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Perfect

By Ellen Hopkins

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Format: Hardcover, 622 pages
Published In: United States, 01 September 2011
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.

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Gr 9 Up-Ellen Hopkins's companion (2011) to Impulse (2007, both Margaret McElderry Books)), gives voice to four teens trying to live up to the expectations of others while also holding onto secrets. In Impulse, Connor, Tony, and Vanessa were confined to a psychiatric hospital after their failed suicide attempts. Here, Connor's twin sister, Cara, struggles to sustain the flawless facade that her mother has created while also coming to terms with her sexuality. Sean, Cara's boyfriend, has the perfect future mapped out with her, but the effects of steroids take a terrible toll. Andre secretly wants to be a dancer. And Kendra, Connor's ex-girlfriend, will stop at nothing to have the "perfect" body and modeling career. Told from alternating perspectives, Aya Cash, Heather Lind, Aaron Tveit, and Tristan Wilds vividly bring to life each character and their inner turmoil. With varying levels of voicing and character distinction, listeners will be drawn into the lives, hearts, and minds of these teens. As the stories weave into each other, the progression of the characters' desperation, and in some instances, disorder and addiction, are realistically portrayed. Raw and transformational, this audiobook can stand alone, but the story will mean even more to those familiar with the first title. A self-narrated author's note is equally powerful and will have listeners contemplating their own views of perfection. The long tracks, one for each alternating perspective, can be problematic, but not to any major detraction.-Stephanie A. Squicciarini, Fairport Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"This page-turner pulls no emotional punches." "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 "Hopkins addresses teens' struggle with unrealistic expectations in gut-wrenching free verse." --Booklist, August 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 Impulse." --SLJ, August 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 page-turner pulls no emotional punches." --Kirkus Reviews, April 2011 "Hopkins addresses teens struggle with unrealistic expectations in gut-wrenching free verse." --"Booklist," August 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 "Impulse." "--"SLJ," August 2011" "This page-turner pulls no emotional punches." --"Kirkus Reviews, "April 2011 "This page-turner pulls no emotional punches." --"Kirkus Reviews, "April 2011

EAN: 9781416983248
ISBN: 1416983244
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Dimensions: 18.03 x 13.46 x 5.08 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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