BOOK REVIEW | PERFECT BY CECELIA AHERN

Title: Perfect

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: April 6, 2017

Genres: YA Dystopia

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins NZ to review.

Star rating:★★★★★

Summary: When we embrace all our flaws, that’s when we can finally become perfect…

Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed. And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed…?

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i read flawed in one sitting, i loved it so much. of course, perfect wasn’t disappointing in the slightest. i’m sad to see this duology end, but i’m also glad that it wasn’t dragged out like some series are, y’know?

i wasn’t a big fan of the romance in the first book. i didn’t like either love interests, and i felt that neither the romantic subplots nor the characters got the development the needed. they were just kinda there.

i love how perfect had a lot more action in it than flawed. it felt strange to read initially because i was expecting something like flawed and more on the contemporary side of the dystopian genre, not so brutal. it was a good change.

i loved celestine even more in perfect. she was more determined than before. she grew so much as a character, it’s hard not to like her. i wasn’t her biggest fan during the first book, but i’ve come to love her a lot over the 2 books. i’m a little disappointed with her sister – i’d expected more from her but i do like how she acted in the end. the family dynamic in this duology is amazing. many ya books seem to forget about family, especially the parents.

another thing i really enjoyed about perfect was the flow from book 1 to 2. i read these books back to back and it felt like one big story rather than two separate books.

the only thing that i didn’t like about this book is one of the last scenes that’s supposed to be empowering but came off more as self harm than anything. i won’t say what, for sake of spoilers, but i feel like the only one who’s felt this way towards the ending.

overall, perfect was a phenomenal read and a great ending to a series. i hope more people read this book, as i don’t see any hype for it (and flawed definitely deserves it).

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  • OMG I CAN’T CONTAIN MYSELF EVERYTIME I SEE FLAWED OR PERFECT ANYWHERE!! I soooo loved Flawed! It was such powerful writing and I loved Flawed too! The HarperCollins UK people were so sweet they sent me a hardcover all the way to India! And omigosh I see what you mean about THAT scene..I never thought of it that way until I saw a similar review as yours on Goodreads..When I read the scene, I felt scared but for some reason didn’t think of it as self harm? But now I totally get what you mean..Maybe the author should have done it differently or done away with the scene..And yes about the hype thing! Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person who’s talking about this duology and everyone else is like Ahern wrote a YA book? when?!? I wish more people would read it! GREAT REVIEW!!

    • OMG that’s so nice of them to send you a copy from so far away!! I’m so glad you loved it! honestly, it was better than i’d expected!! i can see how some people would never notice THAT scene, and maybe i was too sensitive towards it, but i agree that she could’ve not written it at all. or maybe have it as an extended ending/novella type thing so those who don’t want to read it don’t have to?
      if we keep talking about it on social media, do you think more people would read it? ;p
      and THANKS FOR STOPPING BY! (it’s nice to know i have readers on this blog haha)