October 9, 2011

Audiobook Review: Perfect (Impulse #2) by Ellen Hopkins (Audio)

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 you give 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.

WOW!!!! What a powerful ride! I have not had the opportunity to read any of Ellen Hopkins books. This is my first. When i received this audio book of Perfect from Simon & Schuster for review I'm not sure what i was expecting. I know i wasn't expecting the book to be as deep and personal as it is. It affected me. I'm not sure if it would have been the same had i read the book. The different narrators was definitely something that made this book a personal journey. It caused me to look at myself inside and out. This book deals with everything from steroids to suicide in a very powerful way. I know i am now wondering why i haven't listened to this authors books before. I WILL be listening to some of the others. The author prologue is just as powerful!
I didn't listen or read the book Impulse (Part one of this series) and that was OK. It can be a stand alone. The characters are not complex and I think i know or knew someone who resembles these characters either in school or in my own personal life now.
I'm 44 and this book affected me. I wish I could have had this book when i was a teenager! My life and thoughts may have been different.
If you haven't listened to any of this authors books or read any RUN! Don't walk to get this book. It would make a great Christmas gift for a teenager you know. I HIGHLY recommend this audio book. Or hardcover to Teens!  It is one of the most powerful books I have listened to. Its life changing!  BRAVO Ms Hopkins BRAVO!

Publisher-Simon & Schuster
Review Score: 5 STARS ( I would give more if i could)
Reviewed by~Lora

~Thank you to Lauren at Simon & Schuster Audio for the donation of this book~

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