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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,929 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellen Hopkins, Christina Wildson Narrator: Aya Cash, Heather Lind, Aaron Tveit, Tristan Wilds Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781442344945
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New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins makes her Simon & Schuster Audio debut with the young adult novel, Perfect.

Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there.

Cara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother spiraling toward suicide. For her, “perfect” means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body—no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back in order to score his perfect home run—on the field and off. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never understand.

A riveting and startling companion to the bestselling Impulse, Ellen Hopkins’s Perfect exposes the harsh truths about what it takes to grow up—and grow into our own selves. Because everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hopkins sticks to the signature style that has made her books bestsellers, blending verse poetry with controversial topics…to intrigue her fans and recruit new ones.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hopkins addresses teens’ struggle with unrealistic expectations in gut-wrenching free verse.”

    Booklist

  • “At its nucleus, four teenagers are grappling with insecurities that become exacerbated when loved ones turn up the heat…The unrestricted access Hopkins employs is formidable: parents, siblings, love interests, and outliers all thrust frank judgment on the characters. It is how Cara, Sean, Kendra, and Andre react that encourages readers’ emotional attachments. Her writing conveys teenage quandaries with all of the intended consequences, as the verse style only serves to shock as the events unfold.”

    Voya

  • “This companion to Impulse can stand alone, but packs considerably more punch when read contiguously as intended…Hopkins’s legions of fans will no doubt devour Perfect and welcome the return of the characters they learned to love in Impulse.

    School Library Journal

  • “This page-turner pulls no emotional punches.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Wilson | 2/8/2014

    " I enjoy Ellen Hopkins books and I enjoyed this one. I thought it was longer than it needed to be, but Ms. Hopkins really wants her readers to get inside the heads of her characters, she does succeed in doing so. it's the story of several teens in their last year of high school and the problems they face. In the end, a tragedy seems to teach them all thay life is worth living despite all the roadblocks thrown your way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/21/2014

    " I give this 4 stars. I love the way Ellen Hopkins writes. The eating disorder part isn't near how it really is. The main character doesn't show too much about himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katelyn | 1/21/2014

    " Perfect...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cali | 1/11/2014

    " It was okay. Not nearly as good as Crank, as I've realised none of the Hopkins books are. Still worth the read and some very pretty poems in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geeta Sharma | 1/10/2014

    " Gorgeously written. One of my favourite's by her- each and every different character in the story was unique and relateable- there wasn't a single moment where i didn't want to read one person's story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/6/2014

    " The intensity of each character's story and the way the flipped from one to the other kept me reading. I like the way they were all brought together at the end, but I really would have liked more of a resolution for each one of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole | 12/8/2013

    " Excellent read. Thought it ended a bit too soon though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 11/17/2013

    " It was amazing-hopefully I'll be able to write poetry like this someday....it was beautiful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lakota | 10/30/2013

    " Incredible! I am reading "Impulse" now. New favortie author. She so "gets" the teenage years. Thank you Ellen, for your insight and wisdom and CARING for our teens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Savannah | 10/18/2013

    " Like all of Hopkins' novels, "Perfect" is heart-wrenching in the most beautiful way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan Geiogue | 10/15/2013

    " This book showed me its important to be you. It was truly a work of art woven into the verses and stanzas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Verena | 9/10/2013

    " Liked the verse form, very unique (to me). Received the book as a gift and it is definitely sth I'll have my kids read when they get older. Also a bit of an eye-opener for parents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dylan | 8/11/2013

    " This might be Ellen's best book to date...seriously...wow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Rockman | 3/10/2013

    " This is by far my favorite Ellen Hopkins novel. Not only could I really relate to many of the characters, but the issues in the book are more relatable to the everyday teenager. I would highly reccomend this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madison Hite | 10/26/2012

    " 4 1/2 stars. Really loved the second Impulse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan Yates | 5/19/2012

    " This is probably my least favorite book by Ellen Hopkins. It was okay, but it wasn't a real page turner for me like her other books were. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 4/30/2012

    " This book is beautifully tough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs_Ruigrok Ruigrok | 3/9/2012

    " this book is a must read for teens and pre-teens (male and female) as well as their parents and educators. It sends an important message and shows how harmful striving for perfection can be. It is a good reminder for all of us, as we live in a world where there is so much pressure to be perfect..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 10/22/2011

    " Ellen Hopkins always takes on the tough issues: anorexia, suicide, steroids, rape, and homosexuality.

    Read if you like edgy.
    Read if you like poetry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/17/2011

    " Wow. Ellen Hopkins did it again. I fell in love with her after reading Identical.

    Ellen Hopkins is an amazing author. Love her style.

    This is a MUST READ. 5 STARS! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlyn | 10/14/2011

    " This book is just plainly amazing. It really taught me how the word "perfect" can be interperted in many different ways- even in the same town. It really all depends on how you grew up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashlee | 10/12/2011

    " It was incredible. For one, it ties back to Impulse beautifully and you see a whole new side to Cara, not just the 'ice queen' Connor sees. It showed who the strongest people you know could really be and that perfect is relative. No one is really perfect to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drea | 10/10/2011

    " more like 4.5. One of the best Hopkin's books that I've read. "

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About the Author
Author Ellen HopkinsEllen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven young adult novels, as well as the adult novels Triangles, Collateral, and Love Lies Beneath. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at EllenHopkins.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsLit.
About the Narrators

Aya Cash is an American actress, the daughter of poet and novelist Kim Addonizio and Buddhist teacher Eugene Cash, and the granddaughter of Wimbledon champion Pauline Betz Addie and sportswriter Bob Addie. An alumnus of the San Francisco School of the Arts as well as the University of Minnesota, she has appeared on television series such as Brotherhood, Mercy, and three Law & Order series. Most recently she has appeared in The Newsroom, and Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.

Heather Lind is an actress who has appeared in Boardwalk Empire, Blue Bloods, The Last Day of August, and other films and television programs.