A riveting and startling companion to the bestselling Impulse, Ellen Hopkins's Perfect exposes the harsh truths about what it takes to grow up and grow into our own skins, our own selves
Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there. Cara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother Conner spiraling toward suicide. For her, perfect means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body—no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. To score his perfect home run—on the field and off—Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never have understood.
The first book I read by Ellen Hopkins was Impulse then after that I was hooked. When I found out that Perfect was a companion book to Impulse I was excited. It's been a few years since I read Impulse so I may have forgot a few details but that didn't matter when reading perfect. Since it's not necessary to read Impulse before Perfect But I would definitely recommend any one to read it and any of Ellen Hopkins other books.
Perfect mostly focuses on Cara, who strives to be perfect to please her overbearing mother and distant father and friends. Kendra who works hard to look perfect she needs the right look,clothes,and perfect body no matter what cost. Sean thinks every things fine as long as he excels at baseball no matter what ,has the perfect girlfriend Cara and juiced up body. Andre who has two paths set out for him,he can follow his dreams of being a dancer or follow his father and mothers path with the right school and career choice. Then there are other characters that blend in the background but also are a big part of the story like Jenna Kendra's younger sister who lives in her sisters shadow and has her own issues to face. Conner Cara's twin bother who went over the edge pushed by stress to be the perfect son. His story is told in Impulse but we get glimpse of what he went though in this story from his sister Cara
The story is captivating and draws the reader into the story desperate to find out what happens next.The cover is eye catching like the majority of Ellen Hopkins books. To me it almost looks like translucent skin with purple writing on it. This story is for anyone who has ever struggled to meet the unrealistic expectation of being Perfect. 5/5