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Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
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Oct 01, 11

bookshelves: poetry, young-adult, read-in-2011
Read from September 27 to 30, 2011

A companion to Impulse, this involving Conner's twin sister, Cara, and three other teens. I found it an interesting move on her part to decide to have this parallel Impulse in a lot of ways, showing what was happening in Conner's town during the events of the other book. So, while this could be read without reading Impulse first, I'd say they really should be read in order to get the full impact at the end when the two storylines converge.

This was solid storytelling, and overall I liked reading from each teen's perspective. I had the hardest time with Sean, and he was the only one I wasn't rooting for in any kind of way. (view spoiler)

My only real complaint in here is that it felt like it ended so abruptly, with so much still up in the air about the kids involved. Still, that's something Hopkins generally does in her books, but it definitely left me wanting more. While I felt Impulse flagged in areas, this was one of her tighter-written narratives.
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