Perfect by Ellen HopkinsPerfect by Ellen Hopkins


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Audio Book (CD) | September 13, 2011

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New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins makes her Simon & Schuster Audio debut with the young adult novel, Perfect.

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 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. Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back in order to score his perfect home run—on the field and off. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never understand.

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 selves. Because everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go?
Ellen Hopkins was born in Long Beach, California on March 26, 1955. She started her writing career with a number of nonfiction books for children, including Air Devils and Orcas: High Seas Supermen. She has written about 20 non-fiction books. Her first novel, Crank, was written in verse and met with critical acclaim. Her other fiction ...
Title:PerfectFormat:Audio Book (CD)Product dimensions:5.88 × 5.12 × 0.8 inShipping dimensions:5.88 × 5.12 × 0.8 inPublished:September 13, 2011Publisher:S&S AudioLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442344938

ISBN - 13:9781442344938

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite authors! I've purchased many of her books and have never been disappointed! Such quick, easy, wonderful reads.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read One of my favourites of Hopkins books. Each character has an emotional story of their idea of perfect and each is heartbreaking.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This really moved me This book was amazing. I cried a lot and it was amazing.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love This book was amazing. I've already read it twice. I love the poetry-style of writing, and the stories are so deep, emotional and raw. Great author! Great book!
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved i really enjoyed this one, kept me thinking, good story lines, loved the way it was written
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great follow-up Loved this sequel to Impulse.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect. This was my first time reading any of Hopkins' books and it certainly did blow my mind. I was a little sceptical at first, how a story could come through using only poetry, but now I almost prefer it. The characters were extremely easy to relate to, a little of them lives inside of us.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hardhitting, as always If you've looked up any of Ellen's other books you may have seen my reviews, and if you can't tell by now, I'm a massive fan. This is no different, in fact, it may actually be one of my favourites by her. I feel like it is incredible easy to relate to, as mostly everyone can probably say that they have felt imperfect and flawed at some point in their life. It is absolutely amazing and hard hitting, like usual. Not to mention it will look great on your shelf because the cover is stunning
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost as good as Impulse Impulse is my favorite of her novels and perfect is definitely up there as well. I really love the topic that is tackled in this one because I think anyone can relate to the feeling of being imperfect and desiring to change something about themselves or giving into pressures from other people.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Trigger warning It was pretty triggering but a very nice sequel to impulse. Loved the book and many will enjoy if they enjoyed the first part of this book. lovely unique way of writing Ellen uses I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect All characters in this novel view perfect as a vital goal. Not because of expectations but for an attempt of feeling loved.
Date published: 2014-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Perfect is overall a good read with many feelings, some which are quite harsh. This book conveys and shows the life of teenagers through the expectations of adults. These teenagers strive to be perfect while others note their imperfections. I think each character-Cara, Kendra, Sean, and Andre- are special in their own way, reflecting thoughts and actions we've all had before. I feel a connection with all of them, but with each, in a different way. The story, in my opinion, is somewhat believable, and I would certainly like to know where Cara, Kendra, Sean, and Andre end up in life. Perfect is neither slow-paced nor fast-paced, which lets me digest all that is happening to the characters. To me, the style of writing really emphasizes the character's message;however, I often find myself going back a few pages because I'm unsure as to what is happening. In other words, Perfect can sometimes be a tad bit confusing. Despite that, it is also a page-turner, and I rarely find myself dragging or reading just for the sake of reading something. To wrap up, I think that Perfect is a very interesting book which highlights teenagers' lives. I don't think I will ever read it again, but I encourage everyone to give it a chance and oversee the ideal of being Perfect.
Date published: 2014-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing book that everyone should take the time to read. Will open your eyes and change your perspective on life.
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh my goodness, I am overwhelmed I will admit that the book was a little slow at some points, but it was amazing to see how the details that first seemed insignificant tied together as the story progressed. Having read Impulse first, I got five perspectives rather than four, which only succeeded in somehow making the book even more emotional and thought-provoking than it already was. I would without a doubt recommend this and every other Ellen Hopkins book to anyone wanting to get an unforgettable glimpse into an often forgotten world.
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read great story that anyone can relate to. A beautifully written page turner
Date published: 2013-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect I absolutely adored this novel!! It talks about so many things that we as teens hear about and some deal with, the pressures to be that "perfect" it's definately worth your time
Date published: 2013-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful I'm definitely loving this author. This is the third book by her that ive read, and I must say that Hopkins has a true talent. You should read Impluse before reading Perfect; if you didnt, certainly read it after. Perfect was perfect in so many ways. Hopkins addresses issues that all teenagers face, especially one. How everyone wants to be perfect. Each situation that each character goes through is amazing and real. Cara and Seans situation added to the story, and I was touched at the end with Vanessa and Tony. I did feel that Kendras situation wasnt fully resolved, but clearly Shiloh had a big influence on her. I absolutely loved this book, from start to finish. Every teenager could probably relate to this book, in one way or another. I'm definitely loving Ellen Hopkins, and look forward to reading more of her amazing works of art.
Date published: 2013-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful & perfect in so many ways! This is my first book I read by Ellen Hopkins, and I have to say I look forward to reading many other books by her. As you begin the book, you are introduced to 4 different characters, and you get an insight of their life. As you continue, you enter deeper and deeper into each of their lives, and get to know them a little more, and see how their stories/lives connect to each other. They all face the same problem but in different ways. If you're like me, and love reading books by authors who write from more than one characters prespective then you will love this book, and from what I hear the rest of Ellen Hopkins' books are just the same.
Date published: 2012-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! * To understand the characters and the settings in this book it is better to read Impulse first * This book is wonderful! It will keep you wanting more, it is beautifully written once again by Ellen Hopkins. She is awesome and I love her books. It is a must read I think it's one of my favorites of her, this story has things that can happen in real life to anyone and that anyone can relate too. It was amazingly perfect, that's all I have to say. LOVED IT !
Date published: 2012-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book was devastatingly beautiful and raw. Hopkins writing to me was very easy to read and flows like silk. This book can be related to very easily I think by many people. Ellen covers teen issues such as anorexia, finding your sexual orientation, and simply trying to be the label everyone wants. 'Perfect'. This book was addictive and very hard to put down. The message is very clear and I don't think it could have been said any better. Fantastic job to Hopkins 3
Date published: 2012-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There are no words This is a fantastic book! Its so true to its title, and is one of the most relatable books ive read. It truly takes a good look at the life of a teenager through many different persepctives and i would read it over and over again! Hopkins is remarkable!
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you loved Hopkins' Impulse you will enjoy this one I read this book over the holidays. It was a really great read. Hopkins is my favourite author and I have read all of her novels. I have to say, you should read Impulse and then Perfect. Perfect is not a sequel to Impulse but it will definitely add a wow factor to the book. There wasn't as much of a rawness to the characters like Impulse but it addressed many key issues of teenage pressures. I would highly recommend this book along with all of her books. I have not read an Ellen Hopkins book that I have not liked!
Date published: 2011-12-31

Read from the Book

Cara Sierra Sykes Perfect? How do you define a word without concrete meaning? To each his own, the saying goes, so why push to attain an ideal state of being that no two random people will agree is where you want to be? Faultless. Finished. Incomparable. People can never be these, and anyway, when did creating a flawless facade become a more vital goal than learning to love the person who lives inside your skin? The outside belongs to others. Only you should decide for you— what is perfect. Perfection I’ve lived with the pretense of perfection for seventeen years. Give my room a cursory inspection, you’d think I have OCD. But it’s only habit and not obsession that keeps it all orderly. Of course, I don’t want to give the impression that it’s all up to me. Most of the heavy labor is done by our housekeeper, Gwen. She’s an imposing woman, not at all the type that most men would find attractive. Not even Conner, which is the point. My twin has a taste for older women. Before he got himself locked away, he chased after more than one. I should have told sooner about the one he caught, the one I happened to overhear him with, having a little afternoon fun. Okay, I know a psychologist would say, strictly speaking, he was prey, not predator. And in a way, I can’t really blame him. Emily is simply stunning. Conner wasn’t the only one who used to watch her go running by our house every morning. But, hello, she was his teacher. That fact alone should have been enough warning that things would not turn out well. I never would have expected Conner to attempt the coward’s way out, though. Some consider suicide an act of honor. I seriously don’t agree. But even if it were, you’d have to actually die. All Conner did was stain Mom’s new white Berber carpet. They’re replacing it now. Mom Stands There Watching The men work, laying mint green carpeting over clean beige padding. Thick. Lush. Camouflage. I sit on the top stair, unseen. Invisible. Silent. I might as well not even be here at all. And that’s all right. At least I don’t have to worry that she will focus her anger on me. Instead she blasts it toward the carpet guys. Idiots! You’re scratching the patina! Her hiss is like a cobra’s spit. I might want to expose that wood one day. I can’t if it’s marred. But she never will. That oak has been irreparably scarred by gunpowder-tainted blood. And even more by the intent behind the bullet. Sprawled on the floor, Conner wanted to die. Mom and Dad don’t think so. In fact, for once they agree on something besides how bad their stock portfolios looked last year. Both of them believe Conner only wanted attention. But he was way past hoping for that, at least the positive kind. No, Conner was tired of the pressure. Sick of trying to find the equation that would lighten the weight of expectations not his own. Listening to Mom tell skilled laborers how to do their job is almost enough to make me empathize. The more she goes on, the more I’m sure the carpet guys understand. There is no possible way to satisfy our mother. I Guess In A Way I have to give Conner a little credit. I mean, by putting the gun to his chest, he made an overt, if obscene, statement— I will no longer force myself inside your prefab boxes. I’d much rather check out of here than let you decide the rest of my life. “You,” meaning Mom and Dad. The pressure they exert individually is immense. As a team, it’s almost impossible to measure up to their elevated criteria. I have done my best, pushed myself to the limit. To get into Stanford, I have had to ace every test, stand out as a leader (junior class pres, student council), excel in sports, serve as a mentor, take command of extracurricular pursuits—cheerleading, honor choir, theater. All around dating Sean. Sometimes I just want a solo vacation. Hanging out on a beach, submitting to the temptation of sand, sun, salt water, sans UV protection. Who cares what damage they might inflict on my skin? Nice dream. But what would my mother say? I can hear her now. Don’t be ridiculous. Who in their right mind would invite melanoma and premature aging? When I look at her, I have to admit her beauty regime is working. It’s as if by sheer force of will she won’t permit wrinkles to etch her suede complexion. But I know, deep down, she is afraid of time. Once in a while, I see fear in her eyes. That Fear Isn’t Something Most people notice. Not Dad, who’s hardly ever home, and even when he is, doesn’t really look at Mom. Or me. Not Conner, because if he had even once seen that chink in her fourteen-carat armor, he’d have capitalized on it. Not her friends. (I think the term misrepresents the relationship, at least if loyalty figures into what it means to be a friend.) Book club. Bridge club. Gym spinners. She maintains a flock of them. That’s what they remind me of. Beautiful, pampered birds, plumage-proud, but blind to what they drop their shit on. And the scary thing is, I’m on a fast track to that same aviary. Unless I find my wings. I Won’t Fly Today Too much to do, despite the snow, which made all local schools close their doors. What a winter! Usually, I love watching the white stuff fall. But after a month with only short respites, I keep hoping for a critical blue sky. Instead, amazing waves of silvery clouds sweep over the crest of the Sierra, open their obese bellies, and release foot upon foot of crisp new powder. The ski resorts would be happy, except the roads are so hard to travel that people are staying home. So it kind of boggles the mind that three guys are laying carpet in the living room. Just goes to show the power of money. In less than an hour, the stain Conner left on the hardwood will be a ghost. The Stain That Conner left on our lives will not vanish as easily. I don’t care about Mom and her birds. Their estimation of my brother doesn’t bother me at all. Neither do I worry about Dad and what his lobbyist buddies think. His political clout has not diminished. As twins go, Conner and I don’t share a deep affection, but we do have a nine-months-in-the-same-womb connection. Not to mention a crowd of mutual friends. God, I’ll never forget going to school the day after that ugly scene. The plan was to sever the gossip grapevine from the start with an obvious explanation— accident. Mom’s orders were clear. Conner’s reputation was to be protected at all costs. When I arrived, the rumors had already started, thanks to our neighbor, Bobby Duvall. Conner Sykes got hurt. Conner Sykes was shot. Conner Sykes is in the hospital. Is Conner Sykes, like, dead? I fielded every single question with the agreed fabrication. But eventually, I was forced to concede that, though his wounds would heal, he was not coming back to school right away. Conner Sykes wasn’t dead. But he wasn’t exactly “okay.” When People Ask How he’s doing now, I have no idea what to say except for, “Better.” I don’t know if that’s true, or what goes on in a place like Aspen Springs, not that any- one knows he’s there, thank God. He has dropped off most people’s radar, although that’s kind of odd. Before he took this unbelievable turn, Conner was top rung on our social ladder. But with his crash and burn no longer news of the day, all but a gossipy few have quit trying to fill in the blanks. One exception is Kendra, who for some idiotic reason still loves him and keeps asking about him, despite the horrible way he dumped her. Kendra may be pretty, but she’s not especially bright. © 2011 Ellen Hopkins

Editorial Reviews

"At its nucleus, four teenagers are grappling with insecurities that become exacerbated when loved ones turn up the heat. . . . The unrestricted access Hopkins employs is formidable: parents, siblings, love interests, and outliers all thrust frank judgment on the characters. It is how Cara, Sean, Kendra, and Andre react that encourages readers’ emotional attachments. Her writing conveys teenage quandaries with all of the intended consequences, as the verse style only serves to shock as the events unfold."