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.
; 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.
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.
Publishers Weekly, July 2011
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
SLJ, August 2011
Hopkins addresses teens' struggle with unrealistic expectations in gut-wrenching free verse.
Booklist, 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 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
What would you give up to be perfect? Four teens find out in the
New York Times
bestselling companion to
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,
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
give up to be
A riveting and startling companion to the bestselling
, Ellen Hopkins's
exposes the harsh truths about what it takes to grow up and grow into our own skins, our own selves.