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The Perfectionists Paperback – May 12, 2015
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From the Back Cover
Five perfect girls. One perfect murder.
In Beacon Heights, Washington, five high school seniors know that you don't have to be good to be perfect.
Mackenzie, Ava, Caitlin, Julie, and Parker are all driven to be perfect—no matter the cost. At first these five girls think they have nothing in common, until they discover they all hate the same person: rich, entitled Nolan, who's done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect plan to murder Nolan—a hypothetical murder, of course. It's all wishful thinking . . . until they wake up one morning to find that their wish came true. Nolan was killed, in exactly the way they planned. The thing is, they didn't do it. So who did?
Suddenly the girls are the prime suspects in the murder. And they need to find the real killer before their perfect lives are ended—for good.
- Grade Level : 9 - 12
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062074504
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062074508
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Product Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.79 x 8 inches
- Reading level : 14 and up
- Publisher : HarperTeen; Reprint Edition (May 12, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #427,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. The guilty party will never be the first person the girls (because the main characters are always teenage girls) suspect. The girls will suspect someone obvious (or obviously set up) and then be too blindsighted to consider the possibility that they could be mistaken or that the killer is smart enough to fake them out.
2. You'll be left hanging until the last possible moment of the last book in the series, so unless the book is a one-off like a The Heiresses (and even then..), better prepare yourself by gathering up the other books in the series before starting the first one, because once you start, you'll want to binge-read until you finally get some answers.
3. The cops/detectives working the case are the most inept bunch around. And they all seem to think that teenage girls are criminal masterminds.
I've read plenty of Sara Shepard books, and I've come to enjoy these 3 givens. As with the other books I've read by her, this book has its share of red herrings, and plenty of good suspects to keep me flying through the pages. Because this is a two-parter, it ends on a cliffhanger. Sara Shepard books are my guilty pleasure, and this one was just as fun as they usually are. I'm moving onto the second book in the 2-book "series" immediately so I can get some closure, but I definitely enjoyed the ride.
With a number of potential suspects, including the girls themselves, unraveling the mystery about who really killed Nolan Hotchkiss won’t be easy. Especially when, with each new chapter, secrets are revealed, creating doubt and suspicion, and when new information comes to light that makes those who appear to be the most guilty seem innocent.
And with five protagonists whose personalities, lives, goals, and reasons for hating Nolan Hotchkiss are very different, discovering what those reasons are and finding out who can be trusted or who might be hiding something, makes this a real page turner.
Author Sara Shepard teases readers with each new revelation, each jaw-dropping twist, each surprise. She builds tension and creates suspense as the investigation heats up and the police begin to hone in on their suspect and as the girls try to catch who they think is guilty. She introduces interesting and appealing characters to tell this story who readers will want to know more about, whose secrets they’ll want to uncover, and whose innocence they’ll be hoping for.
THE PERFECTIONISTS is the first book in this new two-book series by the author, which means that not every question will be answered by the story’s end. And as it is told from five different point’s of view, there is still plenty to be discovered about each character’s story in the next book. While much is left up in the air, the author struck the right balance between revealing too little and too much, creating a very satisfying read that allows readers to get to know enough to become invested in the characters and the plot and make them anxious for the next installment.
Suspenseful, fun, exciting and a little bit wicked, THE PERFECTIONISTS is a must for fans of the author, readers who want a quick and thoroughly enjoyable read, and those who like a mystery that won’t be quite so easy to solve.
Top reviews from other countries
The Perfectionists is set in an intense elite high school where students are pushed to be as perfect as they can be. As with all high schools, there is a reigning king who everyone seems to adore, at Beacon Heights, that's Nolan Hotchkiss. When four girls, from different cliques, are united by their hatred of Nolan, they come up with the perfect way to solve all their problems - by murdering him, hypothetically, of course. But when Nolan is actually murdered a few days later in the same way they were planning, the girls are left confused and trying to find answers.
To say this book was enjoyable would be true, but I was hoping to be gripped, on the edge of my seat, and all those other cliches. I'm going to continue on with the series, because it was an interesting concept, even if some of the characters were infuriating to spend time reading about. I'm excited to see how the TV show turns out and if they deviate from the books, like PLL did.
5 schoolgirls, Mackenzie, Ava, Parker, Julie and Caitlin have all been tortured by the popular boy and school bully, Nolan Hotchkiss. One day in film studies class the 5 girls discuss how they would kill Nolan if they were going to. Someone ends up killing Nolan the exact way they said they would and this person is framing the 5 girls for the murder. It is now their job to clear their name and find the real killer.
Overall this is an amazing book which is really easy to get into to. If you have read and enjoyed Sara Shepard’s ‘Pretty Little Liars’ series then you will definitely enjoy this book. There is also a sequel to this book called ‘The Good Girls’ which wraps up the story. I am still yet to read ‘The Good Girls’ but I am sure it will be just as amazing!
By 11 yr old, Liam Farrell
This book is heavier going than Sara Shepard's other books. It's more serious and has a colder feel with less drama. In a way I guess it is more believable. Typical of a first book from her, it is a little harder going and doesn't have much impact. You really do have to give it a chance and read the second one before deciding if you love or hate it.
By the end of this book I was very impressed. The storyline seemed tedious until I read it and was so excited to get the second one. I have now finished both and I can tell you that if you don't read this you are missing out!