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The Trouble with Perfect

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Having uncovered the secrets that lay behind the spookily pristine town of Perfect, Violet and the townsfolk are enjoying their new freedom from the maniacal rule of the evil Archer twins. But have they really seen the last of Edward Archer? Why is Boy acting strangely? And who is masterminding a scary zombie army?

Another quirky, creepy and unforgettable adventure, perfect
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 23rd 2019 by Usborne Books
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Marie the Librarian
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really adore Helena Duggans writing and her story and characters. Violet and Boy are charming as ever and OMG ANNA. Its also nice to see more of the characters like Anna and Jack and Rose. Its an exciting story even though I could see the twist coming. I did not see that other thing coming though. And it feels a bit like a book thats building up to a very dramatic finale in the third book. But I enjoyed it :D And its very magical and gives you good vibes.
Laura
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After enjoying the first book so much, this was a real disappointment. Predictable and boring.
Leigh
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
The Trouble with Perfect is the second book in this series - I don't know how long it will be. But I think we are getting a third one.

The book is written in third person, with Violet being our narrator. The book in written in a very easy to manner and the chapters are quite short - roughly 8 pages each.

The book picks up right after A Place Called Perfect finishes, with the inhabitants rebuilding the town and their lives. Everything seems to be going fine, until there are a series of robberies in
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Melanie
DNF @ p. 76

I enjoyed the first book a lot, but for some reason, this sequel is not doing it for me. I tried reading it for the third time now and I cannot get into it. Oh well, I'm a bit bummed about it but maybe it was not meant to be. *shrugs*
BetweenLinesAndLife
5+ stars

"There is no 'them' and 'us'. We are men and women and children and husbands and wives and No-Man's-Landers and Perfectionists. We are all these labels and we are none. We are simply people, and we fight for that simple truth."

While it took me a bit longer to actually get into the story of this second book in the Perfect series, at the end it took my heart by storm.
The first one already had strong messages, but this one was even stronger.
I loved how it transported such adult-like
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Sarah
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first one but still really enjoyable and a real page turner. Definitely one of the darkest kid's books around.
Valeria
I must be honest: even though I deeply loved A Place Called Perfect and I was super hyper excited at the idea of reading a new chapter of Violet and Boy's story, the new adventure wasn't able to engage me from the very first page, as much as it happened with the previous book instead.
I felt this new adventure took off on the wrong foot, as well as the main developments couldn't measure up with the central events previously told: it felt like a repetition of the story, having the author covered
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Jayne Catherine pinkett
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just as good as book 1. Perfect needs rescuing again. Fun adventure story with loveable main characters Violet and Boy. Good v bad and all that daring do stuff kids love. Not forgetting adults like me too.
Claire Holloway
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it is a great sequel to A Place Called Perfect which I loved. Although predictable at times, this is a lovely story of family, friendship and mystery. I highly recommend it. ...more
Stephanie
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, library-books
The story about Perfect continues! I really liked the sequel, although I predicted a lot again, but this story is so well written and griping, I couldnt put it down!! Cant wait to read the grand finale. ...more
Jess
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed it how twisty it is
Hell
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the sequel to last year`s A Place Called Perfect, and it picks up a few months after Perfect, where all of the residents had been brainwashed by the Archer twins, has morphed into the much friendlier, happier Town that`s governed by a democratic council. That is, of course, until a spate of strange crimes happen, and main character Violet`s best friend Boy is accused of them. I love the trope of a main character being framed, and this was no exception, and it was so intriguing watching ...more
Nicole
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So we know Town used to be Perfect and the Archer brothers were stealing people's imaginations and were behind the tea that had everyone needing the glasses that wouldn't let them see No Man's Landers.
Things are going well until things start going missing and the eye plants used to keep everyone safe get dug up. Who is doing such a thing?
Violet decides to investigate after a friends bike goes missing, but can't believe it when she sees boy and one of the school bullies near the old graveyard
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Brindy
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a massive fan of A Place Called Perfect so I was very excited to finally get a copy of The Trouble With Perfect to see how the story would continue. It didn't disappoint. It starts with a wonderful pictorial recap of the first book and then straight into the action with Boy & Violet - as a stolen bike and missing children soon reveal a very worrying time in Perfect, or Town as it has been renamed. Violet and Boy's friendship is truly tested as new characters begin to bring a sinister ...more
Jacqui
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a massive fan of A Place Called Perfect so I was very excited to finally get a copy of The Trouble With Perfect to see how the story would continue. It didn't disappoint. It starts with a wonderful pictoral recap of the first book and then straight into the action with Boy & Violet - as a stolen bike and missing children soon reveal a very worrying time in Perfect, or Town as it has been renamed. Violet and Boy's friendship is truly tested as new characters begin to bring a sinister ...more
Steph
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adored book 1 so had very high hopes for book 2 and man alive it did not disappoint. You get a darker book than book 1, but still that incredible creepiness. Theres new characters and old faces; old friends and new friends; a sense of unity thats being battled and a heartfelt speech that made me very weepy. I just adored this! I hope theres a book 3 because I need more! I missed Boy and Violet a lot! ...more
Charlotte Holmans
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!! Can't wait for the next one!
Stephen Connor
We return to Perfect - now known as Town - where, following the demise of the Archer brothers, everything is harmonious and wonderful. Of corse, such an existence cannot last, and when Violets best friends, Boy, is accused of stealing a bike, a friendship is threatened.

Further unusual developments quickly follow: endless rain, miserable people, and most seriously, the disappearance of various children.

William Archer, Boys father, has been in charge of security since the downfall of Edward and
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Penny
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Julie
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Perfect series sees Violet and Boy settling into their new lives in Town, following the overthrow of the Archer brothers. But strange things start happening: children disappear, Boy is acting strangely and the Eyes have stopped working properly. Once again, it is down to Violet and Boy to solve the mystery and restore order.

A great sequel. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Bev
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: believathon-2019
I didn't love this quite as much as the first one. It started off pretty slowly and I wasn't immediately sucked in. The "twist" of whodunnit was obvious to me - although in fairness I'm an adult and have read a lot, so it may be different for the actual intended age group. Once the proper action started things picked up and by the end I didn't want it to be over. I NEED book three. 3.5 stars, rounded up.
Lynsey Hunter
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am always nervous when I read the sequel to a book that I absolutely adored...however, I needn't have worried. The next adventures of Violet, Boy and the gang are an absolute joy to read and do total justice to being a fantastic development of their first outing. One thing I loved was getting to know the characters more and having my knowledge of them tested (no spoilers!). Another triumph from Duggan, and one I will be recommending to my colleagues and students for use in class.
Aoife
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Kirsten Fraser
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read for ages 8 and above. This and the first book A Place Called Perfect would be great class reads for 3/4. I love Anna as a supporting character, never wanting to be left out just because she's younger than the others. I like how the story explores doubt within a friendship and how loyalty can be won back.
Anna
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-2019
A pointless, predictable sequel with too many overused tropes. It seems that the next book might be more interesting (now I think that this one felt like a very long filler) but I'm not sure if I'm interested in reading it. Gender stereotypes were really heavy in "The Trouble with Perfect" and one character announcing that "women are strong" near the end is not enough to make up for it.
Maylan Murray
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the setup for this book! Town is buzzing with mystery and adventure and all our characters are buzzing to life. There was a lot less of Boy in this story, which is a shame because hes my favorite character. But Im happy to here theres a third book to follow.

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Miss Suzanne C Dunn
Love it!

Wow wow wow wow wow! Amazing! just wow!😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 I recommend this for sure!
SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!! DONT READ THIS IF U DONT WANT ANY SPOILERS!YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!






My fave part is when Boy discovers he has a twin brother! His name is Tom!
Fay
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great next chapter for Town. It really tested friendships and relationships. Those Arthur boys really do have an evil streak in them. Boy and Violet really do have all the adventures. Looking forward to getting around to reading the last in the series.
Caitlin
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
I enjoyed this book, but maybe I just wasn't in the mood? I borrowed it a year ago after just finishing book one and have neglected to read it since... I think it had just been too long, which is unfortunate. I found it frustrating at times, and I don't know if I want to read book three now!
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Helena Duggan is from Kilkenny, a medieval, haunted city in the south of Ireland. She's pretty old, like 31 or something but her friends say she's never grown up, so like she's probably really only 13 in brain years. She writes stories for people her brain age and they are always full of adventure cause she gets bored really easy. She's also a graphic designer, that means she draws pictures for a ...more

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