Pushing Perfect
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Pushing Perfect


A girl’s quest for perfection results in dangerous consequences in this layered, suspenseful YA novel by the author of Playlist for the Dead.

How far would you go to be perfect?

Kara has the perfect life. She gets perfect grades. She never messes up. Until now. Because perfection is an illusion, and Kara has been struggling to maintain it for as long as she can remember. With so much pressure to succeed, it’s hard not to do whatever it takes.

But when Kara takes a new underground drug to help her ace the SATs, she doesn’t expect to get a text from a blocked sender, telling her to follow a set of mysterious instructions—or risk her dark secret getting out. Soon she finds herself part of a group of teens with secrets of their own, who are all under the thumb of the same anonymous texter. And if they don’t find a way to stop the blackmailer, their perfect futures will go up in flames.

This dark, emotionally resonant contemporary YA novel is perfect for fans of We Were Liars and The Secret History.

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  • Sarah
    Sep 27, 2016

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “Want me to erase these?I’ll need a favor. Or two.” This was a conte...

  • Karina
    Nov 06, 2016

    *Thank you very much HarperCollins International for providing me an eARC in exchange of an honest book review. All this pushing for perfection is damaging, you know. The story started with this lin...

  • Reign
    Dec 16, 2016

    3.5 stars Kara has lived her life struggling to be perfect. That's why she always push herself to be one. One petty imperfection needs to be covered. Little misdemeanor needs to be hidden. Which is wh...

  • Stacy Fetters
    Sep 15, 2016

    Received an arc copy from my blogging partner JT. He received it at ALA Orlando 2016. Thanks.I know, shocking. No favorite quote this time. There wasn't a single line from this book that actually sank...

  • Kyra
    May 23, 2016

    A 3.5 actually, but I was feeling generous today so I will round up!!! I liked this book because it's a light and a heavy read at the same time plus it speaks to me on an deep, emotional level (altho...

  • Karen Barber
    Sep 28, 2016

    Kara is determined to be the best she can be. It's never clear whether the pressure placed on her comes from her own ambitions, or those of her parents. However, she has extreme anxiety over spots in ...

  • Karen *The Book Return Blog*
    Oct 30, 2016

    When Kara experiences her first acne outbreak , she believes it is the beginning of her slide away from perfection. She slowly pushes away from her best friends and begins to worry about getting in to...

  • Justine Mejorada
    Jul 10, 2016

    ARC REVIEW I'm still having a hard time believing that just happened. The ending, that is. Oh, specially that ENDING.The ending was really unbelievable for me. It wasn't what I thought it'll be. Can'...

  • Kelly Hager
    Sep 26, 2016

    Kara has been gently teased about her life for basically ever. Dubbed "Perfect Kara," everything about her is...well, you can guess. Until her junior year of high school. Her face breaks out, which le...

  • Lisa (Lost in Literature)
    Oct 24, 2016

    3.5 stars!Kara’s struggle with panic attacks is something quite a few people can relate to. They can get to the point where they are completely debilitating and interfere with everyday activities. F...