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Perfect

Durée : 8 h et 10 min
Catégories : Anglais - Teens, Ages 11-13
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New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins makes her Simon & Schuster Audio debut with the young adult novel, Perfect.

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 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. Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back in order to score his perfect home run - on the field and off. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never understand.

A riveting and startling companion to the best-selling Impulse, Ellen Hopkins’s Perfect exposes the harsh truths about what it takes to grow up - and grow into our own selves. Because everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go?

©2011 Ellen Hopkins (P)2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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  • JDM
  • 03/10/2011

Just perfect !

I read YA not because I am a children's writer but because I enjoy a good read - and Perfect by Ellen Hopkins was just that. I listened to it over a period of tow days, unable to drag myself away for long from the outcome of our four high school seniors. The four young narrators do true justice to the pitch and rhythm of Ellen's poetic prose
and the depths, questioning and strength of the four POV. I just loved Ellen's literary device of weaving one story into the next with a word or a phrase, that caused one to linger just a little longer over each individual story.

As the title suggest, these four teens are struggling with the external (parental and societal), and at times internal, imposition of pressure to be perfect - the perfect independent twin, the skinniest model, the buffest athlete, the smartest.... We may have known these crippling and unrealistic goals in our own past, I know I have.
As a high schooler guidance counselor, I see teens every year facing these sorts of scenarios, which is why I am so grateful for such an author, who can get under the skin and into the mind and heart of these wonderful, struggling characters. I actually found myself having strong flashbacks to my own teen years and wishing I could have read of a Connor or a Cara or a Kendra, knowing someone understood.

Another powerful book by Ellen Hopkins, leaving one pensive and somewhat vulnerable. I recommend this to teens and adults alike.

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  • Remi Rosado III
  • 29/01/2016

Omg

This ending really made my jaw drop. If you've read her previous books you need to read this one

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  • L
  • 12/12/2011

Excellent all the way around

The narrators were awesome, not an annoying voice in the bunch, which can really kill the good book experience. The story and it's characters were totally engaging. Bought several more books by this author.

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  • Matt
  • 17/11/2011

Great book

Once you learn the characters you want to keep reading. Will continue reading Ellen Hopkins books!

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  • Kara Ohlsen
  • 17/11/2019

HONEST EVEN WHEN IT HURTS

Once again Ellen Hopkins has written an amazing book! This book, Perfect - is about how we struggle with many different things in our lives. Generally starting at a young age. I'm not skinny enough, says the anorexic or bulimic. My nose is too big, my breast are too small, Says the girl who is getting plastic surgery at age 16. I'm not smart enough, I'm not good enough to get football scholarship. I'm not strong enough to let people know the real me, I'm a lesbian. I'm not brave enough to let anyone know that I'm a dancer, who is already being noticed by amazing artists that will take me to the next level.
I'M NOT, That's exactly how thousands of our children, teens & even adults feel. And with Social Media it makes it so much easier for bullies to.. Well bully.
We NEED to as parents, grandparents, Aunt's&Uncle's, brothers and sisters, friends and just people who see someone struggling or hurting themselves or others. We are the Frontline of protecting our loved ones. It always starts at home.
There absolutely has got to be more conversations about these issues. We NEED to tell those people we love & don't want to lose... Forever. Teen suicide is more common then many many of us even could imagine.
We need to teach our children/friends/loved ones&even strangers that they CAN DO/BE WHATEVER THEY WANT. THEY CAN TAKE WHATEVER THEY ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT & BECOME..... IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP, GUIDE... THE I'M NOTS THAT THE CAN, THEY ARE!
This book was absolutely an amazing book. A definite MUST read. Beautifully written.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 18/10/2019

Love Ellen Hopkins!

Another compelling story that is narrated perfectly 🖤 spending all my credits reading all the Hopkins books! Lol

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 05/07/2019

100% recommended

I love the way the author wrote this book. I'm sure in some point in time we could all relate to at least one of the characters. And it really helps you evaluate what's important in life.

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  • Tess
  • 01/03/2019

love the author!

love that every character was ready by a different audio! they definately made the book "come alive"! the truth behind the book is so relatable to today's society! love love love!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 05/07/2018

Emotional

this is the first book in a long time to actually make me cry. The very end scene where it tied in Vanessa and Tony, and to hear their final words about Connor, really hit me hard. They were built very well as characters in the book prior to this, "Impulse", and then to tie them into this, with all the other very well built characters, it's emotional. Ellen Hopkins is an amazing auther and I recommend all the other books she has written, as she knows how to A.) Make characters real and B.) how to really give a deep insight to the human mind. I know personally how depression is, and my mind felt very similar to how Vanessa explained in Impulse. All in all, a great author if you can handle a graphic nature and touchy subjects.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 16/08/2017

Impulse for the win

Not as good as Impulse (You could never top that), but an amzing book in its own way. Loved it!

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  • Katherine
  • 11/05/2017

Amazing! Moving!

Would you consider the audio edition of Perfect to be better than the print version?

Both are great!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jenna and Kendra- I feel I can relate to them the most!

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It brings the story to life!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Perfect, Whose Perfect?