Book Review: Perfect
Once again, Ellen Hopkins has written another raw, eye-opening young adult novel. For those who aren’t familiar with her work, Hopkins’ young adult novels are written in verse and their subject is teen issues. With her latest work, Hopkins’ discusses the issue of perfection from the point of view of four teens: Cara, Kendra, Sean, and Andre. Cara is the twin sister of Conner, a character from Impulse, another young adult novel from Hopkins. Cara is trying to live up to her parents’ high academic expectations until an unexpected love comes along. Kendra is trying to get the perfect body by using self-destructive methods. Sean is trying to have the perfect life, socially and athletically and will do whatever it takes to get it. Andre is trying to live his own perfect dreams, but his ancestors’ desires stand in the way.
One of the notable things about these characters was how they showed duality in the way they saw themselves and how other people saw them. Another appreciative aspect of the book was how the format and font of the verses changed for each character to make them unique. In addition, there is a great promotion of critical thinking in the way that Hopkins approached the subject of perfection from different points of view. The only thing that may bother readers is how the book ends, especially if they really connect to the characters. All in all, Perfect was practically perfect.