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The Perfectionists

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The Perfectionists

          Five gorgeous girls --- Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie and Parker --- all have one thing in common. They have all been ruined by the most popular kid in Beacon Heights: Nolan Hotchkiss. He’s got more money and power than he knows what to do with, and these five girls have had enough of him. They all desperately want him gone and even go so far as to create a murder plot. Of course, they’d never really kill him. They just wanted to rough him up a bit, to leave a couple marks on his ego. However, things quickly take a turn for the worse when Nolan truly turns up dead. What’s more, they soon find out that he was murdered in the exact same way they had planned it. The five teens must scramble to find the real killer before someone starts suspecting them of murder. 

  What I found most interesting was how attached I became to all the characters. During bad situations, I found myself getting nervous with them. During any relationship crises, I would struggle to fight a tear back.

            Curling up on the couch with a cup of tea and THE PERFECTIONISTS really made for the perfect Saturday evening. I have always been a sucker for any YA novel about high school and cute boys, and this was no exception. This book had a slight twist though, since it revolved around a dark mystery and had a number of tragic moments. Still, I enjoyed it just as much  --- if not more --- than most of the other novels I’ve read about cliques and relationships.

            What I found most interesting was how attached I became to all the characters. During bad situations, I found myself getting nervous with them. During any relationship crises, I would struggle to fight a tear back. Shepard’s engaging writing really drew me in and made me feel as though I was in the story.  Throughout the whole book, I was rooting for these girls and hoping for their success.

            Despite how much I loved the book, there was one thing that bothered me. At times, I found it slightly difficult to keep up. There are five different girls taking turns telling five different stories. They switched between chapters, and each switch made me feel like I was being taken out of the book and thrown back in at a different spot. Although it was a bit confusing and I had to constantly re-position myself, I suppose it also added to the story. It kept the plot moving and made for a very quick-paced mystery novel. 

            I highly recommend THE PERFECTIONITS to anyone who is looking for a refreshing and fun read. It’s full of unexpected twists and turns that will keep your eyes glued to the book. This novel is sure to leave you wanting more… but don’t worry, this is only the first book in the series.

Reviewed by Lynn W., Teen Board Member on September 30, 2014

The Perfectionists
by Sara Shepard

  • Publication Date: October 7, 2014
  • Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0062074695
  • ISBN-13: 9780062074690