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Perfect (Impulse #2)

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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

ebook, 640 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Miss Bookiverse It's more of a companion really. It takes place at the same time as Impulse and mentions Conner every now and then because Cara, his twin sister, is…moreIt's more of a companion really. It takes place at the same time as Impulse and mentions Conner every now and then because Cara, his twin sister, is one of the protagonists in Perfect.(less)
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I'm dying. Holy guacamole. That was beautiful.
I can't express it into words, what Ellen Hopkins can do. She's unbelievable. A superhuman? I cannot disagree otherwise. To be honest, I'm usually not the person to cry in books. I didn't even cry in Impulse. (Heartless, yeah.) (view spoiler)
Mar 03, 2012 Mikayla_ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I read it. It was so beautiful. More beautiful than Impulse? Maybe. I don't know. What I do know is that I fell in love with characters here more than in Impulse.

Cara, especially since I identify with her so much... (I know what you're thinking, and I don't care if you think it.)

I loved Cara/Dani. I love any gay pairing to be fair. I'm not sure why. As a huge straight against hate supporter, I guess that comes naturally.

Cara, Cara, Cara. The only one worth talking about. Perfection. I adore he
In Perfect Ellen Hopkins tells the story of four teens trying to find their flawless selves. Cara's brother has been committed to a psychiatric hospital after a failed suicide attempt, and she is struggling to deal with their parents' overbearing expectations as well as her sexual identity. Sean utilizes steroids in order to succeed, but does not realize that the risks and the consequences may make his efforts futile. Kendra covets the perfect body, yet cannot see beyond the idea that skinny is ...more
Oct 23, 2011 Sammi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read enough Ellen Hopkins books to have an idea of her average character. Addicted to something, self-destructive, beautiful, liable to fall in love over the course of the book. And at the beginning of Perfect I thought that was exactly what I got. It followed the structure perfectly; multiple intertwined lives meshing to prove the same point. It's the point that made on the very first page: perfect is an illusion.

I guess I was a bit disappointed.

There was alcoholism and pill-popping and st
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

I didn't like this book as much as I did the first one, Impulse, but it's still pretty good.

You have Cara who is Conner from the first books sister. Then there is Sean, Cara's boyfriend, Andre a new character, and Kendra who used to date Conner before he dumped her.

So the story focuses on these four. There are some other characters that are involved in their stories but it's all about them from each of their perspectives.

Cara has trouble with her parents th
Nov 04, 2015 Nawal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt that this book was the best companion Impulse could have possibly had, honestly, Ellen is God. I loved the subtle intertwining of the storylines, and I loved reading this book because of the style. If Ellen didn't have this specific style of writing, I would not read any of her books. I'm serious. All the characters were plunged into endless downward spirals (except maybe Andre and Cara) and we saw them blindly following the supposed path of perfection. And I can say for sure that I know ...more
Melissa See
Sep 26, 2011 Melissa See rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my God. As of right now, there are no words to describe how much I loved this. And I doubt there ever will be. Thank you, Ellen Hopkins. Thank you.
Well, this was a big improvement over Impulse for me. I do think that Hopkins's writing has steadily improved over the course of her writing, a little better with each book. The thread that tied all of these stories together is a little thinner than in some of her other books, but certainly closer than in Tilt. The one thing all four of her viewpoint characters have in common is that they're being pressured to be perfect, by their parents, by themselves, or both. We have two guys and two girls, ...more
Jan 23, 2012 Rhyanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rhyanne Lynch
January 23, 2012
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“Perfect” Review
Sex. Sexuality. Deprivation. Desperation. Abuse. Abandonment. The pursute of complete and udder perfection is a very messy one with many turns and tricks. Hopkins positively describes the true emotions and feelings of confused individuals and explaining perfect as an expectation you hold to yourself, not one someone holds for you. The saying “Went looking for perfection, got lost.” comes to mind when reading Ellen Hopkins enthralling book, “
May 21, 2015 Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without a doubt, Perfect is my new favorite book.

Perfect tells the story about four teens: Cara, whose parents demand that she be perfect in everything she does, and her parents' drive for perfection have already landed her brother in Aspen Springs, after he tried to commit suicide. Kendra, who desperately wants to model, and she wants the perfect model body, no matter how many pills and plastic surgeries she needs to get her there. Sean, who is obsessed with having muscles on top of muscles. He
Jul 05, 2015 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book takes place during the events of impulse (the 1st book in the duology) and is from Cara's POV (Connor's sister) & 3 of her "friends".

While Impulse concentrated on suicide & the meaning of life etc, Perfect is all about Perfection and what it is to achieve "perfect".
But this book is so powerful! It deals with sexuality, substance abuse e.g. drugs & alcohol, body image, eating disorders, relationships, abuse, rape, pare
Feb 19, 2016 Elizabeth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
I've read almost all of Ellen Hopkins' books besides Fallout, I think. I absoloutley adore them. She is one of my favorite authors. I love how she writes, it's so artistic and beautiful. She really makes you connect to her characters, and I love how she normally always has more than one main character to follow, and you can always at least relate to one.

I expected this book to be AMAZING, and I even bought it the day it came out. I've been waiting for it to come out, and I'm not gonna lie, I wa
I've been waiting to read this book for a year ever since I read Impulse, and now that I've finished all I can say is Oh my gosh! I can't even explain all the emotions I'm going through after reading this book; and since I'm not very good at making reviews, I'll make this short and sweet.

Obviously, it was beautiful. The novel talks about how individuals (particularly teenagers) are so focused on achieving perfect standards that are superficial and unrealistic that they lose their identity in th
Of the Hopkins books I've read, this one is her weakest. The idea of perfection actually gets lost in a smorgasbord of other issues, especially at the end when the catalyst for all of the characters waking up comes through a character who never got caught up in this very issue (I realize that statement is debatable but since we never see Conner on page, I won't buy it).

The other issue I have with this one is that verse novels are hard. Hopkins is, however, a master. There is no question she can
Madison Fitzgerald
Whether its getting good grades in school, getting the girl or guy, or if its just meeting expectations, we all strive to be perfect. Ellen Hopkins best selling book “Perfect” tells about four strangers aim to be perfect sets them into a downward spiral.

Ellen Hopkins, a poet, freelance writer, and the award-winning author of twenty nonfiction titles and five NY Times Bestselling novels-in-verse, draws in her readers by her style of writing and presenting powerful themes of lost love, betrayal,
Jan 29, 2015 Natasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this on audiobook, and it was cool to hear 4 separate voices paired up with the characters. Each person had a painful story to tell, and even the supporting characters had pasts that hurt to hear about. The main theme though of striving for perfection, pleasing other people over yourself, not being good enough, etc., really hit home and I feel most people will have an emotional connection to it in some way.
Dec 29, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first, I wasn't liking this one as much as the first one, but then I realized that I relate to this one more than the first one. This writing is so beautiful, it's like nothing I've read before. Ellen Hopkins has that unique style that makes you want to keep reading. I read this in a day, just like the first book of this series. It was great to see how Cara was dealing with life while Conner was in Aspen Springs. All of these characters really discovered theirselves and it was great. The endi ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Yanisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was different from the first book in this little series. There were different characters, but the same timeline and small bits of Conner's life. At first I found the new characters to be confusing and I had a hard time allowing them in, for I felt so dearly for the characters in the pervious book. I'm starting to see a theme in Ellen Hopkins's books. Lots of same gender relationships, drugs, alcohol problems, ect. Okay now into the novel... Throughout the whole book I had a difficult t ...more
This might be Ellen's best book to
Allison Daniels
Nov 30, 2015 Allison Daniels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Perfect by Ellen Hopkins I thought was a very good book. I like how she used four characters instead of one and all of their lives intertwined as they attend the same high school. Their names were Cara, Kendra, Sean, and Andre. Having the four characters made the book better by having different problems and it also made it easier to understand having different points of view on things that happened in the book.
Another reason I like this book is because Ellen Hopkins used real life situa
Aug 03, 2013 Brandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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To live up to someone elses expectations is what caused Conner to go over the edge, to fall quickly to his death below, taking the easy way out...rewind to when Conner starts his treatment as Aspen springs and unfold the pressures of others lives as he is in treatment.

Cara, conners sister is fighting the same pressures he did, to be perfect, for her parents, like her parents, but when she experiences a forbidden love, that her parents wouldn't except, she has to find a way to "come out" &&am
Mickey Reed
Aug 27, 2011 Mickey Reed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ellen Hopkins fans, Fans of books written in verse
Shelves: 2011, arc
I received this ARC through an Armchair BEA giveaway. Here is my honest review:

Let me start by saying that this is yet another Ellen Hopkins book that does not disappoint! I don't think it's as gritty as some of her other ones, but there is drama and real pain and emotion in this book. There is the typical drugs, sex, violence in here, but it's all different than what I feel like I'm used to with Hopkins. Granted, I haven't read ALL of her books (I'm missing a couple like Identical..), but this
Sep 14, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of other Ellen Hopkins books
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Apr 01, 2012 Sydney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 04, 2016 AnQi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, wndb
Okay, so you're just going to have to assume that I'm going to give every Ellen Hopkins book five stars. I know that's a bit prejudiced of me, but that's just how great of an author she is.

Seriously. If you haven't read her yet, I'm going to throw you out of the window.

Perfect is kind of an indirect sequel to Impulse. In Impulse, we follow the lives of Vanessa, Toby, and Connor as they try to survive a mental institution called Aspen Springs all for trying to do one thing: suicide. Perfect is
Read, Run, Ramble
Mar 31, 2012 Read, Run, Ramble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2012
Cara, Kendra, Andre, and Sean - they are the teens readers will meet in Perfect. Another gut-wrenching portrayal of the uglier sides of life by Hopkins.

This novel is an extension of sorts of Impulse. In this story, two of the main characters, Cara and Kendra, are closely related to Connor who plays a major role in Impulse. Cara is Connor's sister and Kendra his ex-girlfriend. They both have secrets, both have troubled families, and both are left with confusion, hurt, and anger over Connor's dec
Kristen Wilson
Dec 10, 2013 Kristen Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review is about the book "Perfect" by Ellen Hopkins. This book is about how four teenagers go about finding their own type of perfection.
The book takes the reader through the fight between Cara and her parents. They want her to be their idea of the perfect child and student, but the pressure of these same goals made her brother, Conner, suicidal. Kendra wants to be the most beautiful girl alive. She wants the prettiest face and the skinniest body, and nothing, not even her health or her moral
Feb 10, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Perfect was a great follow up for Impulse. Ellen Hopkins has this way of writing that just makes you want to read more. The only reason it took me as long as it did to finish is just because of my busy schedule. If I had the time, I’m sure I could have finished it in a day.
Perfect has the same set up as Impulse (being told from different points of view) except it had four characters instead of three. The first character is Cara who is Conner’s twin sister. She is dealing with sexuality issues,
Kristina Lenarczyk
Apr 06, 2016 Kristina Lenarczyk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
It is important to note that Perfect is a sequel/companion to Impulse, and I would recommend reading that novel before this. There are a lot of references to Cara's brother Conner, whose story is told in Impulse, and sets the tone for this story and their family.

Impulse was a fantastic read, and is one of my favourites both by Ellen Hopkins, and favourable overall. I had very high expectations for this companion, which were met but not exceeded. It was captivating right from the beginning, and I
Emma Lauren
Jul 13, 2016 Emma Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins was the second installment of the Impulse Series, and frankly, it was absolutely beautiful. To hear the stories of four different teens who are struggling to reach their own ideals of perfect is amazing, along with the fact that all of their stories are remarkably intertwined. Another thing that was truly beautiful about this book is that it has no big ending. Kendra isn't on the mend for her eating disorder, will Sean pass the drug test, is Andre going to be a dancer, a ...more
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Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Triangles, Tilt, and Collateral. She lives in Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and son. Hopkin's Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest pages get thousands of hits from teens who claim Hopkins is the "only one who understands me", and she can be visited at ellenhopkin ...more
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do you define a word without concrete meaning? To each his own, the saying goes, so


push to attain an ideal state of being that no two random people will agree is


you want to be? Faultless. Finished. Incomparable. People can never be these, and anyway,


did creating a flawless facade become a more vital goal than learning to love the person


lives inside your skin? The outside belongs to others. Only you should decide for you -


is perfect.”
“She is madness,
sanity. She is hell, and
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