Perfect

Perfect

eBook - 2010
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Following the death of her father, a thirteen-year-old uses bulimia as a way to avoid her mother's and ten-year-old sister's grief, as well as her own. Isabelle Lee has a problem, and it's not just Ape Face, her sister, or group therapy for an eating disorder, or even that her father died and her mother is depressed and in denial. It's that Ashley, the most popular girl in school, is inviting Isabelle to join her at lunch and at sleepovers at her house, and this is presenting Isabelle with a dilemma. Pretty Ashley has moved Isabelle up the social ladder, but is it worth keeping the secret they share? Caught in the orbit of popularity and appearances, Isabelle must navigate a world with mixed messages, false hopes, and potentially harmful turns, while coping with her own flailing family and emotions. The author brings a depth of characterization, humor, and a real adolescent's voice to this multileveled story about the desire to be perfect in an imperfect world.
Publisher: New York : Milkweed Editions, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781571318015
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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mad1232
Jul 15, 2017

This book tells us that people aren't what they seem to be. This book was very emotional. It showed us the struggles of this young girl. From her bulimia, her father and her family, it reminds us of how lucky we are. I definitely recommend this book, it's worth every second.

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Sophia_Wa
Jul 04, 2016

This book really shows how different people can be in the inside. The most popular girl in school has an eating disorder, and you wouldn't know it. It's sad to think how young these girls are and still they do that to themselves. It really shows what grief and sadness can do to a person. The only thing is if there would have been a bit more in depth on how bad throwing up and bulimia is, and how it affects the human body. Otherwise great read and I recommend it.

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Maria_Wa
Jul 04, 2016

I think this book really helps people understand the struggles of bulimia and how different people cope with large amounts of sadness. I definitely think this book is worth your time and you definitely check it out.
Perfect equals perfect!

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ May 26, 2015

This book follows 13 year old Isabelle as she first attends group therapy for an eating disorder. Isabelle befriends one of the popular girls from her school after meeting in their therapy group. The book appears to be about bulimia at first, but it quickly becomes clear that debilitating grief is the source of most of Isabelle's problems. The book doesn't do enough to show how incredibly destructive Isabelle's bulimia is, but the message that nobody's life is perfect still comes through very clearly.

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crystal_M
Aug 19, 2013

The cover of this book grabbed by attention because it’s bright pink & after I read the summary on the back, I just had to read it. Ape-Face, otherwise known as April, or Isabelle Lee's 10-year-old sister, catches Isabelle in the midst of making herself throw up. She tells her mother, who then enrolls Isabelle in group therapy for eating disorders. Isabelle's thoughts are always on the death of her father and her frustrations with her mother's insistence on keeping these painful thoughts on the inside. In therapy, Isabelle is surprised to be joined by Ashley, the most popular girl at school -- of course everyone thinks she has it all. They bond over their bingeing/purging and start socializing together outside of group therapy. In PERFECT, the author Natasha Friend has created a character that will make readers cry and cheer as she struggles and then slowly faces her problems. These problems reflect her mother's inability to accept the father's death, her sister's desperate need to talk about him, a new relationship with the most popular girl at school, and most of all, her own sadness she's repressing in damaging ways. Readers may not have the same problems as Isabelle, but watching her ability to face them and move on will be inspiring. With its realistic dialogue, difficult moments of self-discovery, and harsh critique of relationships, Perfect is a very quick yet unforgettable read. The graphic nature of this book may make it hard for some young teens to read alone. I would recommend this book to anyone who has issues with their body, it’s a great & emotional read.

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Blue_Fox_4
Apr 11, 2013

Throughout the book, I kept waiting for the storyline to get better, but it never did. Just the same sob stories repeated, and the ending was too predictable.

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blue_dog_6655
Jan 18, 2013

I love this book socks

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sunflowerrr
Dec 08, 2012

Really good!

MrDrProfessorPatrick Aug 08, 2012

A "Perfect" book for young teens learning about or experiencing eating disorders. The quirky, emotional story line puts it into easy perspective and explains "why" very well. It does still kind of skip around some of the raw, grimy facts of what it's like to be bulimic, but it does cover the general disorder very well.

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dixiedog
Jul 21, 2012

‘Perfect’ was a great book to read and I recommend it to my friends. Doctor-at-Bass -2! M. A.

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shuny Jul 20, 2012

I laugh, I love, I hope, I try, I hurt, I need, I fear, I cry. And I know you do the same things too, So we're really not that different, me and you.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 11, 2012

“Hey, God made us sexual creatures. If he wanted teenagers to wait that long, he would have made puberty start at twenty-five.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 11, 2012

“No matter what those sex-ed teachers say about how great condoms are, there's not a condom in the world to protect you from heartbreak.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 11, 2012

“When you see a small change in your life it means its a huge change in personality and your trait”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 11, 2012

“I want to keep sleeping, but the sun outside my window has other ideas: First blind her. Then jab her eyeballs with scorching-hot daggers.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 11, 2012

“When you believe in something, stand up for it, even if everyone is sitting.”

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Ólive Jul 16, 2012

In therapy, Isabelle is surprised to be joined by Ashley, the most popular girl at school -- of course everyone thinks she has it all. They bond over their bingeing/purging and start socializing together outside of group therapy. Ashley invites Isabelle to sit with her at the "popular" table at lunch.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 11, 2012

Ape-Face, otherwise known as April, or Isabelle Lee's 10-year-old sister, catches Isabelle in the midst of making herself throw up. She tells her mother, who then enrolls Isabelle in group therapy for eating disorders. Isabelle's thoughts are always on the death of her father and her frustrations with her mother's insistence on keeping these painful thoughts on the inside. In therapy, Isabelle is surprised to be joined by Ashley, the most popular girl at school -- of course everyone thinks she has it all. They bond over their bingeing/purging and start socializing together outside of group therapy. Ashley invites Isabelle to sit with her at the "popular" table at lunch.

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