukes she realized that it didn’t make her feel any better. It was so pointless to force yourself to throw up thinking you would feel better all this time but it doesn’t all you have been doing is hurting yourself. The message that the author is trying to get through is that people appear more perfect then they really are. And people assume that they have the perfect life to go along with your perfect self that makes you feel even more pressured. Nobody is perfect not even Ashley Barnum

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781571316516
Author:
Friend, Natasha
Publisher:
Milkweed Editions
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / General
Subject:
Situations / General
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
800x525
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Ever since 13-year-old Isabelle Lee's dad died nearly two years ago, her mother refuses to talk about him or cry publicly. Isabelle has followed her example, keeping her feelings inside. On the day of his funeral, though, she began binging and purging. When she's later caught (her younger sister tells on her) her mother sends her to an eating disorder support group, where Isabelle is surprised to see 'perfect' Ashley, the most popular girl in her grade. The two form a friendship that revolves around their eating disorder; they use their hands to cram down mass amounts of food, then throw up in a dumpster, side by side (Ashley even introduces Isabelle to ex-lax). The story arc here is fairly predictable: Isabelle learns that Ashley's life is not so perfect after all, and this combined with therapy puts her on the road to recovery. But graphic binging and purging scenes ('I alternated handfuls of potato chips and HoHos with swallows of Diet Coke.... It always feels better coming up than going down') and Isabelle's therapy sessions help explain the disease to readers without seeming didactic. The believable and likable heroine relates many heartwarming and heartbreaking moments (in one scene, she and her sister decide to celebrate Hanukkah, which they haven't done since her Jewish father died; they raise their glasses to his empty chair). Ultimately Isabelle's story will both touch and educate readers. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Isabelle Lee has a problem, and it's not just Ape Face, her sister, or group therapy for an eating disorder, or even that her father died and her mother is depressed and in denial. It's that Ashley, the most popular girl in school, is inviting Isabelle to join her at lunch and at sleepovers at her house, and this is presenting Isabelle with a dilemma. Pretty Ashley has moved Isabelle up the social ladder, but is it worth keeping the secret they share?

Caught in the orbit of popularity and appearances, Isabelle must navigate a world with mixed messages, false hopes, and potentially harmful turns, while coping with her own flailing family and emotions. The author brings a depth of characterization, humor, and a real adolescent's voice to this multileveled story about the desire to be perfect in an imperfect world.

"Synopsis" by , Thirteen-year-old Isabelle Lee struggles with an eating disorder while dealing with a turbulent home life and social pressures at school. The author brings a depth of characterization, humor, and a real adolescent's voice to this multileveled story about the desire to be perfect in an imperfect world.

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