Author: Sara Shepard
Genre: Young Adult - Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: October 2nd, 2014
Published by: Hot Key Books
Give me a Sara Shepard book and I'll tell you a thousand amazing things about it. So when I saw The Perfectionists on Twitter, I went right to Amazon and pre-ordered. And the day it arrived, I read the WHOLE THING in a few hours. So, if that doesn't tell you how much I loved it, I'm not sure what will!
Nolan Hotchkiss is your answer to everything egotistical and idolized for all the wrong reasons at Beacon Heights High. He's loved for reasons he shouldn't be, from bullying students to sending explicit pictures of girls to his friends. It's for those reasons and so many more that Mackenzie, Ava, Caitlin, Parker and Julie, hate Nolan Hotchkiss more than life itself. Nolan is pretty much the only thing that glues them all together if they weren't friends before, so when they're paired together for a project, they plan his "hypothetical" and completely imagined murder as a talking subject.
So when Nolan actually is murdered, exactly like they planned down to the small details, they're all struggling to take the spotlight off themselves from the Cops when they come knocking. Now these five girls that couldn't have more complicated personal lives if they tried, have another thing to add to their list: get away with the murder they never committed. Even if all the evidence points to them.
I thought I loved Pretty Little Liars the most of all Sara Shepard's novels - now, I am totally torn. The Perfectionists, whilst giving me that Little-Liar feel, is in a completely different world of secrets, lies and suspects. There's no "-A" but there is a killer - one that is determined to pin everything on the five girls who didn't even commit the murder - a sneaky, but not completely undetectable killer. It left on a pretty heart-racing cliffhanger that totally knocked the killer I thought was framing the girls, off the radar.
Overall, The Perfectionists is a compelling, electrifying and chaos-filled read that took my breath away. I loved the girls' friendships and how Sara wrote the strong, female characters realistically. It's part of what makes me love her writing, that no character is flawless, alike real life, we all have our flaws. I can't wait to see what book two has in store for all the readers and how everyone else will adore it. You MUST add this to your to-read immediately - you won't regret it.
It's got to be the beginning of the book - the calm before the almighty storm - the part that reeled me in!
YA Contemporary/Mystery/Thriller readers to Adult readers alike. If you loved Pretty Little Liars, you'll love this no doubt.