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Perfect You

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  21,861 ratings  ·  922 reviews
Kate Brown's life has gone downhill fast.

Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and now she acts like Kate's invisible.

And then there's Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, whom Kate acts like she can't stand even though she can't stop thinking about him. When Will starts acting inter
Paperback, 282 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Rachel E. Carter
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-paperback
I almost DNF'd this book in the first 30 pages because it was depressing and the protagonist was so passive and unwilling to stand up to her family (a big pet peeve of mine). I don't do sad contemporaries and the only thing that kept me reading was the writing style (first-person sarcastic and hilarious) and then drool-worthy Will....

And then I just kept reading and it got really good. And damn it, that sad world sucked me in and made me feel things. Honestly parts of this book felt so real they
Feb 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'm not going to gather up the energy to do an actual review because I read this – truly, I can't remember when I picked this up. Anyway, this book is one of the explanations on why I'm not a big fan of contemporary YA romance books.

The basic story is:
The book revolves around Kate who works with her father selling Vitamins in the mall. Her best friend has become popular and ever since that occurred, she acts as if Kate is invisible. And...other cliché teen drama crap, which I will not bother to
Wendy Darling
This book is equal parts adorable and frustrating. The romance had a lot of promise, and the family and friend dramas were engaging. But it takes way too long for Kate to wake up to what's really going on with her best friend, way too long for her to figure out whether Will is actually sincere, and the thing with the dad played out for way too long as well. And after she does wake up, we don't get much time to enjoy it before it all ends.

All in all, this could have been a great book, but as it i
Jul 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Perfect You cemented, for me, the fact that Elizabeth Scott is without a doubt the next Sarah Dessen. In other words, a writer whose books CANNOT be missed because they are so utterly perfectly right. My first introduction to Elizabeth Scott came last May when I read and reviewed Bloom. If you haven't read it yet, you don't know what you're missing. Okay, that's not doing Scott much service. If you're a girl who loves realistic teen romance novels that make you grin from ear to ear then you shou ...more
Feb 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Kristy by: Alexa
March TBR Challenge #2

Well, this was not what I was expecting. Will I ever learn not to judge books by their cover?!?!? Probably not. I'm not really liking this cover, but the insides made up for it!
This was my first E. Scott book and I do not believe it will be my last. I liked it. I'm not jumping up and down ecstatic over it, but it was still a good read.

Kate was a different sort of "girly book" character. She was self-conscious, not popular, sad, tough, opinionated, moody-yet still likable.
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good Golly! I think this is one of those books where you want to shake the main character to get her to open her eyes. Kate is m.i.s.e.r.a.b.l.e. It isn’t that she’s unpopular… that’s the least of her worries. One, her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall. Two, she has to work as his assistant. Three, her “nightmare” of a grandmother has moved in to help out. Last, her best friend has turned into a beauty and totally forgotten her. The only bright side is her love/hate relationsh ...more
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Contemp Romance fans
Recommended to Nic by: Nomes
Favourite Quote: You tell yourself you aren't something or that you can't be something and you know what? It will become true. You have to decide who you are and what you can do and then go after what you want. Because believe me, no one is going to give it to you."

Okay, first up I have to admit I am on a bit of Elizabeth Scott binge at the moment. I just the love the way her books make you feel - happy yet at the same time makes your heart ache a little. And Perfect You is a perfect example of
Kody Keplinger
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
LIke all of Elizabeth Scott's books, this one was fabulous. It's a sweet and quirky romance with a load of family tension - which Scott has proven to be GREAT with.

And, for you romance fans, I assure you that the love interet is HOT. I love Will. He's the boy Kate wants so badly to hate. The boy who teases her and who has a rep for hooking up with everyone. But he's attractive, and somehow, she can't completely hate him.

Especially when they start making out. OF course, that's also when things ge
Mar 07, 2009 rated it liked it
This is my first introduction to Elizabeth Scott, and to a young adult novel not considered a classic. (I went through the list of the first 200 most widely read YA novels, and discovered I have read at least 30.) So, the competition is pretty tough for a contemporary writer of YA novels.

I have to say that I did not find Kate, the main character, all that likeable. To me, she came across as a pretty shallow person. The irony in her refusal to accept the loss of her best friend, Anna, is that it
catherine ♡
Dec 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was...awful. And it definitely did not satisfy my rom com craving.

The main character was whiny the entire time. She pinned over a TERRIBLE ex-best friend and a boy who I honestly don’t get the hype around. She complained about every single thing her family did and argued with Will just to be dramatic. And the “relationship” between her and Will was just pages after pages of kissing. Ick.

Nothing was resolved at the end; the family was full of drama from beginning to end and I had no idea wha
Overall, I have to say that I really enjoyed Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott. There were parts I truly enjoyed, and there were aspects of the story that frustrated me and made me mad. However, I think it was intentional on the part of Scott because in hindsight, I realized my feelings paralleled Kate’s whirlwind of emotions she experienced throughout the book.

About the book: Kate’s life cannot get any more craptastic. Her father quit his job to chase his pipe dream of selling Perfect You vitamins
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Kate's life just isn't going very well lately. Her father quit his job and decided to seek his dream and sell vitamins at the mall and Kate has to work with him. Embarrassment is an understatement. Then she losses her best friend to popularity making Kate invisible and the school-player starts to take an interest in her.
Even though she can't stop herself from being attracted to Will, she doesn't want to be another notch on his belt.
Kate's afraid to get hurt but then she realizes that maybe if sh
Rachel Piper
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book initially struck me as rather flat imitation of a Sarah Dessen novel. It picked up toward the middle, but in the end I reverted back to my original "meh" feeling.

The characters were pretty much all flat stock characters, including the protagonist, who has the unfortunately unmemorable name "Kate." Kate is snarky, has a too-quick wit (she's way, way wittier and funny than any 15-year-old on earth) and apparently book-smart (she spends most of her time doing homework and her SAT scores a
Jul 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: signed-books
Kate Brown's life has gone downhill fast. Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and now she acts like Kate's invisible.

And then there's Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, whom Kate acts like she can't stand even though she can't stop thinking about him. When Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him when she's sure she's just his latest conquest.

Kate figures that the only way thin
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The entire time while reading this book I just wanted to slap some sense into the characters , they were utterly frustrating!

Main character Kate was whiny, moody, unnecessarily mean to Will and blind to Anna's actions.

The dad was the most irresponsible and selfish character imaginable and I cannot believe that everyone kept sticking up for him opposed to the grandmother who was the only likeable and sensible one in the house (until Todd grew up). For all the mentions in the book of how much the
Dec 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fun-reads
Wow this book was something...
a waste of time. I have never found a book that I really didn't like, I will have to say this one was the first and most likely the last.
I'm not picky at all about books, seriously, I'm not. Most of the time even if I don't like the story exactly I still recognize that the writing is great.
This book happens to be centered around a girl who believes that she is a victim in a cruel, cruel world and she does absolutely nothing about it, being rude to everyone around h
Jennifer Wardrip
May 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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After finding his office destroyed (though there is never any explanation as to why it had been destroyed), Kate's father quits his job to follow his dream. And that dream is to sell Perfect You vitamins. At a stand in the middle of the mall. Could life get any worse?

For Kate, it can, and it does. Her best friend, Anna, will no longer speak to her. After spending the summer in Maine, Anna has come back gorgeous and is welcomed into the popular crowd. Anna
This was really meh...okay.

Pretty standard set up, girl in high school, lusting after playboy, home life is falling apart and she's lost her best friend who gave her up to retain her newfound popularity.

The characters just weren't up to scratch and were pretty one dimensional.

And of course how to keep a romance going when the two leads were making out by page 20? Oh yes, the dreaded miscommunications. Unfortunately they weren't very realistic miscommunications and were mainly due to MC Kate's s
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of good contemporary YA novel
I never thought that I would love this book as much as I do. The reason that I started reading this book was because I wanted an easy read. Something light. And I did get what I want and more.

I love every character in this book except for Anna-Kate's popular ex-best friend.

Kate, is a character that I just get. Someone so easy for me to connect with. She is someone who doesn't realise her own self worth. She pushes away Will because she doesn't think he is really into her. She believes that her
Mar 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, 2010, 5-star
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Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This was a nostalgia reread. I remember - really clearly, I was in my aunt's guestroom - reading this for the first time. This is a powerful book to read in high school. There's Kate, who isn't pretty or talented or popular, whose life is falling apart, and whose best friend isn't talking to her.

And nothing gets better. Sure, she has another friend now - but the only thing that really changes is that she decides to deal with everything instead of letting everything have its way with her.

Feb 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Perfect You is a most ironic title for a book and protagonist that are anything but.
Oh where to begin.
Now I am the first to say that YA books are intended for YA, and therefore, I am not always the best judge as I am not the intended audience. However. GOOD YA books transcend the age gap and are well written, relatable, and thought provoking. This was just awful.
Kate is a whiny, hateful, immature and petty narcissist who is consistently the cause of her own unhappiness and in the dumbest of ways
Oct 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: laugh-out-loud
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A whimsical and refreshingly honest coming of age story about the blossoming sexuality of a teenage girl, based on the novel by Olaug Nilssen.

15-year-old Alma (Helene Bergsholm) is consumed by her out-of-control hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to down-and-dirty daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on. Alma and her best friend Sara live in an insufferably boring little town i
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]

Kate’s life is pretty miserable. Her best friend has dumped her. Her father quit his job to sell infomercial vitamins in the mall. Her family, as a result, is having some serious money troubles that can only be resolved by her grandmother coming to stay. Of course, Grandma being around just makes everything more tense and more stressful. Kate is also lusting after a boy who has done nothing but torment her since they met in ninth grade. Will also has a bit of a reputation around school for hook
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary-ya
Okay, so Janette Rallison has probably ruined me for TeenLit. I guess I got use to her fun style, romantic storylines, great dialogue and loveable characters. So, needless to say, I was disappointed in this book. This sounded like an interesting premise, but ended up being pretty boring and repetitive. I never really got around to liking Kate. She complained the WHOLE time and was always feeling sorry for herself. She was upset about losing her best friend, Anna, which I can understand. I was ho ...more
This is the third Elizabeth Scott book that I read (Stealing Heaven and Living Dead Girl are the other two), and I have to say that she is really good at capturing the spirit of the main character on the page. I could sense how Kate felt. Her dad was not being a dad, her mom was going along with it because of her love for him, her best friend was frankly treating her like sh!t, and her slacker brother wasn't being much help. There are happy moments in there that really made me want to keep readi ...more
May 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great book! Pick this one up. You won't be disappointed. ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Main character annoyed me. So much. That in the end I didn't care anymore about what happens to her. ...more
May 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
When things were perfect, Anna was still Kate's best friend, her parents were happily married, her brother was living at college, and her father had a real job. But then, things take a bad turn. Anna has suddenly transformed into a social butterfly and is no longer talking to her. Her father quits his job to sell Perfect You vitamins that nobody wants. Her Grandma is back in town due to financial crisis in the family. And finally, Kate has an incredible time kissing Will, whom she can’t stop ins ...more
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Hey there, I'm Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I live just outside Washington DC with my husband and dog, and am unable to pass a bookstore without stopping and going inside.

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