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The Perfectionists

(The Perfectionists #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  10,236 ratings  ·  1,380 reviews
Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker are all driven to be perfect—no matter the cost.

At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they discover that they all hate the same person: handsome womanizer Nolan Hotchkiss, who's done things to hurt each of them.

They come up with the perfect plan to murder Nolan—jokingly, of course. They'd never actually go th
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by HarperCollins
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May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I want to read this but I'm afraid it will drag on for years like the Pretty Little Liars book series did. I loved PLL but I think ran it's course a long time ago.
3 stars to Sara Shepard's The Perfectionists. A few things to say on how I chose this book before I get into a review of it:

Earlier this year, I found myself with some free time and an interest in watching Pretty Little Liars. I had seen several commercials and thought that despite it sounding like it was more for a young adult crowd, I would give it a chance. I love suspense, intrigue and drama when I read or watch a movie or TV. I finished the first season in a week and was hooked -- who was
Ruby Granger
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was SO fast-paced with turns at every corner -- a great book for fans of One of Us is Lying.

HOWEVER, having said that, I thought there was an unnecessary amount of teenage drama. Yes, it fed into the story but there were whole chapters which felt kind of irrelevant. I thought they interfered with the overall pace of the story and ended up skimming some of these pages.
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
Review on my blog:


The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard
book 1 in The Perfectionists duology

As I expected, I really enjoyed this book, of course it's Sara Shepard, how could I not?

My thoughts on each of the main characters:

Parker: she was a really interesting and in-depth character to read about, who was just so complex. I can't wait to find out more about her in the next book. I predicted what was going to happen
Jun 27, 2014 rated it liked it
I cannot believe that just happened. No resolution - none. When I say none, I really mean not a single nibble. The action is rising and just when it gets to the pinnacle - boom - the acknowledgements. I don't whether to be impressed or pissed off. I made painstaking mental notes of every character (and there were a lot of them to keep straight). I don't know if I will have the energy to re-read this one when the sequel comes out. Bummer.
Sue (Hollywood News Source)

Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood and listen to my The Perfectionists fanmix on 8tracks.

Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker have one thing in common. They all hate the handsome and awful Nolan Hotchkiss, who did some terrible things to each one of them. The five senior girls gather together to prank kill him. It was all just a faux until the next morning when Nolan dropped dead “exactly” the way they schemed. They know they didn’t do it but suddenly they are the prime suspects
Reread: You can totally appreciate the threads for the big plot twist at the end of book two in this one!

Similar themes to Pretty Little Liars, and being honest, very similar characters. Each one has a secret, and each one doesn't know who to trust. I look forward to more of a friendship between the girls in the next book. Intriguing and misleading, this is a great teen crime mystery, that keeps you guessing and wondering who the murderer really is! I was just annoyed by the PLL parallels, as a
Tylah Marie
This took me a lot longer to read than I initially planned. This is more of a 2.5 star rating. It held my interest.. I was just in a little bit of a book slump in the last few weeks. Sara Shepard’s books all read very similar. Same sort of story line, same sort of character description but she still finds a way that you always want to know what happens next!!
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
full of teenage drama & suspense. ...more
3.5 stars

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It sounded like Pretty Little Liars and it was written by the author of Pretty Litte Liars, so, honestly, I got exactly what I should've expected from the beginning instead of allowing myself to hope for something different: this was extremely reminiscent of PLL.

Truth be told, I've never read the Pretty Little Liars books, but I did see the first season of the show in its entirety and I don't think I need to read the book to see just how similar in structure, narration, plotting, de
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Trigger warning: this book involves murder, the mention of suicide (doesn't go into grand detail), pedophelia, domestic abuse, bullying, and drug abuse.

Sara Shepard always finds a way to keep me on the edge of my seat while throwing in so many characters, it's insane.

This book seemed rather influenced by the PLL tv show in that Mr Granger reminded me SO much of Ezra Fitz. Okay, yes, Granger is a Film teacher, but they both love film noir and they both love underaged girls.

I did like that the "m
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for high school mysteries.
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This review also appears on YA Midnight Reads.

To those of you thinking that the premise of this book sounds an awful lot like Shepard’s previous series Pretty Little Liars; you’re right. The Perfectionists is reminiscent of Pretty Little Liars in almost every way. I don’t intend for this review to become a comparison of The Perfectionists and Pretty Little Liars, but I won’t be suprised if it does turn out like that. Truth be told, there is just so much to compare. The Perfectionists is set in
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was pretty entertaining, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this is going to involve one of my least favorite YA mystery thriller tropes and I am not about it. Definitely will finish the series though bc it's like book crack and I am v curious.
♛ Garima ♛
I started reading Pretty Little Liars few years ago and then I realized it has already a mammoth series with #12 or something already released so I dropped it.

Bustle has created a really nice article about similarities so you can check that out if you want.

For me, I was in mood for murder mystery and started reading 'And Then There were None' but got tired really fast because I didn't want to keep track of such large number of people. And then Goodreads suggested this and it was too easy to rea
Krista Schrecongost
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
I just really wasn't into this. It seemed so similar to Pretty Little Liars (which is pretty lame considering it's the same damn author). It also seemed like it was written to be a TV show, not a novel. None of these characters (and there are way too many of them) acted like real people. Basically this whole thing annoyed me.
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Ash ♡
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
"Always make the audience suffer as much as possible." - Alfred Hitchcock

The only way to sum up one of Sara Shepard's books.
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Would you kill to be perfect? For 5 girls that is not their cup of tea, but for someone in Beacon Heights it is. Mackenzie, Ava, Julie, Caitlin, and Parker decided it was time for revenge on Beacon Heights most popular boy, Nolan Hotchkiss. After his torment and terrible actions against the girls they decided to do something about it. After their hypothetical murder, they thought it wouldn’t cause any physical harm to Nolan, besides the fact they covered his face with names that were not so nice ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it

Considering that the author of this book is the same author who wrote Pretty Little Liars, this book definitely had the same vibe as that series.

I did enjoy reading this book and I read through it pretty quickly. The book is told in 5 different POVs so at first, it would be confusing as to who is who but it didn't take long for me to figure out. I like that we have the overarching storyline of Nolan's murder but each character has their own personal drama to deal with. I do wish there was mo
Nicole (( lost in the book's world ))
Okay Okay... This book is almost same as PRETTY LITTLE LIARS!!! I am so glad that I did done with Pretty Little Liars series with good end story!



PLEASE MAKE IT SHORT SERIES...not long one like Pretty Little Liars. Just two to four books..not fucking 16 books! I really love her she wrote it..I really enjoy to read her twist plot which I couldn't stop it because it really much! Yeah :D

When I start this book, WHAT I THINK OF Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Revenge, murder, mystery, secrets, lies, betrayal, a touch of romance, and a few surprise twists make Sara Shepard’s THE PERFECTIONISTS a wildly entertaining and highly addictive read. Told in the alternating point’s of view of five girls - Caitlin, Julie, Ava, Mackenzie and Parker - who sought vengeance against a boy who made their lives, and everyone else’s, a living hell, a boy who just happened to be murdered in a way very similar to how they’d jokingly planned to do it shortly after their p ...more
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasure
If you have either read or seen Pretty Little Liars, then you know that shit is TRASH but it’s fun as hell and will tickle your tender bittles. So when I saw the author had started a new series, I had to jump on it right quick.

The Perfectionists is about the town’s resident douchelord and a group of rando girls that have all had their lives ruined in some way or another because of this dude. The girls discuss how they would KILL his ass during a group project in class (SURROUNDED BY LISTENING EA
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt sorry for all the girls in this. Nolan was a nasty piece of work, and it was no wonder the girls hated him so much.

This was an enjoyable read, which left me wanting more. I just hope this series isn't dragged out as much as pretty little liars!
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I think Sara Shepard has a way of weaving intricate mysteries but I would really like it if the mystery could be limited to one book. Now I'll have to wait for the sequel and who knows how many books there will be this time.
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker all have reason to hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who has wronged every one of them in some way. But when he turns up dead, they are all suddenly suspects, even if they know they didn’t kill him.
Who killed Nolan? And is someone trying to frame the girls for murder?

This was an enjoyable story, and it was quite reminiscent of ‘Pretty Little Li
Jun 28, 2014 marked it as e-arc-to-read




this actually sounds intriguing... and it isn't a series!


i might just pick this one up. however, if it suddenly turns into a series, i will NOT be continuing.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first Sara Shepard book and it was everything I was expecting. I did enjoy it and can’t wait to finish!
Temi Panayotova
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The perfect murder mystery for the heart.
I started this book without any expectations, and well, I wasn't disappointed at all. The suspense kept me up all night and I might have to sleep all day of exhaustion now *yawn*

Ava, Caitlyn, Julie, Mackenzie and Parker - the five of them goes to Beacon Heights High, a competitive school in Washington state. They aren't the best of friends, but when they're grouped up for a discussion in film studies class, they realise that they all have one thing in common - they hate Nolan Hotchkiss. Nolan ha
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Sara Shepard graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. She has lived in New York City, Brooklyn, Tucson, Arizona, Philadelphia, and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. Sara's Pretty Little Liars novels were inspired by her upbringing in Philadelphia's Main Line.

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