Brand: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Product Code: 9781416983248

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Brief Description:
Northern Nevada teenagers Cara, Kendra, Sean, and Andre, tell in their own voices of their very different paths toward perfection and how their goals change when tragedy strikes.

Marc Notes:
; Northern Nevada teenagers Cara, Kendra, Sean, and Andre, tell in their own voices of their very different paths toward perfection and how their goals change when tragedy strikes.; 8; Ages 14 up.

Review Quotes:
This page-turner pulls no emotional punches.
-- Kirkus Reviews, April 2011

Review Quotes:
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.
-- Publishers Weekly, July 2011

Review Quotes:
This companion to Impulse can stand alone, but packs considerably more punch when read contiguously as intended. . . . Hopkins's legions of fans will no doubt devour Perfect and welcome the return of the characters they learned to love in Impulse.
-- SLJ, August 2011

Review Quotes:
Hopkins addresses teens' struggle with unrealistic expectations in gut-wrenching free verse.
-- Booklist, August 2011

Review Quotes:
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 readers' 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.
-- VOYA, October 2011

Publisher Marketing:
What would you give up to be perfect? Four teens find out in the New York Times bestselling companion to Impulse.

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.

Review Citations:
  • Kirkus Reviews 04/15/2011 (EAN 9781416983248, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 07/04/2011 (EAN 9781416983248, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 08/01/2011 pg. 106 (EAN 9781416983248, Hardcover)
  • Booklist 08/01/2011 pg. 47 (EAN 9781416983248, Hardcover)
  • Voice of Youth Advocates 10/01/2011 pg. 384 (EAN 9781416983248, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2012 pg. 101 (EAN 9781416983248, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 01/01/2012 pg. 62 (EAN 9781442344938, Compact Disc)
  • Audio File 08/01/2012 pg. 58 (EAN 9781442344938, Compact Disc) - *Starred Review
  • School Library Journal 08/01/2011 (EAN 9781442423572, Open Ebook)

Contributor Bio:  Hopkins, Ellen
Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen young adult novels, as well as the adult novels Triangles, Collateral, and Love Lies Beneath. 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 and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsLit.