Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars comes a thrilling new novel about five perfect girls who are framed for a murder they didn’t commit. 
In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke...until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

Publisher: HarperCollins 
Number of Pages: 336
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Amanda, age 18

I’ll just start off by saying that I have never read the Pretty Little Liars series, but I’ve heard so much about it that right away I thought this book sounded a lot like the series just from the description on the back. Considering that the same author wrote it, that makes sense, but I personally was put off by that a little bit to start off with. I’ve never really been interested in reading the PLL series, so I was hesitant to start on this book. What I got was pretty much what I expected.

Shepard, in general, does a great job with keeping readers on their toes and engaged, having lots of twists and turns and in general keeping the story interesting. But, the major downfall I think with this book when regarding the plot was that it all just felt very similar to PLL. The overall storyline was interesting and had little bits of suspense, mystery and girl power, but it wasn’t enough to keep me from seeing the difference between the two series.

It’s always kind of fun seeing the different high school perspectives in YA books, and this one was no different. Although, you have to be ready for a good amount of clich├ęs because it’s packed with them. Even though there were so many unoriginal moments, Shepard does a fantastic job of making them unique to each character and keeping you interested in how the situations will be handled by each individual character.

I would definitely recommend the book if you’re looking for more of the same style of Shepard from PLL, or if you’re looking for some murder mystery solving. Not one of my personal favorites, but it’s a great read for anyone interested in that genre.

This book hits shelves October 2014! 
Buy Hardcover | $17.99

Happy reading!
Amanda, age 18

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