This Perfect World
Heddy Partridge was never my friend. I have to start with that.
Heddy Partridge was never my friend because I was pretty, popular, clever and blonde and my friends were pretty, popular, clever and generally blonde, too.
Heddy Partridge was none of these things.
Laura Hamley is the woman who has everything: a loving and successful husband, two beautiful children, an ex...more
Laura has a perfect life, or so it seems. The big house, successful husband, lovely children and the "right" group of friends. But Laura hides away a part of herself, from her past that she dare not share with her circle of perfect friends. What would they think!
Heddy is in a mental hos ...more
It was so refreshing and different to read from the point of view of a character who is terribly flawed, yet still be able to empathize with her. Laura is living in a world of French classes for toddlers and play-dates only with the ''right kind'' of children.
She thinks she has left her past behind her, until the mother of a gi ...more
Narrated by Laura, a woman who lives the seemingly perfect life - with the perfect children, husband, house and circle of friends. Her friends are women who are all married to rich men, women who spend their time talking hair, shoes, lunch and judging each other by what they have or do not have. A totally superficial life based on wealth ...more
Out of the blue Heddy's mum calls her and asks for her help. Heddy has suffered a breakdown and is in hospital. She wants Laura's help to get her home again. She reluctantly gets drawn in- and reveals images of the past. Her seemingly perfect world begins to unravel and the 'friends' s ...more
This book is well written and very engaging.
Despite not liking the protaganist Laura at the start of the book it was a compelling read. The stories of life in the playground were uncomfortably realistic as were those of the "school mums." I am sure we all know or have known people like these.
The book is really about the consequences of our actions, Laura has to atone for her actions as a child and in the process quesitons her current life.
This is not an easy book to ...more
I enjoyed this very much. An uncomfortable read at times. The cruelty to "poor Heddy Partridge" was painful to experience, but the ...more
Laura recalls Heddy Partridge's treatment at her hands when Heddy is brought back into her life following a call from her mother.
As Laura questions her actions in childhood, the thin veneer of her seemingly perfect life as a middle-class suburban housewife starts to crumble.
This is a sad and soul-searching tale of bullying, self-harm, guilt and the question of ...more
As the book has rece ...more
Hoge verwachtingen had ik van dit boek na het lezen van de achterkant. Een boek over pesten en vooral over pesters. Wat doet dat met je als je een ander pest?
Helaas was het grootste gedeelte van het boek (zo’n 2/3e) voor mij te oppervlakkig, te nietszeggend, te weinig over het onderwerp waar het boek over zou gaan. Er werd het perfecte leventje van Laura omschreven, de pester uit het verleden op de basisschool.
Maar wat een geweldig einde! Was het hele boek maar zo g ...more
Laura heeft het perfecte leventje, ze heeft het allemaal voor elkaar, een leuke man, twee kinderen die natuurlijk ook de perfecte vriendjes hebben en een leven in de 'high class' van advocaten, doctoren en nog meer rijke snobs. Een telefoontje van de moeder van een oud-klas ...more
This really struck a chord with me, because as a child I had a friend who went to various different schools, but wherever he went, he was picked on. Completely new start, same result. Is there some gene that makes children vulnerable and others fortunate. I still don't know the answer. But this quote really struck a chord with m ...more
Bugler's writing is concise and to the point, and she paints some great images, especially in the scenes regarding Laura's phobia of germs. Laura's memories of bullying Heddy are vivid and uncomfortably ...more
This book thus gave me an insight on that and more interestingly from the bully's perspective. It tried implicitly to answer what rejection means. And I thought of this illus ...more
I was debating over whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars so just decided to settle in the middle. It took me a while to get into the book, especially as the narrator, 'perfect' wife and mother of two young children, is the kind of person that I really do dislike. But once I got about halfway through, I really enjoyed it and finished that last half in one day.
This book deals with the theme of childhood bullying and how the things that happen to you in childhood can have ripple effect ...more
The story flits between the present and the past. Laura is a 30 something living a middle-class life in suburban England. She takes her young kids to French classes, does yoga and lunch with her friends, and chats about shoes, home decor and other concerns of stay at home yummy-mumm ...more
Laura, the narrator, leads a rather Stepford Wives existence with a handsome successful husband and two beautiful children. Then she receives a phone call from the mother of Heddy a girl she was at school with. Heddy a victim of bullying as a child, is being held in a mental hospital after a breakdown. Her mother wants Laura's help in getting Heddy released. Laura is initially reluctant to ...more
Heddy is in a mental hospital following a severe break-down and Heddy's mother turns to Laura to make things right. Can she put old demons to sleep? Can Heddy forgiv ...more
As someone who was bullied as a child it really struck a cord in me and I did actually really like Laura, she was just a child at the time and sometimes as a child you dont really know better and obviously her parents didnt help anything and actually made her worse than what she probably would have been if they hadnt kept forcing the situation on her. Also her husband what a total *beep beep beep* makes me realise how fantast ...more