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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 l...more
Hardcover, 622 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Yue [Wonder of living]
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)...more
Mikayla_
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...more
Sammi
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...more
Thomas
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
O.Z.
I am a teenager. I've never drank alcohol, done drugs, had sex, or considered suicide. And yet I liked Identical, loved Crank, loved Impulse. I am hooked on Ellen Hopkins' style of writing, so when I first heard about Perfect, my expectations soared, because I know the struggle to be perfect around and within me, and so I expected this book to resonate even more. I was left sorely disappointed. I did find the four different characters and their respective "paths to perfection" to be well chosen,...more
Sesana
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
Rhyanne
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, “...more
Melissa See
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.
Kelly
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...more
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,...more
Dylan
This might be Ellen's best book to date...seriously...wow.
Brandi
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" &&...more
Mickey Reed
Aug 27, 2011 Mickey Reed rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Anna
Sep 14, 2011 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of other Ellen Hopkins books
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Sydney
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AnQi
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...more
Abbie
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...more
Read, Run, Ramble
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...more
Kristen Wilson
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...more
Laura
Jan 29, 2012 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Where do I even begin writing a review for Perfect. I guess I'll start with an overview of each of the main characters.

Cara is Connor's twin sister. She's the image of perfection. She has everything going with her until an unexpected person comes into her life. Cara then has to choose between what everyone else expects of her and what she really wants.

Sean is Cara's boyfriend. In Perfect he uses steroids to improve his game in baseball. Sean is madly in love with Cara which is why he uses steroi...more
Megan
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,...more
Grace
The novel "Perfect" by Ellen Hopkins explains the life of four teenagers and the struggles they face. Cara's parents having unrealistic expectations for her, Kendra wanting the perfect body image and doing whatever it takes to achieve it, the sacrifices Sean takes to reach his goals, and Andre wanting to follow is heart even though he has what feels like the whole world against him. These four characters have something in common. They are all striving for two things; perfection and love.

In my o...more
Alaina †
Perfect was, well, perfect! I loved Cara's point of view and her relationship with Dani. I began to hate Sean, but I could relate to Kendra. Andre was sort of irrelevant, but he tied into the story and his personal experiences were inspiring.
The story itself is told through four point of views: Cara, Sean, Kendra, and Andre. Cara is Connor's twin sister ((view spoiler)...more
Lisa
"Perfect" fully loaded that packs a punch! Perfect companion to Impulse. Addicted to Ellen Hopkins, which isn't surprising after reading her work. Magic.

That's what everyone wants
to see. Skin, flawless, stretched
over perfectly sculpted flesh.
Men are easy, in their hunt for
skin.
Flash just enough, they'll go
sniffing for more, and when
they're on the sniff, nothing
is
too much to ask. They'll give
up careers, sacrifice families.
Buy a new car, hand over
the key
to the one who wears skin
they want to lo
...more
Brea Mapes
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Lola
Perfect has been on my to read list since I heard of its existence, but I hesitated because it was only available in hardcover. It was out of my mind until Christmas Eve when I went to my favorite cousin's house for a party. Trying to drown out the One Direction blasting from the stereo, I browsed her sparse bookshelf. (My cousin doesn't read much. Shame, isn't it?) She did, however, have all of Ellen Hopkins' books. I asked her if I could borrow this one, and she said I could keep it. See why...more
Elizabeth
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...more
Alma Bucio
This story is about Cara Sierra Sykes she has to deal with her parents after her twin brother Conner tries to kill himself and when she finds someone else in her life that’s not her boyfriend Sean. It’s also about Sean Terrence O’Connell and how he wants to be in the same college as Cara but he doesn’t know that she doesn’t love him anymore.
This story is also about Kendra Melody Mathieson and how she will go through anything just to become a perfect model and that means plastic surgeries and...more
Sherry
Nov 11, 2011 Sherry rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: yes
Recommended to Sherry by: no one
This was a good book, but I think I have liked her other books better. You can feel for the four kids and their families in this book. Everyone of us have probably been in one of their situations and just want the hurt to go away. We all have our own ideas of how we would make it go away and in most caeses we can make it go way without much harm or enough courage to reach out for help. Reaching out and finding the right help can be a long and hard journey but most of us are able to make it to th...more
Katharine
Perfect written by Ellen Hopkins, focuses on 4 teens who are all semi connected to each other through the character Conner from the book Impluse. Perfect being a sequel to the Impulse takes place during the same period as Impulse but focuses on Conner's friends and family instead of Conner and his friends at the Asylum. The four characters that narrate in the book are Cara (Conner's twin sister who deals with her parents strive to perfect everything they own including her and a secret she holds...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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“HOW

do you define a word without concrete meaning? To each his own, the saying goes, so

WHY

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

WHERE

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

WHEN

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

WHO

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

WHAT

is perfect.”
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