“Perfect” deals with a 13-year old girl’s quest to cope
with the death of her father and her basically “absentee” mother. The main
character, Isabelle Lee, tries to alleviate the pain that she feels by binging
and purging. As a result, her mother sends her to therapy called “Group”. While
Isabella Lee thinks this going to be the worst thing in her life, in walks the
popular girl in her grade, Ashley, and the two form a friendship that Isabella
could have only dreamed of. But, by the end, she’s not so sure that Ashley is as
perfect as she thought.
I think this is a great book because it
tackles the issue of teens doing what they have to just to be “cool”. Also, it
gives you a little insight into how much one family can pull together or drift
apart in different situations.
This book would be very appealing to
middle school-age students because it is a very believable situation, into which
anyone could fall. The characters could be anyone that you know. The book could
help readers cope with issues and see the positive influences. Also, not only is
the book well-written as the mind of a 13-year old, but it also does a good job
of telling the story in a way that it’s not so emotional it will make you cry,
but to the point where it still speaks to you.
~ Shantell Ross, grade
8, Linesville High School