Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series: Impulse #2
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Drama, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Format: Advanced Reader Copy
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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?
Ellen Hopkins never lets her readers down, instead she soars above as we watched the stars she forms. Perfect is another star that she has created for her readers to enjoy. Perfect shows the effects of what the word "perfect" has on everyday teens.
"Perfect" is, as Hopkins tells us, a word that is defined differently for different people. There is no set in stone definition of Perfect. To reach perfection is impossible because perfection doesn't exist, and Hopkins shows what happens to these teens who try to strive to reach such a perfection.
Perfect is the sequel to Impusle, a favorite of mine I might add, the story takes place while Conner Skyes had attempted suicide and is rehabilitating at Aspen Springs. The lives portrayed in Perfect are his twin sister Cara, his ex-girlfriend Kendra and her sister Jenna, Sean who is Cara's boyfriend, and Andre who becomes Jenna's boyfriend. As in all of Hopkins books, each reality begins to encompass another until they all intertwine. Ellen Hopkins always manages to bring each one of there lives together in such realistic fashion.
The one thing that you can always expect from Ellen Hopkins (beside the amazing poetic prose that she writes) is the realism that is portrayed in every character that she creates. She grows actual people, allowing the words to lift them off the pages and form actual beings. Hopkins is a genius when it comes of characterization because all of her faulting characters make them so enjoyable to read, the drama that we use to suffice instead of
our own. It's sheer brilliance!
First Line: Perfect? How do you define a word without concrete meaning?