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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...
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...
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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?

  • From the book

    Cara Sierra Sykes



    do you define a word without

    concrete meaning? To each

    his own, the saying goes, so


    push to attain an ideal

    state of being that no two

    random people will agree is


    you want to be? Faultless.

    Finished. Incomparable. People

    can never be these, and anyway,


    did creating a flawless facade

    become a more vital goal

    than learning to love the person


    lives inside your skin?

    The outside belongs to others.

    Only you should decide for you--


    is perfect.


    I’ve lived with the pretense

    of perfection for seventeen

    years. Give my room a cursory

    inspection, you’d think I have OCD.

    But it’s only habit and not

    obsession that keeps it all orderly.

    Of course, I don’t want to give

    the impression that it’s all up to me.

    Most of the heavy labor is done by

    our housekeeper, Gwen. She’s an

    imposing woman, not at all the type

    that most men would find attractive.

    Not even Conner, which is the point.

    My twin has a taste for older

    women. Before he got himself

    locked away, he chased after more

    than one. I should have told sooner

    about the one he caught, the one

    I happened to overhear him with,

    having a little afternoon fun.

    Okay, I know a psychologist

    would say, strictly speaking,

    he was prey, not predator.

    And in a way, I can’t really

    blame him. Emily is simply

    stunning. Conner wasn’t the only

    one who used to watch her go

    running by our house every

    morning. But, hello, she was

    his teacher. That fact alone

    should have been enough warning

    that things would not turn out well.

    I never would have expected

    Conner to attempt the coward’s way

    out, though. Some consider suicide

    an act of honor. I seriously don’t agree.

    But even if it were, you’d have to

    actually die. All Conner did was

    stain Mom’s new white Berber

    carpet. They’re replacing it now.

    Mom Stands There Watching

    The men work, laying mint

    green carpeting over clean beige

    padding. Thick. Lush. Camouflage.

    I sit on the top stair, unseen.

    Invisible. Silent. I might as well

    not even be here at all. And

    that’s all right. At least I don’t

    have to worry that she will focus

    her anger on me. Instead she blasts

    it toward the carpet guys. Idiots!

    You’re scratching the patina!

    Her hiss is like a cobra’s spit.

    I might want to expose that wood

    one day. I can’t if it’s marred.

    But she never will. That oak

    has been irreparably scarred

    by gunpowder-tainted

    blood. And even more by

    the intent behind the bullet.

    Sprawled on the floor,

    Conner wanted to die.

    Mom and Dad don’t think

    so. In fact, for once they agree

    on something besides how bad

    their stock portfolios looked

    last year. Both of them believe

    Conner only wanted attention.

    But he was way past hoping

    for that, at least the positive

    kind. No, Conner was tired

    of the pressure. Sick of trying

    to find the equation that would

    lighten the weight of expectations

    not his own. Listening to Mom

    tell skilled laborers how to do

    their job is...

About the Author-
  • Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Tilt, and Smoke, as well as the adult novels Triangles and Collateral. 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 and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsYA. For more information on Ventana Sierra, go to
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