Πέμπτη, 29 Δεκεμβρίου 2011

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderly Books
Publication date: 13 Sept 2011
Series of Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 9781416983248
Format: e-Book
Pages: 640
Websites:
Ellen Hopkins - Official Site
Ellen Hopkins - Twitter
Ellen Hopkins - Goodreads


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Companion Book(s):
Impulse

Overview:
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?
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Ellen Hopkins...I love you. That's all i can say. I love your writing; i love your stories; i love how each one of them affects me so deeply and always makes me think certain things over. I'm always moved by your stories and i always feel the hair on my skin stand when reading about the characters you create. 

Perfect was no different. I empathized with the characters, some more than others (more: Cara, less: Sean). My hopes were up along with theirs and my heart was also broken along with theirs. 

If you were to ask me who i identified with the most i would have to say with Cara. There was a part of her story I, myself, had to go through and so i felt her closer than any of the other characters in the book. 

Ellen Hopkins tends to write sad, both dramatic and traumatic, yet realistic stories. Perfect is not one of her saddest. On the contrary, there is a glimpse of hope for every character in the end and a promise for things to get better after each character has come to terms with their "imperfections", fears, dreams, contempts and regrets.

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