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Perfect

Friend, Natasha (eBook - 2004)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Friend, Natasha, 1972-
Title: Perfect
[electronic resource]
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Milkweed Editions, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 172 p
Statement of Responsibility: Natasha Friend
Additional Contributors: ebrary
Alternate Title: Public Library Complete
ISBN: 1571316523
Branch Call Number: Electronic Book
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary, 2009. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ebrary affiliated libraries
Subject Headings: Bulimia Fiction Teenagers and death Fiction
Genre/Form: Electronic books
Topical Term: Bulimia
Teenagers and death
LCCN: 2004006371
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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.

Apr 11, 2013
  • Blue_Fox_4 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 08, 2012
  • sunflowerrr rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Really good!

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.

Jul 21, 2012
  • dixiedog rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 20, 2012
  • shuny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is very interesting. i love it. This book tought me alot. happy to have the life i have because she goes through so much. Sad of the death of her father

Jul 16, 2012
  • Blue_Dog_4514 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book was so sadi can read this book like every time and i realy like it.i am so lucky i dont have a life like her its kind of sad what she goes threw.do u guys have the same life as her.if you do then i feel sad for u.to u people;all the hugs i can give u.

Jul 16, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

sad

Jul 16, 2012
  • LOVELYCUTE55 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is perfect and many teenagers can actually relate to this book ^.^

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Jul 16, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 21, 2011
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Jul 16, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 11, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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Jul 20, 2012
  • shuny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.”

Jun 11, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 11, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“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.”

Jun 11, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 11, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“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.”

Jun 11, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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