Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Hopkins sticks to the signature style that has made her books bestsellers, blending verse poetry with controversial topics. In her eighth novel, four teenage protagonists alternately narrate their struggles with perfection. Sean and Kendra's struggles are physical he's a baseball player who turns to steroids, and she's an aspiring model who develops a severe eating disorder ('Real control is/ not putting in more than you can work off.... Shaving off every caloric unit you can/ without passing out'). Cara and Andre's issues are more about identity (Cara is an all-American girl realizing she is a lesbian, while Andre is under parental pressure to pursue a lucrative, ambitious career path and is afraid to admit his passion for dance). This is a sequel, of sorts, as Cara's twin, Conner, a protagonist in Hopkins's suicide-themed book, Impulse, makes an appearance. There is an overabundance of plot points, as readers learn about Sean's dead parents, Kendra's racist father, a vicious attack on Kendra's sister, and more. But Hopkins explores enough hot-button issues (rape, teen plastic surgery, cyberharassment, etc.) to intrigue her fans and recruit new ones. Ages 14 up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"This page-turner pulls no emotional punches." Kirkus Reviews
"This page-turner pulls no emotional punches."
--Kirkus Reviews, April 2011
"Hopkins sticks to the signature style that has made her books bestsellers, blending verse poetry with controversial topics . . . to intrigue her fans and recruit new ones."andlt;BRandgt; --andlt;iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/iandgt;, July 2011
"This companion to andlt;iandgt;Impulseandlt;/iandgt; can stand alone, but packs considerably more punch when read contiguously as intended. andlt;iandgt;. . . andlt;/iandgt;Hopkinsand#8217;s legions of fans will no doubt devour andlt;iandgt;Perfectandlt;/iandgt; and welcome the return of the characters they learned to love in andlt;iandgt;Impulse."andlt;BRandgt; andlt;/iandgt;--andlt;Iandgt;SLJandlt;/Iandgt;, August 2011
"Hopkins addresses teensand#8217; struggle with unrealistic expectations in gut-wrenching free verse."andlt;BRandgt; --andlt;iandgt;Booklistandlt;/iandgt;, August 2011
"At its nucleus, four teenagers are grappling with insecurities that become exacerbated when loved ones turn up the heat. . . . The unrestricted access Hopkins employs is formidable: parents, siblings, love interests, and outliers all thrust frank judgment on the characters. It is how Cara, Sean, Kendra, and Andre react that encourages readersand#8217; emotional attachments. Her writing conveys teenage quandaries with all of the intended consequences, as the verse style only serves to shock as the events unfold."andlt;BRandgt; --andlt;Iandgt;VOYAandlt;/Iandgt;, October 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. 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 selves. Because everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go?
About the Author
Ellen Hopkins is the #1 andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestselling author of eleven young adult novels, as well as the adult novels andlt;iandgt;Trianglesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Collateral, andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;Love Lies Beneathandlt;/iandgt;. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at EllenHopkins.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsLit. For more information on Ventana Sierra, go to VentanaSierra.org.