Book Review: “The Perfectionist” by Sara Shepard

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‘The Perfectionist” by Sarah Shepard


” Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker are all driven to be perfect—no matter the cost.

At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they discover that they all hate the same person: handsome womanizer Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done things to hurt each of them.

They come up with the perfect plan to murder Nolan—jokingly, of course. They’d never actually go through with it. But when Nolan turns up dead in the exact way they’d discussed, the girls suddenly become prime suspects in his murder.

Only, they didn’t do it.

So who did? Unless they find the real killer, and soon, any one of them may be the next to die….”

Rose-Worthy Features

Right from the beginning, this book had me hooked. It was intense, mysterious and everything good that a mystery book needs. One thing I will say though is that if you plan to read this book make sure you have the WHOLE day to do it. I finished this book in one night! It’s intriguing, jaw-dropping and definitely worth reading.

Now onto the characters, the book follows five girls who all go to a school in Beacon Heights. Now if you were like me and thought “wow even the name of the town sounds prestigious” you’re not wrong. Many of the students are rich, really rich. First, there was Julie, the popular ‘it girl’ who everybody wants to know and wants to be. Julie may seem perfect, but she has her own secrets that she doesn’t want to get out. Next, there’s Julie’s best friend, Parker. Parker used to be very similar to Julie, attractive, outgoing but after an accident, she changes and completely closes herself off. Then there is Caitlin, the star soccer player with an intense competitive gene and an equally intense family life. Now we have Ava, the genius with a difficult love life. Last but not least Mackenzie, probably the character I pity the post. She is a talented musician who is stuck with a toxic best friend and a crush on a guy she can never have. Julie, Parker, Caitlin, Ava and Mackenzie all team up together to get back at a common enemy, Nolan.

As you can probably tell, all the girls were VERY different and I absolutely loved that about this book! I think it made the book more exciting and each chapter different and more engaging. It reminded me a little bit of ‘Sisters of the Traveling Pants’, all the girls different but they still managed to come together. Just add a murder into the mix and boom its almost the same. 

If you adore drama then I can guarantee you will LOVE this book. The drama in this book became sort of ridiculous but in a good way. The end of the book will make your jaw drop. Secrets are revealed, there betrayal and exposures, you’ll definitely love every minute of it.

Thorny Features

            If you have read ‘Pretty Little Liars’ by Sara Shepard then you will probably agree with me about how similar these books are. A group of girls, a prank gone wrong, a murder there are just a LOT of similarities. It didn’t bother me that much and there were some differences but the plot was pretty similar.

Final Thoughts

            Overall, I rate this a 4 out of 5. The characters are interesting and the book was fun to read. If you love ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and books with drama then I can guarantee that you will like this book. Keep in mind that this book is a teenage drama so the problems in this book may sound ridiculous but I found them pretty entertaining. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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