Monday, October 10, 2011

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins (CBR-III #36)

Cannonball Read III: Book #36/52
Published: 2011
Pages: 533 (15,025 total pages so far)
Genre: Young Adult

I love Ellen Hopkins. Her books are like every episode of Degrassi rolled into a novel. If you're not familiar with Degrassi, it's a Canadian teen soap opera that covers every major teen issue under the sun. Seriously, the teens in these books have more issues than anyone I've ever met. Makes for good reading though since I've read every single book Ellen Hopkins has written.

Perfect is a companion novel to Hopkin's book Impulse. However, it can easily be read on it's own. The book follows four teens who all have issues. Cara is coming to terms with breaking up with her boyfriend and realizing she's a lesbian. Her ex-boyfriend, Sean, tries to win her back by any means necessary. Oh, and he's also on steroids. Kendra is an anorexic model. Andre is dealing with his alcoholic girlfriend (Kendra's sister), her racist father, and the fact that he wants to be a dancer instead of following his parent's dreams for him.

This book was a little slower paced than most of the other Hopkins books I've read. It was a little heavier on the teenage angst and a little lighter on the drama until the end. Then things got much better and more drama-filled.

If you've never read anything by Ellen Hopkins, I'd recommend trying one of her other books first. Try Crank or Burned.

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