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Friday, July 18, 2014

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Reviewed By: L.S.
This book is part of a series written by Ellen Hopkins and these books are written as free-verse poems so they are interesting to read and different than other books. This book is about four teenagers named Cara, Kendra, Sean, and Andre. Each of these teens have different ambitions and come from different families. They all want to achieve their idea of "perfection" but go through different struggles to do so. The struggles they go through are also a little bit extreme and they make mistakes along the way. Often, their families do not agree with their goals in life. Also, each of their stories end up being connected in one way or another and it is interesting to see how this happens.
Why I Picked it Up: I picked up this book because I have previously read most of the other books written by Ellen Hopkins and I really enjoyed reading them. They are about serious topics and teach the reader lessons based off of the mistakes that the characters make.
Why I Finished It: I finished this book because it was written as a collection of poems so it was different than reading a book written in a normal format. Also, the individual stories of the four teenagers make you not want to put the book down because they are so unique and sometimes even tragic.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this book to teenagers who would not mind a sad ending or reading about mature, serious topics.

**Librarian Side Note** Love, love, love this author! While she is mostly known for her first series that starts with Crank, Ellen Hopkins is a master of the novel in verse. I highly recommend ALL of her books, which of course, we have here in the Library.

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