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The Perfect Secret

(The Perfect Score #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  42 reviews
These students are in for a year of secrets, discoveries, and kid power!

GAVIN finally joins the football team--a dream come true!--but Coach Holmes refuses to play him for reasons that also threaten to tear Gavin's family apart. When RANDI attends an elite gymnastics camp, she uncovers a startling family connection. SCOTT starts researching an article for the school newspa
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
In a followup to THE PERFECT SCORE, Rob Buyea follows the six Recruits through their summer and seventh grade where the kids focus on trying to reunite Coach, Mrs. Woods and Mrs Magenta, Gymnastics, football, bullying, racism, immigration, volunteering, crushes and friendship among other adolescent issues.

***minor spoiler***

THE PERFECT SECRET would have been a five star review if Buyea had handled the undocumented immigrant issue with one of the character’s parents. He used the term “illegal” to
Lorie Barber
Rob Buyea has mastered the art of multiple points of view and this, his latest and the sequel to The Perfect Score, is no exception.

One thing I loved about The Perfect Secret in particular was when Buyea used the characters’ often limited perspective to heighten the tension and keep the reader wondering that was going on. I actually found myself wanting to (gasp) skip chapters to find out what was happening from another character (don’t @ me, I refrained.)

The characters - each and every one of
Ms. Yingling
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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In this sequel to The Perfect Score, we revisit the classmates who were involved in Ms. Woods' project to visit the senior center as they start seventh grade. Their teachers are all okay, and they do get to continue to visit the center. Other things, however, have changed. Trevor's parents have kicked his abusive brother Brian out of the house, which makes things better even though his mother misses his brother and there are still some problems with him. Randi's mother is
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rob Buyea does it again! I love his cast of kids in this series - even more than the group from the Mr. Terupt books. There's a LOT going on in this story, but Buyea keeps a good hold on all the different threads, weaving them together so well. My only complaint is that early on there's a lot of "But we would soon see [whatever]" little comments as the kids told the story. I'm fine with a "hint" like that here and there but it felt like it was happening all the time in the first part of the book ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read an e-arc from NetGalley.
The kids from Perfect Score are back, but full of secrets about and from each other. And now they are in 7th grade, so they are beginning to notice the opposite gender.
Gavin finally makes the football team, but the coach plays his own son as quarterback. Gavin also read a bedtime stories to his little sister Meggie.
Brandi misses Gavins football game for a gymnastic meet, and meets a boy.
Trevor's brother Brian has moved out, and still hangs with that punk Chris.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent sequel to The Perfect Score, and it definitely would work as a stand-alone novel, too.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Evan loved this book and wants another book in the series to be written! Score!
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Good sequel to the first book. I liked the heavy topics like immigration and bullying this book confronts head-on. Definitely made it a tough read at times, compared to the first, from the frustration standpoint, but it worked out well in the end.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
@kidlitexchange #partner
The Perfect Secret by @rob_buyea is an excellent sequel to The Perfect Score, which I also read through #kidlitexchange
Six students continue their story in seventh grade. This means the boys can play football and the community program at the senior center continues. The students are working to get their two teachers talking to each other again. A lot of issues are tackled in this book and although I first cringed at 300+ pages for a middle grade, I flew through it and I t
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
BEST. BOOK. EVER. I might of cried at the end it was so emotional.
Violet Sinclair

I’ve read this book twice now, and I’m still trying to fully gather my thoughts on this sequel.

This was my most anticipated release of 2018 and boy, did it deliver.

There was a whole slew of issues explored in this book - racism, familial estrangement, brain injuries, first crushes, parental marital problems, etc. - and they were all handled very well.

You know, while I absolutely adore the MR. TERUPT gang, there’s just something about the Recruits that I like just a tad
Mrs. Hornick
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Imagine adults mending children’s relationships. What if it was the other way around? The book “The Perfect Secret” by Rob Buyea is the sequel to his last book, “The Perfect Score”. The Perfect Secret about the experiences of five friends. Gavin joins the football dream team, but he is not played for reasons such as his skin tone and racial hate, not skill level. Randi attends a national gymnastics camp, only to find out about a missing family connection. Scott starts researching a school fundr ...more
Gisselle Lopez
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you’re a fan of Rob Buyea’s first installment of The Perfect Score series – eponymously named The Perfect Score! – then you’d better mark your calendars for the publication of his second installment, The Perfect Secret. Here’s a little secret of my own, while maintaining a spoiler-free review: it definitely lives up to the standard and expectations set by the first novel.

The Perfect Secret revisits the characters that we left back in The Perfect Score, and they return for a brand-new year fil
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
The Perfect Secret by Rob Buyea, 364 pages. Delacourt Press, 2018. $16.99.

Language: PG (1 swear, 0 'f'); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.



The kids from The Perfect Score are back for their 7th grade year. This year is all about secrets; everyone has secrets: Gavin is finally playing football, but the coach has something against him and won’t let him play - Gavin tells everyone football is great, but Scott knows otherwise - Scott’s footbal
I'm giving this one a 3.5. I enjoyed all four of this author's previous books, and most middle graders will as well, particularly because this one features the five seventh graders they met in the previous book, The Perfect Score. Having tackled high-stakes testing and various personal issues in that book during their sixth grade year, they find that seventh grade at Lake View Middle School starts out quite promising, but it also presents plenty of challenges. The youngsters are still volunteeri ...more
Katie Reilley
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had been anxiously awaiting this sequel to Rob Buyea’s The Perfect Score, and this MG novel did not disappoint!

I was so excited to be back with Gavin, Randi, Natalie, Scott and Trevor at Lake View Middle School. Buyea has such a talent for sharing stories from multiple perspectives, and this novel allowed me to continue to connect with the characters that I’d loved in the first book while digging deeper into each of their stories.

Without giving away any spoilers, this MG novel also has multi
Shannon Minner
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to @kidlitbookexchange #partner for the #arc of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Release date 10/9/18.

The students from The Perfect Score, the first book in this series, are back and starting seventh grade. After the cheating incident the previous year the kids are all ordered to continue with Mrs. Magenta’s after school program. This time the group hatches a plan to bring a family back together. Told in alternating voices we watch as this group of frie
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this follow-up novel to The Perfect Score. In the first book, readers met the characters: Randi (the gymnast), Gavin (the football player), Trevor (the mean kid), Scott (the smart kid), and Natalie (the future lawyer). These unlikely friends teamed up to cheat on a statewide assessment. In The Perfect Secret, these kids are back. It’s the next school year and they’re still dealing with the consequences of their cheating scandal.

But this y
The kids from Mrs. Woods's class are back and now in 7th grade. All they learned from their year filled with test score anxiety, perfection, and cheating pales in comparison to the bonds they've made. They are, no doubt, lifelong friends. But, now these friends have secrets...and not just teeny-tiny secrets, big ones, ones that could change lives forever.

Gavin is thrilled to make the football team, but for him, it is coming at a cost. A big one. He's being bullied and it is not your average-run
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Buyea has found a successful formula: follow a typical group of kids (if such a thing exists) through life inside and outside of school. What keeps his writing from being formulaic is that Buyea realizes that each student has a different story to tell and that in the world of school, these stories will intertwine. Serious issues don't get glossed over but readers will find hope as the students, their families and their teachers work together to figure out life. "The Perfect Score" does start in ...more
Dee Price
Gav, Natalie, Scott, Trevor, and Randi are back in this spirited sequel to The Perfect Score. The group's plan to reunite Mrs. Woods and Mrs. Magenta is sidelined by personal issues each character has to face and a major issue that impacts them all.

Buyea has an uncanny ability to spin a tale from various perspectives while intertwining multiple storylines that all seem to come together brilliantly at the end. This was a great story that touches on some truly pertinent topics and themes.

Teresa Taylor
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m an adult who loves to read middle-grade books —especially realistic fiction such as this one because even as adults it helps us understand what kids this age might be going through or dealing with. Loved this book & how relevant the subject matter was to our society today. Many times in movies the sequel is never as good as the first, but in this case Mr. Buyea tops the first book. You will be excited to be back with all the relatable characters & see how they’ve grown individually & ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review. Fans of Rob Buyea will appreciate a sequel to A Perfect Score. The same core kids are back, this time with new challenges. Each character tells the story through their perspective in separate chapters. I liked that the challenges of deportation and the effects of businesses being shut down are brought up thoughtfully.
A solid book. My only hesitation is that I’m not feeling the intense emotion that I had from reading Because of Mr Terupt. I k
Naomi Campbell
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I have enjoyed both books in this series so much I am kind of dying while I wait for book three, which I didn't even know was coming. I am so glad it is. Tons of issues and foreshadowing and stories all bundled up nicely, especially if you can relate to any. Most of us probably totally CAN relate too, so yes, this book is a good read for anyone, any age. Go Rob. Now I have just got to figure DO you pronounce Buyea?
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Uplifting sequel to The Perfect Score follows the same teenagers as 7th grade students. The challenge this year isn’t the standardized tests, but rather the gang needs to get their Mother/Daughter teachers talking again. Their mission is top secret and will take everyone working together to reach the goal. Will their own family problems get in the way of bringing the teachers together? Love all the books by Rob Buyea...great messages for students!
Kathy Iwanicki
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the way Rob Buyea writes through different characters’ eyes. Each chapter is a different character and you hear their perspective on things. There are a lot of issues going on here. There is a lot for the reader to take away. I really like that this is the second novel that I have read this year that has dealt with aging. It is a cute story. I would recommend for grade 4 and above.
Julie Overpeck aka Mrs. O's Library
Thank you to the Kid Lit Exchange for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Readers will benefit from reading the prior book The Perfect Score before this one. The author circles back to the events in the first book quite often. The set-up in this book is a bit long, and impatient readers will need some encouragement to stick with it; I am glad I did, because once I was vested in the characters, I couldn’t put it down. Buyea tackles some really tough situations that could lead to g
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
This book is just all around great. this is the PERFECT continuation to the first one. It's about friends that used to be enemies but learns to get along. it is so inspiring and it's a MUST read. it leaves you with so many questions which I sometimes hate but a good thing because there is the third book coming out soon !
Miss Sarah
The gang is back a little older and with more grown up problems involving family secrets, healing, and forgiveness. Can the make it through another year? I liked getting back to these characters and their growth was great. Upper elementary
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book reads just like Rob Buyea's "Mr. Terupt" series. Both are told through the perspectives of many young characters, and the little "teasers" at the end of each character's chapters are present as well. What I enjoy most, however, about these books is the goodness of the young characters. That is something that is to be celebrated in this day and age.
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