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The Perfectionists

The Perfectionists

Written by Sara Shepard

Narrated by Cassandra Morris


The Perfectionists

Written by Sara Shepard

Narrated by Cassandra Morris

ratings:
4/5 (24 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Oct 7, 2014
ISBN:
9780062329370
Format:
Audiobook

Description

In Beacon Heights, Washington, five high school seniors know that you don't have to be good to be perfect.

Musical genius Mackenzie is desperate to get into Juilliard, even if it means playing a duet with her best friend's boyfriend. Beautiful Ava isn't above using her assets to get an A. Athletic Caitlin is one goal away from a soccer scholarship — if she can call a time-out on her relationship drama. Popular Julie has it all — literally, thanks to her hoarder mom — and will do anything to keep her family's secret. And former It Girl Parker is experimenting with her wild side.

The five girls think they have nothing in common, until they discover they all hate the same person: rich, entitled Nolan, who's done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect murder — a hypothetical murder, of course. It's all wishful thinking...until they wake up one morning to find that their wish came true. Nolan was killed — in exactly the way they planned. The thing is, they didn't do it. So who did?

Suddenly the girls are the prime suspects in the murder. And they need to find the real killer before their perfect lives are ended — for good.

A HarperAudio production.

Publisher:
Released:
Oct 7, 2014
ISBN:
9780062329370
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Sara Shepard is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, as well as the series The Perfectionists. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA from Brooklyn College.

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  • (4/5)
    Lots of characters to keep up with made it a bit difficult at the beginning of the book. Some parts were a little drawn out.
  • (5/5)
    Julie, Parker, Caitlin, Ava and Mackenzie all have there reasons for wanting Nolan Hotchkiss dead, he was a bully, a narcissist, a liar, thief, manipulator and all around perv. When the subject of the perfect murder arises during a group discussion they all agree Nolan is the one they would target given the chance. They plan it all out, down to the tiniest detail. However when Nolan ends up dead and the police call foul play they are all stunned. It was hypothetical. None of them would ever really kill someone. Right? In order to clear their names they start searching for the real killer. But a guy like Nolan has a lot of enemies and whose to say the killer isn't one of them? I LOVED this book, yes it's like Pretty Little Liar, I can't deny that but there's a reason people love PLL so much. It's more addictive than cocaine. I joke with my sister that we'll be the little old ladies in the nursing home watching PPL hoping that "A" is revealed before one of us dies. This book has all the nuts and bolts that made PPL, friendships, secrets, betrayal, loyalty, loss, mystery, murder and cliff hangers galore. I think it took me maybe three hours to read this book, start to finish, I couldn't put it down for more than a couple minutes, all five girls are so unique and have their own personalities, problems and ultimately their own motive. The only thing I would've liked to see was maybe a chapter from Nolan's point of view, we see who he was on the outside and how others perceived him (and don't get me wrong I doubt I would ever like him as a person) but I would have a liked just a couple pages told from his view point. I walked into this book thinking it was a stand alone novel... At the end I was physically and emotionally distraught. It was so good and I just wanted the ending. The shocking, surprising, ending! As long as you are prepared for the fact that it will probably be a decade and a half before this series is over than go ahead and pick it up but if you want an open and shut mystery this book is not for you. Until next time, Ginger In compliance with FTC guidelines I am disclosing that this book was given to me for free to review. My review is my honest opinion.
  • (3/5)
    Perhaps since this is being written as a companion to a new show for CW, the characters come at us fast and furious in this new novel. Many comparisons can be made to Shepard's other series, it definitely follows a similar track, with these well to do girls living in a wealthy suburb of Seattle called Beacon Heights. The story is slowly revealed via the five points of view, chapter by chapter. These girls are in fierce competition, and not necessarily friends with each other. Attaining both high school accolades and the upcoming college tryouts and auditions will be at risk if they don't work together.
  • (2/5)

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    It's a little hard to get into a book when the author throws 20 characters at me within the first couple of chapters. What makes it worse? Rotten character development. While each girl had their unique and interesting story, they did not have unique voices, making the story feel 'told', rather than 'experienced'.
    About 3/4 of the way through, I was finally engaged in the story line, and then... Bam! The book was over with not just a cliffhanger, but with no resolution to any bit of the story.
    The single reason for not 1-starring The Perfectionists? The mystery was plotted out in an interesting way. It is just too bad that I will never know how it ends since I will not be reading any further in this series.

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  • (5/5)
    Really, really similar to Pretty Little Liars...but, hey, I loved those books too! Entertaining.