Perfect by Natasha FriendPerfect by Natasha Friend

Perfect

byNatasha Friend

Paperback | September 26, 2004

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Depicting with humor and insight the pressure to be outwardly perfect, this novel for ages 10-13 shows how one girl develops compassion for her own and others' imperfections.For 13-year-old Isabelle Lee, whose father has recently died, everything's normal on the outside. Isabelle describes the scene at school with bemused accuracy - the self-important (but really not bad) English teacher, the boy that is constantly fixated on Ashley Barnum, the prettiest girl in class, and the dynamics of the lunchroom, where tables are turf in a all-eyes-open awareness of everybody's relative social position.But everything is not normal, really. Since the dealth of her father, Isabelle's family has only functioned on the surface. Her mother, who used to take care of herself, now wears only lumpy, ill-fitting clothes, cries all night, and has taken every picture of her dead husband and put them under her bed. Isabelle tries to make light of this, but the underlying tension is expressed in overeating and then binging. As the novel opens, Isabelle's little sister, April, has told their mother aboutIsabelle's problem. Isabelle is enrolled in group therapy. Who should show up there, too, but Ashley Barnum, the prettiest, most together girl in class. Depicting with humor and insight the pressure to be outwardly perfect, this novel for ages 10-13 shows how one girl develops compassion for her own and others' imperfections.For 13-year-old Isabelle Lee, whose father has recently died, everything's normal on the outside. Isabelle describes the scene at school with bemused accuracy - the self-important (but really not bad) English teacher, the boy that is constantly fixated on Ashley Barnum, the prettiest girl in class, and the dynamics of the lunchroom, where tables are turf in a all-eyes-open awareness of everybody's relative social position.But everything is not normal, really. Since the dealth of her father, Isabelle's family has only functioned on the surface. Her mother, who used to take care of herself, now wears only lumpy, ill-fitting clothes, cries all night, and has taken every picture of her dead husband and put them under her bed. Isabelle tries to make light of this, but the underlying tension is expressed in overeating and then binging. As the novel opens, Isabelle's little sister, April, has told their mother aboutIsabelle's problem. Isabelle is enrolled in group therapy. Who should show up there, too, but Ashley Barnum, the prettiest, most together girl in class.
Natasha Friend has taught at the Brearley School in New York City and Ecole Bilingue in Boston and currently directs the Brimmer and May summer camp in Massachusetts. She has written for FamilyFun magazine, contributed to Chicken Soup for the Volunteer’s Soul, and is the author of a camp counselor resource book used throughout New Engl...
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Title:PerfectFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.54 inPublished:September 26, 2004Publisher:Milkweed EditionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1571316515

ISBN - 13:9781571316516

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Perfect by Natasha Friend Normally when I expect to read pink, little book like this one, I don't expect the tone to be dark even if the back of the book already said that it was. Eating disorders and death. What a great theme for children who needs to have their eyes open for the real world.I don't know exactly why this book stands out. Maybe it's the emotional touch. Isabelle and Ashley both come off as incredibly real characters, despite the short length. The story is so raw and real, far more than many books about eating disorders. I had a hard time deciding on rating this book. I didn't know if I wanted to give it 3 stars or 4 stars. Then, i finally decided with 3.5 stars.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Powerful Book This book is about a girl named Isabelle who has a eating disorder called bulimia which is when one person eats food and then throws it all back up. Natasha Friend made a powerful book about how one teens life can be so complicated. The topic of the book and all her other books like Lush and Bounce describe different topics on how teens lives are sometimes and how things feel like any second, the whole world will come tumbling down. But everything can be fixed. This book and the others are amazing books and I defiantly recommend the books. These books will amaze you!
Date published: 2009-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Realistic I love this book. My friend and I have each read it about 5 times. It's very realistic and it's not just about some preppy girl who makes herself throw up because she thinks she's fat. It's about an issue that many people can relate to. Natasha Friend is a great author. I would definetly recommend this book to every girl between 12-15.
Date published: 2009-03-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was ok I have to say I was kinda bord with this book. SO many times she barffed with her friend and then at the end you never really know if the two girls get bettter or what the letter said. but then again i am always disapointed with her endings. But to make this all not bad I will say Friend did a good job showing girls struggls to be perfect.
Date published: 2008-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting I thought this books was going to be about an immature teenager that was just being bulimic to fit in. I was wrong. Perfect by Natasha Friend is a book that takes you thorugh the mind of a troubled teenager who releases her pain by pigging out and then throwing it all back up. She gets caught by her little sister and has to go to eating disorder therapy. When she goes into the depressing beige room, she discovers that one of the popular girls in her grade is also bulimic. They eventually become friends and have many weird adventures. If you like books with suspense, irony, and humor, you will love this one. I know i did!
Date published: 2008-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good but young ages I got the book gard 5 and it has some things in that r not right 4 ages at my age! but i loved it!!!
Date published: 2008-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Great book! you feel as if you are really in the mind of another person, you feel their pain, you know how they are feeling. You are not bored you want to continue reading this book. I highly recomend and it makes you realized how lucky you really are. And in the end how much you need family, and how you need to keep strong no matter what.
Date published: 2007-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I have only read to Chapter 5 and I still find this book amazing. I bought the book at a book fair for my school. Alot of people think i go to a "group" because Iam so skinny. They think I have an eating disorder. Yet. I don't. I love the book so far. I will surely write another reveiw when I am done the book.
Date published: 2006-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read for Teens The book Perfect is like it's title is perfect for teens, I stayed up all night to finish this book. The main character Isabelle is a "round" character, she changed after she went to "the group". Met a new friend Ashely the most popular girl in the school. i recommend this book to teens.
Date published: 2006-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book this book is about a girl named Isabella and she is bulimic. her family hasn't gotten over the death of her father yet. when Isabella's mom finds out that she's throwing up her food, she sends her to a rehab centre once a week to get over her problem. when isabella arrives there, she finds none other than the most popular girl in school, Ashley. her and ashley become friends and Isabella has to decided wether to betray her original friends or to stay with ashley.
Date published: 2006-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stages Wow, This book is one of my favourites. Its a great book, if your going through a very tough time in your life. When the main character Isabelle has a problem with making herself throw-up It reflected on me majorly. I enjoyed reading about Isabelle Lee's problems and her process of quitting. I think this book would be perfect for anyone going through that stage of not being accepted in life and causing yourself to throw-up. Good Luck to the readers like Issabelle Lee!
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book! I read this book recently and I really enjoyed it. I would say the only bad part about it is that you will end up staying up all night to read it. I really enjoed it because, being a teen myself I know some of the pressures of image in the world today. This book helped me relize that even though someone may seem 'perfect' they really aren't. I love how Natasha Friend put lots of detail in describing how it would really be, and I hope that she ill write another book soon.
Date published: 2006-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! When I saw this book in the store, I wasn't very interested. But then I started reading it and I knew I had to get it. I read it the same night I bought it, 'cause I couldn't wait to turn the pages. It was way better then any other eating disorder book I had read. It seemed a lot more realistic than the other ones. And I love the ending. I hope there's a sequel!
Date published: 2006-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Perfect I think that this book was pretty good but pretty easy too! it is about a girl who is belimic so i think that a girl shoudl read this to know that wat isabelle is doing is wrong and that u should not think wat she thought!
Date published: 2005-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect An awesome book that allows the reader to feel Isabelle's emotional and physical problems as she learns about herself and the school's most popular girl, Ashley. While doing so, she finds things arn't always how they seem.
Date published: 2005-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great Book I picked this book up to read at school, 'cause we have to. So I'm looking through the teen section, and I pick this out because I get impatient. I discover that it's like all the other clichè girl teen books out there. It's about a girl, one of her parents are dead (Surprise, surprise...) and she has an eating disorder.... It's an alright book, but there are hundreds like it.
Date published: 2005-10-22