I was very kindly sent this book to read and share my thoughts*. Whilst I love to read, I barely find the time. In my crazy hectic life, the only time I really get chance to read a book from cover to cover is whilst lazing around on a sun-bed whilst on holiday (usually with a cheeky cocktail in hand). However, I wanted to start reading this book as soon as it came through my post box, so was eager to get started.
‘Perfect’ by Cecelia Ahern is the sequel to the book ‘Flawed’ , which is available here on Amazon if you fancy checking it out. ‘Flawed’ was the bestselling young adult debut of 2016. Whilst I hadn’t read ‘Flawed’ before reading ‘Perfect’, that didn’t stop me from understanding and really getting into the book. However, I would like to read ‘Flawed’ in the not too distant future, largely because I enjoyed ‘Perfect’ so much.
You may know Cecelia Ahern from her previous books ‘PS, I Love you’, ‘Where Rainbows End’, ‘If You Could See Me Now’, ‘A Place Called Here’, ‘Thanks for the Memories’, ‘The Gift’ and ‘The Book of Tomorrow’. Whilst I have seen the film adaptation of ‘PS, I Love You’ (and love it!), I’m yet to read the book so would definitely like to get my hands on that one. Her other books will definitely be going on my reading list for the rest of this year too.
Want to know a bit more about the book? Check out the short trailer here.
As you can see from the clip, it’s got thrills, it’s got shocks, and of course it’s got a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. The main character in this story is called Celestine North. She broke a rule in the previous book ‘Flawed’ and this has changed her life completely. ‘Perfect’ shows how she has lost her freedom, is seen as a threat to the public, and is on the run. In the story, there are very few people she can trust, apart from an attractive man called Carrick. Celestine has a secret that could end the whole Flawed system. The book explores if she will she save herself, or risk her life to save her fellow “flawed” people. We all wish we were perfect, and in modern-day society it is expected of us. However, it isn’t until we embrace our flaws that we truly can be, and the book really focuses on this. It’s full of twists, turns, a variety of characters with their own stories, and it’s definitely a book that you’d class as a “page turner”.
Whilst this book is just over 400 pages, I love how it is broken down into 3 parts, and within that a whopping 84 chapters. Whilst this seems like a lot, I actually really loved this. This was because when I only had the time to read a small part of the book, I knew it wouldn’t take me very long to get to the end of the chapter. I prefer to read in small chunks if I can and this book really allowed me to do this.
I really like the look and the feel of the book. The front cover is enticing and makes you want to read the book and find out what the story is all about. The ‘F’ branding below is seen throughout the book and the chapter numbers are shown in a similar way. I received a hard back copy of the book and would definitely recommend it, the quality is fab. However, I would also like to get this book on the Kindle app on my phone, for easy reading on the go when I don’t have room for the book in my bag.
The book is full of quotes, and the below quote pops up a couple of times. I love how this book makes you question life, society and how people are treated. It’s definitely more than your typical kind of book.
So what does it mean to be perfect? The book states this:
So do you think you are perfect, or are you full of flaws? You can find out by taking the special quiz associated with the book here. These are my results:
As you can see, I ended up being 40% flawed! I’m definitely not perfect, so this was no surprise to me! I always try to do the right thing, but when other people’s feelings and lives are involved, your judgement can be clouded somewhat. Like most people, I would like to be a little more perfect, but if we were all perfect, the world would be a very boring place! So what results did you get? I would love to know in the comments below!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a big reader, but it is definitely one of my aims to read more this year (I even stated it in my post This Time Next Year done back in January), and this book has inspired me to do so. It’s easy to read, is well written, and it allows you to escape your own life for a while to read about someone else’s. You can buy the book from Amazon here, and it is released on the 6th April.
So what book are you reading at the moment? Do you think you might check this book out? Let me know in the comments.
Until next time…
*Whilst I was very kindly sent this book free of charge, all opinions are my own. I would never share something I don’t completely love myself.