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Depicting with humor and insight the pressure to be outwardly perfect, this novel for ages 10-13 shows how one girl develops compassion for her own and others’ imperfections.

For 13-year-old Isabelle Lee, whose father has recently died, everything's normal on the outside. Isabelle describes the scene at school with bemused accuracy--the self-important (but really not bad) E
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Paperback, 172 pages
Published September 16th 2004 by Milkweed Editions
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Merary
I had a hard time deciding on rating this book. I didn't know if I wanted to give it 3 stars or 4 stars. Then, i finally decided with 3.5 stars.

Normally when I expect to read pink, little book like this one, I don't expect the tone to be dark even if the back of the book already said that it was. Eating disorders and death. What a great theme for children who needs to have their eyes open for the real world.

Isabelle Lee(Cool name, by the way) is a thirteen-year-old bulimic. Ever since her dad di
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Suki
Mar 25, 2008 Suki rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!!!!
Perfect by Natasha Friend, Milkweed Editions,2004, 232pgs.,$6.95,ISBN 1-57131-651-5

Who doesn’t want to be perfect? I thought. Everyone desires a perfect body, glamorous and appealing. Following the death of her father, Isabelle, a thirteen-year-old,tries to reach her goal, almost leading to the condition of an eating disorder. This summer Isabelle attends the “Eating Disorder and Body Image Therapy Group” which is part of “the deal” with her mom. Isabelle is going to seek the truth in the worl
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Michelle
Jun 15, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenage girls
This is a YA book that I would definitely recommend to teenage girls. Friend has a simple, pleasant writing style that makes the novel a quick read, yet she still hits home on the issues of bulemia, loss of a parent, and most importantly, appearance vs. reality in the world of teenage girls. The progression the main character makes throughout the novel is entirely believable, as is the fact that she doesn't have it all figured out by the end of the novel, but she realizes it will come in time. F ...more
Marina S.
Sep 15, 2009 Marina S. rated it did not like it
Perfect by Natasha Friend

Natasha Friend's book, Perfect, has a fairly simple story about a teenage girl with an eating disorder. The only twist is that the family of the main character, Isabelle, is coping with the tragic death of her father. As Isabelle's mother and sister are dealing with problems of their own, Isabelle is struggling with bulimia for her own reasons and is not happy when she is sent to 'Group' to take care of her problem. With the most popular girl at school also going to thes
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Patricia
Jan 01, 2010 Patricia rated it really liked it
This book is basically about a girl named Isabelle. She has a health problem. She throws up after she eats. When her mom finds out, she sends her to Group. But in Group she out Ashley, the most popular girl in school is also there. The main characters are Isabelle and Ashley. An internal conflict occured when Isabelle wasn't sure if she wanted to continue to throw up.
In this book, I could make a text to text connection. This book can also connect to "It's Not the End of the World" by Judy Blu
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Karina Perales
Nov 04, 2010 Karina Perales rated it it was amazing
The cover and the title of the book really caught my attention and make me want to read it.

In this book it tells the story of Isabelle Lee who is basically your normal teenage girl. Just like every girl she has some issues with her body and just problems with her family. Except Isabelle's problems with her body lead her to making herself throw up and just do bad things to her body. And then there's the fact that her Father died and her Mother isn't really a mother to her anymore. Her mother jus
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Becky Schroeder
Dec 08, 2013 Becky Schroeder rated it really liked it
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Toughlove
Oct 15, 2007 Toughlove rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: to any teenager who has an eating disorder
Perfect by Natasha Friend, is a book about a girl named Isabelle Lee, who has and eating disorder. She is thirteen years old, and the book tells about how her life is and all the problems that are going on, since her dad died. She has to start Group, after her little sister told on her, when she caught her throwing up. She is surprised when she sees Ashley Barnum, the most popular girl in the eighth grade, walk in. In Isabelle’s eyes, Ashley is perfect, and that is what she wants her life to be ...more
SmilingDork
Sep 19, 2015 SmilingDork rated it it was amazing
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Read this back in seventh grade and loved it. It gave me more of a idea of who I didn't want to be and convinced me not to become a binger. My middle school years were not the best and I almost did some pretty bad shit. I almost started bad habits and said very ugly things to my family and this was were books became part of my foundation more that they ever were for me and reliever and a place I could escape life. Now I am happy and better but this book convinced me that binging is bad and that ...more
Daija Jefferson
Feb 05, 2015 Daija Jefferson rated it really liked it
Have you ever made yourself throw up because they didn't like how you look ? If so this is the book for you.The genre of this book is drama. This book is basically about a girl that was over weighted in she didn't like it so she decided to make herself throw up instead of exercising. She think that writing in her journal, and making herself throw up was her exercise. She really wanted to be like this girl named Ashley because she believe that she was so " PERFECT". I really like this book becaus ...more
Hannah
Oct 15, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing
AWESOME! YOU MUST READ!
Cayla
Jul 06, 2012 Cayla rated it it was amazing
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Fresh out of eighth grade, I really wanted to read this book to see how “realistic” it was, considering it was based around two eighth graders.

Surprisingly, it was nearly exact in the way people are in middle school nowadays. The love notes from Brian may be a little farfetched (anyone who did that would be totally mortified), but hey, it just adds to the story.

Isabelle Lee was caught by her sister April throwing up in the bathroom. And, no, she didn’t have the flu. She was purging. So now, as p
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Amy
Apr 08, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade: B

At her first eating disorders therapy group, Isabelle is surprised to see Ashley, the prettiest, most popular and perfect eight grader in school. As the two become friends, Isabelle is invited to sit at the popular lunch table. But she's still unhappy, still binging and purging. Her dad is still dead and her mother is still too sad to be much of a mom. As she begins to realize Ashley isn't as perfect on the inside as she appears on the outside.

I read reviews calling debut writer Natasha
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Tasia Webster
Oct 30, 2014 Tasia Webster rated it really liked it


Have you ever made yourself throw up because you didn't like your weight? well that's what my character does very often in this story. I'm going to explain Isabelle lee complicated life to you. This book is fiction its person vs self conflict. In my opinion this amazing book for teens girl to be more confident.
this story take place in modern time. This book is book is about a girl who lost her father and is going threw a tough period in life right about now.she's a girl who is embarrass to ch
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Amy Li
Dec 13, 2014 Amy Li added it
I choose this book to read because of the blurb. The blurb was interesting that it caught my attention to read it. After reading the book, the book taught me that you should always be true to yourself or you may regret. One quote from the book that shows this is " The thing is, if you look at a person's mouth, you can be fooled. What you have to do is look at their eyes. That's where the truth is. And with Ashley, the eyes weren't saying Great!. I can tell you that" (Friend 125). In other words, ...more
Britney Low
Nov 05, 2014 Britney Low rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended by my friend at school. I chose this book because my friend said that it was really good.
One thing that impressed me in the book is how the author wrote about the book and explained it perfectly throughout the story. One quote that explains what the book was about throughout the story is “When you believe in something, stand up for it, even if everyone is sitting.” This quote represents what I wrote because in the book a girl called Isabelle is bulimic and so is the mos
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Taylor Stumpf
Nov 01, 2014 Taylor Stumpf rated it did not like it
In the book “Perfect” by Natasha Friend is about a teenage girl, Isabelle, with a intense eating disorder. The grief of her dad's death has been very harsh to her and the mother causing Isabelle to have an eating disorder. The time they figured out that Isabelle had an eating disorder was when her younger sister caught her forcing herself to throw up. Isabelle begged for her sister not to tell mom but yet she told her mom. Ever since that day Isabelle has called her sister ape face. Ape face doe ...more
Gizelle
Nov 06, 2015 Gizelle rated it liked it
Perfect..... Is about a girl named Isabelle Lee, she has went through a hard time when her father passed away. Ever since Isabelle hasn't been the same she eats food but then later on she pukes in the toilet. Her sister found her doing and told her mom Isabelle now has to go a "Eating Disorder and Body Image therapy group". When she finds out that Ashley Barnum is in that group also ( Ashely is one of the popular girls ), she's shocked because someone so "perfect" can have a problem.

I did like t
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Fake Name
Jul 21, 2015 Fake Name rated it it was ok
It had its good bits, but for the most part wasn't great. Longer review when I'm not on my phone.
Bonus complaint: why is it that when people transliterate Hebrew they capitalize it? Shamash is not actually a proper noun. It should be italicized.
Full review to come (I should really start keeping a list of reviews I've labeled this way while without my laptop...)

Okay, here goes:
So, first, the way the author made it all Jewish-y toward the end. What was with that? Did she want to show off her brac
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Juliane
Mar 04, 2015 Juliane rated it liked it
I read Perfect by Natasha Friend and enjoyed it a lot. The main character, Isabelle Lee has just lost her father and now is developing a serious problem, she is never comfortable with her own body. She wants to appear as a perfect 13 year old. But, one day when her evil 10 year old sister, April (Ape Face), walks into her leaning over the toilet forcing herself throw up, she ratts her out to her mother. When this happened Isabelle’s mother made her go to an Eating Disorder and Body Image Therapy ...more
Precious
Jan 29, 2015 Precious marked it as to-read
Have you ever made yourself throw up because you didn't like your weight? well that's what my character does very often in this story. Isabelle Lee is the main character in this book perfect and she doesn't like her life. Perfect is a realistic fiction novel about a good who doesn't have confident in her self. Isabelle thinks she is to fat so she makes herself throw up. Isabel's sister, April catches Isabel making herself throw up so she tells their mom. Isabella mom puts her in therapy.

The fi
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Gabby
Nov 18, 2014 Gabby added it
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Genesis Aldea
Nov 11, 2014 Genesis Aldea rated it it was amazing
I read the book, perfect because my friend told me about it. Also I have read the book lush by the same author and I enjoy her books. I had high expectations to read this book. This book is a good book to read for any girl. When Isabelle was talking to Trish her therapy teacher she says, "I've thrown up twice today, I don't understand why you would think that's good." Isabelle struggles with bulimia after her father passed away. Her little sister catches her throwing up and tells her mother. The ...more
Anniesa
Oct 06, 2009 Anniesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect is a book of deep understanding and therapeutic remedies for anyone that suffers from eating disorders. This book shows how the loss of someone, the divorce of someone's parents, or any unwanted experience can lead to any effect. This book is about Isabelle who lost her father and how she deals with it by following the eating disoder of bulimia. All of her family can't get over the lost. Her mother is always crying and never wants to do anything or talk about anything, she just pretends ...more
Olivia A
Jan 04, 2013 Olivia A rated it really liked it
In the book Perfect by Natasha Friend, Isabelle Lee is a thirteen year old girl has a lot going on in her life and no one to turn to. She lives with her mother and little sister April that she calls “Ape Face.” The loss of her father has been very difficult for her family. Her perfect world is not perfect anymore and causes her to have an eating disorder.

Isabelle has very few friends and does not have the greatest relationship with her mother or sister. After her sister tells her mother about h
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Bailey
May 21, 2013 Bailey rated it really liked it
I read Perfect for by Natasha Friend. I liked this book and thought it was a quick and easy to understand book. I would recommend this book more to girls than boys because it is told for the girl perspective. This would be a good book ages 12-15 to read over the summer. It was a fun book to read and has a nice ending,
` Perfect, was about a girl Isabelle you had an eating disorder, so every night so would go and throw up what she ate. Her younger sister April told her mom and no has to go to meet
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Angie Crew
Jun 02, 2013 Angie Crew rated it liked it
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I read this book in about 2 hours and I liked it, I just didn't love it. I am a teacher so I enjoy reading books I can pass on to my students. I think this is a great book but I don't think my students will dig it. While it is very realistic, I think there is not enough action to keep the interests of students today UNLESS they are going through something similar. I did fear suggesting this book to my students for the following reasons...
1. You don't see any of the major negative effects of bing
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emma kenniff
Oct 10, 2014 emma kenniff rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was very good and taught a very good lesson. Not giving away the lesson. But it did give people a chance to see someone there age go through an issue very serious. I never have enjoyed a book this good since The Fault In Our Stars (you have to read that book if you have not all ready) any way I love this author because she always has a purpose in writing her books and the ending of each book is always meaning full or just keeps you on the edge of your seat predicting wh ...more
Jana Rolann
Oct 15, 2009 Jana Rolann is currently reading it
Shelves: ssr
In the book Perfect, itis about a girl named isabelle. Isabelle has a problem, she makes herself throw up afer she eats. Isabelle does this because she is in pain from her father dying three years ago. Throughout the book, she makes a new friend in one of her groups. Her name is Ashley. They become great friends throughout the book and they both eat then make themselves throw up together. throughout the book, isabelle helps around th house and basically becomes the mother because her mo is depre ...more
Sena Khateeb
Jun 23, 2013 Sena Khateeb rated it liked it
Junr 18th, 2013:
And yes, it turned out to be the book about girls with eating disorders. Loved it.
The book reflects a serious problem some teenagers face, and in both Ashley and Isabelle's cases, it was due to family issues. This shows the great influence of family life on teenager's life, in addition to the problems caused by society's absurd, irrational definition of beauty.

May 3rd, 2013:
I saw this book while going through my recommendations- and I've read it before, maybe last year. I don't r
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Natasha Friend is the award-winning author of Perfect, Lush, Bounce, For Keeps, My Life in Black and White, and Where You'll Find Me. When she isn’t writing, she is building forts and making chocolate-chip pancakes. Natasha lives on the Connecticut shoreline with her husband, three children, and dog, Beckett.
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“When you believe in something, stand up for it, even if everyone is sitting.” 112 likes
“It's funny. When we first started hanging out I didn't want Ashley to think I was a pig, so I was careful not to eat too much in front of her....Now, I don't even think about it.” 2 likes
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