as always, Ellen Hopkins presents in vivid detail the lives of troubled youths. her usual themes of confused love and striving for the affection of pa...moreas always, Ellen Hopkins presents in vivid detail the lives of troubled youths. her usual themes of confused love and striving for the affection of parents fuels her novel. being the sequel to Impulse, there are a lot of references to Aspen Springs. in fact, Connor (one of three main characters in Impulse) is the sister of one of Perfect's main characters. it's great seeing both sides of the same story.
though as usual, there are many passages in which Hopkins neglects to differentiate the speaking patterns meanwhile her four main characters. Sean's narrative style is most unique of the four, typically being easily distinguished. but Andre, Kendra, and Cara's voices are all very similar. the usages of different type faces assist in keeping separate each narration. however, some passages still leave the reader having to verify who the speaker is.
overall, Hopkin's "Perfect" is a powerful novel. it continues to emphasize those things that are important in life -- love, friendship, self-acceptance, interdependence, and endurance. it also touches on typical teen troubles, such as drugs, sex, alcohol, "school drama", and parents. it's a great chance to see how one can life affect so many others.(less)
told from the POV of an autistic boy, it really introduces the reader to new paradigms of life. things as simple as small talk and facial features are...moretold from the POV of an autistic boy, it really introduces the reader to new paradigms of life. things as simple as small talk and facial features are mind-boggling to the main character; whereas complex mathematics calculated all in his mind soothes him. "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" is great for a quick, fun, and light read.(less)