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From an early age Caitlin O'Reilly was taught by her father to strive for nothing short of perfection. Growing up in a small town in the North of Ireland, she tries to live up to his expectations, and when she goes to university and falls in love for the first time, she thinks everything really is perfect. Until one day when the town, her love and her family, are completel ...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by PanMacmillan Australia
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Less than Perfect is a book that has so much going for it. The writing is superb - as I have come to expect from Ber Carroll - and flawless. Although the contents are deep/dark and at times traumatic, the flow and feeling of the writing is effortless, meaning that before I even realised, I was more than halfway through the book. I was just that absorbed in both the characters and the plot that time seemed to fade away, however cliche as it might sound.

Less than Perfect is told in three parts
This is the first book that I read by this Author. It was an enjoyable read.

Irish Catholic Caitlin O'Reilly was raised in a family where rules and knowing right from wrong meant everything. Her Father raised her to believe that if she followed the rules, the world would be a safe place. So if the rules were followed she was made to believe that also perfection could be achieved.

A tragic event shatters her image of the perfect life,she thought she had.It also ruins her faith in her Father.She f
This is Ber's best book to date. She deals with tough issues, but still manages to create real and sympathetic characters. I loved it.
Less Than Perfect is the fifth book by Irish/Australian novelist, Ber Carroll and is written in three parts, each centring on a significant day for the main character, Caitlin O’Reilly. In the first part, Caitlin’s life at eighteen in Belfast is described: her relationships with her unemployed older brother, Liam; her interactions with her loving mother, Paula, her perfectionist father, ethicist Professor Jonathan O‘Reilly, her younger sister, Maeve; and her first encounter with her boyfriend, J ...more
Jasmin Sahbi
This book was amazing i was already crying by the end of chapter 2 and then all the way to the end of the book!! LOVED IT !!!!
really good book. not the normal type of book i would read but i really enjoyed this one. considering i picked it up for $1 it was really good.
Carol Preston
Loved parts of this - historical scenes at beginning portraying horror of Belfast bombings, the main character of Caitlin O'Reilly was very believable and intense, although at times really annoying. I thought the middle section was a bit slow but liked the end. Good romance, good reconciliation and resolution of family and grief issues.
Jenny Foley
I really enjoyed this book and loved that most of the story was set in Melbourne. I empathised with the main character, Caitlyn, and thought the ending tied things up very well.
So-so. Slightly deeper than chic-lit lite, but I found the main character frustrating.
Although annoying at times it was at the very least thought provoking and realistic.
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How Ber created the character of Caitlin 1 3 Sep 04, 2011 08:07PM  
Ber Carroll was born in Blarney, a small but rather famous village in Ireland. The third child of six, she often retreated from the chaos of family life by immersing herself in books. She has fond memories of the mobile library bus that used to pull up outside their house in Blarney and the dozen or so books she would borrow at a time, some quite inappropriate for her age.

Ber moved to Sydney in 19
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