“Perfect” is, as Hopkins tells us, a word that is defined differently for different people. There is no set in stone definition of Perfect. To reach perfection is impossible because perfection doesn’t exist, and Hopkins shows what happens to these teens who try to strive to reach such a perfection.
Perfect is the sequel to Impulse, a favorite of mine I might add, the story takes place while Conner Skyes had attempted suicide and is rehabilitating at Aspen Springs. The lives portrayed in Perfect are his twin sister Cara, his ex-girlfriend Kendra and her sister Jenna, Sean who is Cara’s boyfriend, and Andre who becomes Jenna’s boyfriend. As in all of Hopkins books, each reality begins to encompass another until they all intertwine. Ellen Hopkins always manages to bring each one of there lives together in such realistic fashion.
The one thing that you can always expect from Ellen Hopkins (beside the amazing poetic prose that she writes) is the realism that is portrayed in every character that she creates. She grows actual people, allowing the words to lift them off the pages and form actual beings. Hopkins is a genius when it comes of characterization because all of her faulting characters make them so enjoyable to read, the drama that we use to suffice instead of our own. It’s sheer brilliance!
Brilliant! Thanks Shortskie for writing this review. I’ll be looking forward to reading this one.
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* Perfect by Ellen Hopkins releases September 13th, 2011.