Hopkins, Ellen

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Northern Nevada teenagers Cara, Kendra, Sean, and Andre, tell in their own voices of their very different paths toward perfection and how their goals change when tragedy strikes.

Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2011
ISBN: 9781416983248
Branch Call Number: FIC H
Characteristics: 622 p. ; 19 cm.


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Sep 27, 2014
  • 1D_5SOS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Perfect was excellent, in my opinion. I loved everything about it and if your in a book hangover this will surely get you back on track! I liked how everything ended but Ellen Hopkins doesn't exactly tell you the ending she let's you figure out yourself what happens. Which I disliked. LIKE WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL OF THEM IN UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE AND DID ANDRE GET IN????? so many questions :(( and tbh i loved the poetry, it made the book fun and easy to read!:)))

Aug 21, 2014

Perfect is a mature read about how four very different teens perceive what perfect means.
Perfect is about four teens who live very different lifestyles. Cara’s overprotective, ‘perfect’ parents have led her brother to depression and suicide, and it is only a matter of time before their unrealistic expectations take over Cara’s mind too. Kendra believes that to be perfect she has to cover up every one of her imperfections with makeup, expensive clothes and life threatening diets. Sean knows that without the perfect baseball winning streak, and without the perfect girlfriend, his reputation will fall, leading him to the bottom of the social ladder. And Andre knows that the only way he can be ‘perfect’ is to defy his parents and reach for his dreams, which he knows could lead him to be pushed away by not only his friends, but also his family.
This book is another one of Ellen Hopkins’ extraordinary books. Each page is written in a different type of free verse poetry, and each chapter from a different perspective. I liked this book because between the four different perspectives, anyone can relate to the book. The title ‘Perfect’ relates to the book very well, because each teen is struggling to find out that the word ‘perfect’ really means in each of their lives; whether it means going against the perfect future your parents have made for you, or having the perfect winning streak in the game that could end up creating your future. I recommend this book to mature readers aged 14 and older, and to anyone struggling with the meaning of perfect in their own lives.

Jul 09, 2014
  • Allina606166 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book really made me think. The author had a way with words that left me with a visual a lot beautiful that probably was. I look forward to reading the next one.

Jan 24, 2014
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A quick read, this book bounces around the dysfunctional lives of several high-school students all struggling for some definition of perfection - Sean wants athletic perfection, so he takes steroids. His girlfriend Cara bucks the pressure of her demanding parents and comes out as a lesbian. Kendra seeks perfection through extreme dieting. No easy answers or quick solutions in this book, but probably a lot for teens to empathize with.

May 22, 2013
  • tortellini_13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ellen Hopkins writes some of the greatest things in her books. It's things that teens can relate to, it's things that actually happen in real life, and it's real reactions that people get. It's not fantasy, it's not sugar-coated, it's the tough, hard, and real bare truth. And it's eyeopening to be able to read this as a teenager, and know that you're not alone. I can't stop reading Ellen Hopkin's books!

Aug 21, 2012
  • BookWormChelly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favorite books by Ellen Hopkins. This book shows the effects of people's lives going through depression, cutting themselves, anorexia, craziness and much more. Someone was inspired by this book and created the Butterfly Project. It helps people not to cut themselves but to save their life and putting a stop to their cutting habit. Love this book. Recommend anyone to read this book. It really touched my heart.

Aug 10, 2012
  • JennComishen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this book absolutley amazing. As all Ellen Hopkins book. Dark, serious, yet keeps you hooked.

Jul 16, 2012
  • Ólive rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book is amazing i love it danm.

Jul 16, 2012
  • LOVELYCUTE55 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

No matter how u want something to be perfect it will never come true...

Jun 18, 2012

This book is the sequel to Ellen Hopkins "Impulse", and it was absolutely PERFECT! (as the title says) :) Very good read!

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May 22, 2013
  • tortellini_13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 10, 2012
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Aug 10, 2012
  • JennComishen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Through out this book you'll follow 4 teens and their ideas of perfect. You'll find out what issues they may have, and how being 'perfect' may not always be what it's cut out to be. Whether perfect is pretty, skinny, buff, being yourself, or smart. It's an impossible goal. The 4 teens find themselves in this book. No matter how hard it is. Has to do with suicide, eating disorders, steroid use, drinking, drug abuse, sexuality

Jul 16, 2012
  • Ólive rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It saddens me that Ellen Hopkins is said to be the bestselling living "poet" in America, considering that her writing is poetry only in the sense that the formatting looks like a poem, with short fragmentary lines, and ever-so-clever offset summaries (ahem). It isn't especially poetic. That's not to say all her books are bad, just that she's chosen her trademark formula and is sticking to it, and it's a little tired at this point. That said, standard prose would make her brand of after-school-special melodrama impossible to wade through. By tightening up the language, she avoids writing total dreck. I thought this was her worst work though, because it was strained and because she threw in a couple of rapes for extra drama but didn't write anything substantial about them, giving the impression that the victims weren't particularly affected by their experiences. We need another contrived plot device here: "Oh, that was certainly unpleasant. But we need to advance what passes for a plot, so moving on." Oh well, rape could be fodder for the next book she spews out, right?


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