Monday, March 26, 2012

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Good Monday dear Reader Friends,
The Queen here with a Young Adult book this week, titled Perfect by Ellen Hopkins.

The book is beautifully written in poetic form, broken into four major character's point of view. Each teenage character struggles with finding themselves in a world that expects perfection, in a home where parental demands can drive some over the brink, and where the need to succeed can push one to take desperate risk that could cost them everything.

Be sure to read Hopkins' authors note at the end. Her letter to her readers touched me deeply and wrapped up this story in a most moving way.

I think this book is a must read for both parents, teachers and teens. Read it as a group and discuss the issues the characters face and what similarities you might find in your own life or at your own school. Most of all, enjoy this thought provoking tale.

Happy Reading,
The Queen

Book Title: Perfect
Author: Ellen Hopkins                                                                                                               

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 13, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 640 pages
Genre: YA Fiction
ISBN: 978-1416983248

Book Theme:
Body Image, self perception, steroids, LGBT, modeling

Topics covered in this book:
Teens dealing with body image, parental expectations, sexual orientation, sex, and career goals, the use and effects of steroids and issues in modeling life. 

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

Everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go? What would yougive up to be perfect?

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 skins, our own selves.

Authors Arena

Author: Ellen Hopkins
Ellen Hopkins is a poet, freelance writer, and the award-winning author of twenty nonfiction titles and five NY Times Bestselling novels-in-verse. She has published hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from aviation to child abuse to winegrowing. Ellen mentors other writers through her position as a regional adviser for the Nevada chapter of the Society of ChildrenÕs Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She is a regular speaker at schools, book festivals and writers conferences across the US, and now throughout the world.

Find out more about her books and helps for students, teachers and writers at her site.

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