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In a Perfect World

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,654 ratings  ·  273 reviews
Caroline Kelly is excited to be spending her summer vacation working at the local amusement park with her best friend, exploring weird Ohio with her boyfriend, and attending soccer camp with the hope she’ll be her team’s captain in the fall.

But when Caroline’s mother is hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo, Egypt, Caroline’s plans are upended. Caroline is now expected to s
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Dec 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
"'[ISIS] oppose[s] anyone who does not follow the law as they see it,' Mr. Elhadad says. 'Even Muslims. Terrorists make no exceptions for anyone who does not believe exactly as they do.'

"I think about asking him why Muslims don't come together to stop this from happening, but I think I already know what he would say. Too many people here in Cairo - and probably in all of Egypt and the other predominantly Muslim countries - are just trying to make ends meet. Their days are full and their wallets
♛ may
Is there anything worse than a beautiful book that disappoints? Idk. . . probably not.

So, *insert heavy sigh* I might just have to change my middle name to ‘conflicted’ bc it seems like the most honest thing to do.

In a Perfect World is about an America girl who is set to spend her senior year in Egypt due to her mother’s new job. Foreign to the country and the culture, Caroline is surprised to find herself becoming attached to country and its people.

Now that’s all great and awesome and every
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
UHHH, so this was fun and interesting enough but too much of the dialogue and the MC's thoughts rubbed me the wrong way. This book talks about Islam and Muslims and our religious practices a lot, as well as the culture given that this is set in Egypt - I understood the MC's thought process and the fact that she was being forced to move to a completely new place with a whole different culture and new customs, but she was very judgmental and she annoyed me to no end. Whenever Islam or something re ...more
Ginger at GReadsBooks
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was not prepared for the journey this story took me on. Trish Doller has given us a gift with this one. I love the culture of Egypt as we're witnessing it for the first time through Caroline's young eyes. Though she is miles & miles away from her homeland, she comes to realize that we all share different variations of values, customs, dreams, & ideas. I really identified with her want to experience it all, while keeping an open mind. But I also understood her frustrations of being a young girl ...more
Danielle (Love at First Page)

3.5-4 stars

My favorite part about the book, surprisingly, was not the romance but the setting and the exploration of the Egyptian culture and Muslim faith. It's beautifully told and I found it all so captivating and well researched. Caroline has an easy voice, someone I could definitely relate to, and Adam was such a sweetheart! However, I did feel as if their romance was missing a certain spark, or depth? I wasn't as passionate about their pairing as I expected to be, although they had some swe
If you liked ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS but want it set in Cairo and with a main character who is entirely aware of her privilege, this is your winner. This love story is packed with sweetness and tenderness and the reality of life in a foreign, politically-challenged country. Great writing, excellent setting. I will read anything Trish Doller writes.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Delightful story about a teenage romance in the captivating city of Cairo. The writer describes vividly how what started as a cultural shock ended up in a beautiful love story.
While you are reading, you feel that you can almost smell the food, listen to the cars blare their horns and hear the distant sound of a call to prayer.
What really engages the reader is the sad fact that the story may well be based on real events, because our world is far from being perfect.
This novel is a must read if yo
contemporary YA set in Cairo?? Egyptian boy as a love interest?? MY CITY!!! I AM SCREAMING!!! I WOULD SELL MY SOUL TO HAVE THIS BOOK NOW.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My heart is so full right now!

Dare I say this might be Trish Doller's best book yet? Yes. Yes, I will.

She has done a beautiful job of showing how complicated life can be from all aspects: family, friends, love, religion, privilege, prejudice, and cultural expectations. It was a struggle not to devour Caroline's story in one sitting because I also wanted to savory every minute of it. And then I wanted to experience it all over again.

I loved the family dynamics on both sides and the romance is s
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kickass-ya-dads

Changes. There are so many little every day decisions and changes that can impact our lives in so many different ways. From weather based fashion decisions to what zig-zag route to take to avoid traffic. But there are also big, monumental, life-shifting type of changes and influences that can shake up our lives. Like love. Or faith. Or location in the world. Don’t get me wrong--fashion decisions are important. :) But LOVE! Love could be the biggest life altering force of them all. This book shar
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Trish Doller did a great job at making Egypt and all the rich culture of the country come to life. The romance was sweet, despite the many obstacles the two had to face. I'm very happy with how this turned out!

Brenda Waworga
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it

I guess its hard to write review when the book touched religions... all i can say is i love this book, it was fun and sweet and contained unussual issues on YA contemporary book about Christian and Muslim and terorist and also cultures...  which i think is very refreshing

I think this book want to teach us to be more respectful to others religions and cultures and sometimes we need to accept major change can also lead us into a brand new amazing experience

And.. this book just succesfully make EGY
Love, love, love this gorgeous cover...


⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

Plot: 4/5
Main Characters: 4/5
Secondary Characters: 4/5
The Feels: 4/5
The Pacing: 3/5
Addictiveness: 3/5
Theme or Tone: 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style): 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building): 4.5/5
Originality: 4.5/5
Book Cover: 5+ Beautiful!
Ending: 4.5/5 Cliffhanger: Nope.
Steam Factor 0-5: 1.5
Setting: Cairo, Africa
Source: Kindle eBook (Library)

Total: 3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

⇝My Thoughts⇜

This is a book that deals with some controversial subjects, that
Trish Doller writes with such a marvelous sense of place, I can't help but get lost in her books. ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Somehow Trish Doller’s books just keep getting more perfect. I’ve read all 4 of her books now and I’ve never once been disappointed. I think that I probably loved In a Perfect World as much as Something Like Normal, which is saying a lot because I loved that book.

In a Perfect World has a lot of elements I love in a YA contemporary. A main character that’s taken out of her comfort zone. A breathtaking, swoon inducing love interest and an involved loving family. But it also has things that you don
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
I enjoyed very few parts of this book. I really liked when they explained certain things in Egypt. But this was WAY too political and was not the light hearted read I was anticipating.
Amélie Boucher
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was a little bit problematic some times, but I still somewhat enjoyed it.
Trish does it again.

Perfect travel companion -- except you will be a little distracted and want to read when you should be enjoying the sights, I guarantee you. This is a book I want to hand to so many people because I think especially in this particular time it reveals how much we have to learn about the traditions and the culture of others. Caroline's uneasiness, understanding the privilege of her and her family, getting over her homesickness and getting into the rhythm of life in Cairo is tho
More like 3.5 stars, I'm thinking. It was good, interesting, really cool to get a modern look into an Egyptian city and culture, buuuuut... I felt a bit like I was reading a travelogue, or a journal, so I felt somewhat detached from the characters. It was mostly descriptions of places and events in a basic way, like "This happened, then that happened, then I went here and saw that, then I got sick, then something else happened." And I really didn't find the instant attraction between the two mai ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was like taking a trip to Egypt and falling in love! What a beautiful, insightful, and fun read!
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ahhhhh yessss. that ending. 4.5 stars! review to come
Monique V
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
It was ok but not great
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It's been ages since I picked up one of Trish Doller's books and, truth be told, I'm pretty much kicking myself for not reading In a Perfect World sooner after it was released. It was a gorgeous book. I loved this look at the Egyptian culture and the Muslim religion and, of course, the romance. 

Caroline was an interesting character. She was totally out of her element in her new life in Egypt, but she really was trying to embrace it as much as s
Jillian Heise
Another fantastic Trish Doller book, another book that kept me up late turning pages because I was sucked into the story from the start and needed to know how it would end. I shipped Caroline and Adam hard. The Cairo setting comes alive through Caroline's experiences and the Egyptian culture seeps through the pages. What I loved most is that it's a romantic book I could see many students loving, and totally appropriate for middle school readers, while not shying away from what are likely the rea ...more
Laura's Book Addiction
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-wishlist
"Kindness isn't a debt."

I just want everyone to read In A Perfect World and love it as much as I do, I'm sitting here trying to write in words what this book made me feel and sum up what a beautiful book Trish has written.

I'm shipping Caroline & Adam something fierce add in the perfectly described setting of Egypt and how certain subjects were handle and not glossed over. Along with a ending that had me crying happy tears.

My first five star read of 2018 and now a firm favourite of mine.
Wendy Mills
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a beautiful book, in so many ways. I loved the vivid description of Egypt, and the romance between Caroline and Adam was real and heartfelt. Most importantly, it was a story about compassion and acceptance. This is a definitely a book we need right now.
Love the maturity of the characters and their uncompromising love for one another. I love reading about life in Cairo, their food and culture! That bit about the hanging church and scuba diving in Alexandria both sounded pretty amazing! Those are definitely places I would love to visit!

I love Caroline's relationship with her parents and how hers is with Adam as well! It's so sweet and so hopeful! It makes you want to root for them and for their relationship to stand the test of everything especi
Zemira Warner
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I got to say, Trish Doller sure did her research. The way Caroline is experiencing Egypt makes me think Doller actually went to all those places. Really nice.

I liked her parents. Romance? Not so much. But that's mostly because it wasn't as impressive as the world-building.

Ending was too fairytale-ish. Wish it was more realistic.

3.5 stars
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating is more like 4.5 stars. I've tried Trish's previous books and didn't like them, so I didn't pay attention to this one at first. But I'm so glad I decided to give it a try after all, because this is such a wonderful book about another culture, love, and teenagers who are committed to their respective religions. ...more
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: would-recommend
Adam, Caroline's dad, I'm full of swoons. Between my heart full of love and the important messages Trish gets across in her writing, this is a book everyone should read. Also I now what to go to Egypt. Review to come. ...more
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