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The Perfect Escape

(The Perfect Escape #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  34 reviews
"Pure fun! A hilarious rom-com that head-fakes you into tumbling headlong into a techno-zombie survival thriller propelled by banter and plenty of heart."—DAVID YOON, New York Times bestselling author of Frankly in Love

Love is a battlefield in this hysterical rom-com debut, perfect for fans of Jenny Han.

Nate Jae-Woo Kim wants to be rich. When one of his classmates offers
Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Helen Hoang
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Suzanne Park is effortlessly hilarious, and her characters are super lovable. My favorite is Nate, he's swoony but so relatable as an Asian American lead. His family members are also written with great care and humor, and his little sister is the cutest thing. Kate's struggles with her dad really spoke to me, so if anyone has daddy troubles, this book might be for you...

I hope this is the YA romcom of 2020. It was sweet, funny, and yeah, it warmed my broken heart. I can't wait
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’m honest here, the blurb and the cover drew me in, but unfortunately the plot didn’t deliver.

This debut novel, needed some polishing and some more editing. Marketed as a rom-com, I was missing the fun aspect of it. The writing wasn’t funny, the dialogues weren’t funny and the overall plot wasn’t funny either.

On top of it, the romance felt lackluster, since the couple had no real chemistry. The plot had holes, and the sub plots were rather unbelievable. Additionally the plot was actually a bit
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Suzanne Park
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I highly recommend this book.
Dec 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
I'm usually not one for YA contemporaries, but this sounds ~ adorable.
Sarah Henning
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Suzanne Park’s THE PERFECT ESCAPE is the hilarious tale of two snarky teens hoping to fund their wildest dreams in the most convenient way available: via windfall from agood, old-fashioned zombie-whooping competition. Tech-brainiac Nate and wannabe-actress Kate will win your hearts (and maybe each other’s) as they conquer the undead, their well-meaning but clueless parents, and their disagreement over the virtuesof mayo-based products. THE PERFECT ESCAPE is indeed the perfect escape from, well, ...more
Whitney Schneider
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Puts the COM in rom-com!

This book is hilarious! Nate and Kate are such likable characters as they get to know each other (and themselves) while prepping for a zombie survivalist competition. Nate’s relationship with his family and adorable little sister is heartwarming and realistic. It’s a perfect contrast to Kate’s broken relationship with her father and his over-the-top, but understandable, concerns for her safety. Suzanne Park did an amazing job of getting me to root for each character,
♠ TABI ♠
Jul 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
please rec me all the Korean/Korean-American YA books y'all know of PLEASE
Liz Lawson
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.

THE PERFECT ESCAPE is straight-up, real life, rom com, in that it has COMEDY! I lol'ed multiple times while reading, which is rare for me. It's a breath of fresh air in a crowded genre because of that--and because of the plot, which features zombie escape rooms and a survivalist competition.

This is a dual POV book and Park does a great job giving her two protagonist personalities unique from the each other--you know whose chapter you're in just from the shift in voice. On top
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, 2020
Even after sleeping on The Perfect Escape, I'm still not really sure what to make of this one. The blurb describes it as a rom-com but this felt more like a contemporary YA + Black Mirror mashup. I was also a little irked that the survival competition mentioned in the description is such a small part of the actual story.

Nate and Kate were both...fine... as main characters. They each had interesting backstories (that wildly fluctuated in believability) but seemed like they were missing something
Chelsea Ichaso
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE PERFECT ESCAPE made me laugh out loud countless times. Nate and Kate, the lovable protagonists, are each hilarious in their own ways, yet not without depth. The survivalist competition is such a fun and unique arena for the rom and the com as this duo battles zombies and other teams in attempt to win the money that will fund their dreams. Nate and Kate both need to win the money, but up against so many obstacles, will they be able to win each other's hearts? I found myself tearing through ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This completely lovable story made me laugh out loud and has a whole lot of heart. I was lucky enough to read an early copy and fell quickly for Nate & Kate. The characters are nuanced and the story is so fresh and unique.

Who doesn't want to fall in love over escape rooms and zombies?

You better believe I'm going to read everything Suzanne Park writes.
Kristin Rockaway
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE PERFECT ESCAPE is the zombie-themed romcom I never knew I needed! Told in Suzanne Park's distinctive witty voice, the sweet, hilarious story of Kate and Nate was by turns touching and laugh-out-loud funny. This book is perfect for anyone who's ever been misunderstood, underestimated, or just likes a fast-paced, zombie-rific happily ever after.
Kim Smejkal
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious AND cute! A wonderful quick read that made me laugh out loud more than once. The characters were both so well-rounded and deep, and the zombie-inspired geeky setting was so unique and fun!
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love love LOVED this book! I couldn’t put this book down. It has such a fun storyline. You know a book is good when you don’t want to watch TV and you just want to keep picking up the book every spare chance you have. You really get invested in each character in this book. It seems like it would be great if ever turned into a movie!
Ken Choy
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

(based on pre-book deal draft)
With remarkable humor and insight into a teenagers angst-ridden psyche, the author puts her characters through the ringer--school bullies, Corporate bullies, zombies, a "please-let-it-happen-even-though-it-shouldn't-work-out" romance, and a helicopter parent that leave readers thanking their own for not being like the one in the book, just to name a few obstacles--and zeroes in on the consequences of hasty and sometimes self-serving decisions.

Sarah (Cover to Cover Reviews)
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy. "The Perfect Escape" is projected to be released on April 7th, 2020.

I was elated to get this ARC because there are very few things in this world than I love more than niche YA rom-coms. Meaning: ones that take place in the context of some unusualinterest, setting, or topic. (To give you an idea of what I mean by that, some niche rom-coms I've liked include "Hart & Seoul" and "Somewhere Only We Know" with K-Pop, and "Every Reason We
Ms. Arca
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up.
Huh! Well that was.. fun?! Zombie escape rooms and high school love.

Things I liked—
I really adored the MC of this book. Nate was completely adorable, lovable and the perfect male lead. His family was sweet (always love immigrant parents and little stay sisters winning) and his little nerd crowd of scholarship kid friends was cute and relatable, as well.

Kate was likable and real. She has a tough situation with her dad that I had a hard time putting my finger on..someone with dad
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Here's the thing! I wasn't quite sure of what to expect going into this book, particularly because the cover and synopsis gave it huge cheesy rom-com vibes to me, while the zombie competition that the relationship of the MCs was based off of seemed less friendly and more cutthroat.

And the result was a strange balance between the two? I'm still very confused about how dramatic of a shift I feel like the book took from the beginning to the last 1/5. Just because it started out very casual and
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THE PERFECT ESCAPE is a witty rom-com, with a unique, zombie-filled twist! Nate and Kate meet at the zombie-themed escape room where they both work. On the surface, a love of zombies might appear to be the only thing they have in common. At home, Nate feels the pressures of earning money for college, of making his family proud, and buying his loving parents new things. Kate, on the other hand, lives in a ritzy smart home (like a very, very smart home), decked to the nines with all the amenities ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I think this book and I started off on the wrong foot. If there’s one trope that I dislike more than any other it’s instalove and, unfortunately, this was the main driver of the romance in this story. That being said, I tried to look past it and not let it colour my opinion of the entire narrative - but it was difficult because, oh boy, do I hate that trope.

I think the stronger points of this story were the friendships. I just wish they had been a larger focal point of the narrative. I liked
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC for an honest review.

This was a very cute read, and I enjoyed it immensely. I found Nate to be very endearing and a typical nerdy, awkward teenage boy. I liked Kate a lot, and I liked that she never backed away from what she wanted in life. The drama or the climax was a bit contrived, and it makes you REALLY hate her dad. Her dad was the sore spot in the book for me. Even if there was some talk at the end of them working on fixing the relationship, her dad was
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great story of first love! This book is an endearing story that leaves you laughing, smiling and sighing. This is a great read for the beach, travel or a rainy day at home.
Nate Kim is on scholarship to high school. He is a nerd and helps the school look good with his GPA. His quirky family is not rich by any means. Nate is working his way through high school at an escape room and hoping for a college scholarship. A family crisis comes up and Nate wants to fix it.
Kate Anderson is alone
Cathleen Barnhart
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Suzanne Park’s YA rom-com, THE PERFECT ESCAPE is a fun, funny, and emotionally satisfying read. I loved the way the story is told in alternating points of view by the two main characters – nerdy, determined-to-be-successful Nate and lonely rich girl Kate, who meet at the zombie escape room where they both work.

Nate and Kate ultimately enter a zombie survivalist competition, with the goal of winning a huge sum of money. The prize money will allow Kate to break free from her overbearing, rigid
Keeley McCullough
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book on NetGalley. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick read so I was able to finish it in about 2 days. I'm usually not a huge zombie person, but I decided to give this book a try and I'm glad I did! Nate's mom and dad were such respectable characters and I think my favorite character was his little sister Lucy (especially the ice cream cake money scene - my heart!). Nate was a very likable guy and I was happy he didn't give up on trying to ...more
This nearly-perfect book had me on the edge of my seat and rooting for these two the whole way through the book. I *really* enjoyed the fact that it took place in the Seattle area, especially the parts in Bothell. I took off one star because it seemed like the ending wrapped up way too easily, especially when it came to her dad. But don't let that deter you from reading this--nothing else in this book was easy for the main characters, and I was there for it.

I cannot wait to read another book by
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own
Nate wants money to help his family out. Kate needs money of her own to get away from her father. So, of course, the perfect solution is to enter a weekend survivalist competition with a zombie theme for the prize money!

Nate and Kate both have secrets they're keeping from each other, as well as family and friends. Watching them blunder through their meeting and competition was fun in this book by Suzanne Park.

I did find Kate's situation to be over-the-top bad. I didn't enjoy reading about her
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This was not the escape for me! The pros: cute, developed main characters that are zombie-obsessed weirdos, a Pacific Northwest setting that features both the mountains and an escape room, and a very relatable fear of heights. The cons: dialogue that never feels fully natural (even when they are playing it off as being character awkwardness), product name placement that wasn’t necessary, and a tech company that seemed more like a Disney channel villain than a real concern. Folks who want a more ...more
Janet Rundquist
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book!
I loved the give and take between Nate and Kate as they danced around their feelings for one another. (Nate's internal dialogue is A+ entertaining, btw.) The zombie survival competition throws in some great twists, but probably the thing I liked best was how Park avoids the overworn trope of both characters making snap judgments about each other based upon their socioeconomic status. Bonus points for the characters of AI
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Perfect Escape was a really rough one for me to get through, and probably would have ended up in my DNF pile if I didn't have to review it. The characters are enjoyable, but the plot is so unrealistic, especially when it comes to the ending. It may work well for very young, young adult readers, but I think older YA readers and adults who like to dip into the market are going to have a hard time accepting the premise and resolution of this book.

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of this book.
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Suzanne Park is a Korean-American writer who was born and raised in Tennessee.

In her former life as a stand-up comedian, she was a finalist in the Oxygen Network's "Girls Behaving Badly" talent search, and appeared on BET's "Coming to the Stage." She found this to be the funniest thing in her comedy career because, well, she is not black. Suzanne was also the winner of the Seattle Sierra Mist

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