Margaret K. McElderry 2011
Okay, so you're just going to have to assume that I'm going to give every Ellen Hopkins book five stars. I know that's a bit prejudiced of me, but that's just how great of an author she is. Seriously. If you haven't read her yet, I'm going to throw you out of the window.
Perfect is kind of an indirect sequel to Impulse. In Impulse, we follow the lives of Vanessa, Toby, and Connor as they try to survive a mental institution called Aspen Springs all for trying to do one thing: suicide. Perfect is the story that takes place back at the lives they left (especially Connor's) in the duration of Impulse. In this book, we are introduced to four characters: Cara, Connor's twin, the 'perfect' one that wants (and needs) to follow in her mother's and father's footsteps; Sean, a baseball player who, with the help of steroids, is the star athlete of his team; Andre, a person who is wanted to live up to his family's heritage and ancestry but wants to pursue his dreams in another direction; and Kendra, who will do anything to perfect the imperfections in her mirror image. This book has all the things you know about in a Hopkins book; beautiful poetry, amazing characters, romance, steroids/plastic surgery/anorexia/orientation and basically all the things that completes the life (unfortunately) of teens today. Not only is she an extraordinary writer, but her books deal with real-life issues in a way that is not only entertaining, but a message you can take with a grain of salt. Looking for perfection can sometimes be a curse. I hope that in the future, we'll all be able to strive for what we want; and be happy for what we get.
Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book