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Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown
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Aug 30, 12

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Read in August, 2012

Kendra learned early on that her brother's issues with OCD meant that she had to be the "perfect" kid her parents needed. After years of striving to gain their attention and praise, the pressure has finally cracked her. With just a few weeks of school left til graduation, the cheating ring she orchestrated is coming to light. In a moment of panic and desperation, she finds herself driving out of town with her brother Grayson asleep next to her. Her panic leads them out of their home state of Missouri and across the country as she takes them to California. Along the way, she makes friends with a runaway teen mom and helps her escape from her cruel, much older husband. In spite of her parent’s frantic calls and her brother's suffering from not having his medication, she is determined to not only figure out her own mistakes, but to see if she can help her brother with his issues as well.
Jennifer Brown has once again written an engaging story with characters that you will truly come to care about. Kendra's panic is nearly palpable and she is a teenager that many readers will relate to. After all, who hasn't gotten themselves into a jam and had that sinking feeling wash over them when they are about to get caught. I enjoyed the way that she didn't tell Kendra's whole story (or stories if you count the one between her and Zoe) at once but rather peppered it throughout the story - although the cheating scandal was pretty easy to figure out early on.
While I didn't love this story quite the way I did with Brown's Bitter End, it was still an enjoyable, quick read. An easy one to pass on to older female readers.

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