Perfect by Cecelia Ahern Book Review

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…

Jean xoxo

*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.

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  1. April 7, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Currently not reading any books (wish I had more time) but this one sounds interesting. Also sounds like it could take a while with it being over 400 pages!

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 7, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      Yeah it’s quite long but quite an easy read so doesn’t seem to take too long!

  2. April 7, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    I love the chapter one quote, the person you should be and the one you really are. So true! I have never read anything by this author but I want to! This sounds like a good read!

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 7, 2017 / 6:30 pm

      Would definitely recommend it!

  3. April 7, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    I think reading a book is a commitment, especially when it’s about time. I need to put more time to read a book which I don’t do currently but I like to pick a good recommendation about the book. I like your recommendation, the book sounds interesting along with the lovely quotes.

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 7, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      You’re so right, you need the time to read a good book. I would definitely recommend it.

  4. April 7, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    This sounds so up my alley! I love dystopian type books. I need to check out the first one like ASAP.

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 7, 2017 / 11:38 pm

      You should! Let me know what you think 🙂

  5. Journa Ramirez
    April 8, 2017 / 2:25 am

    I love reading books – it makes me feel that I’m in a strange new experience, depending on the content! This looks interesting. I need to check this out, and the sequel too!

  6. Theresa
    April 8, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    I used to have a perfectionist complex, and then I became a mom, haha. This book looks like a good read.

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 8, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      Haha! Yeah it was 🙂

  7. April 8, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    I love this author. I read her previous books. Thank you i will look out for this one xx

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 8, 2017 / 1:19 pm

      She’s great isn’t she!

  8. Kim
    April 8, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    I definitely agree about your judgement being clouded. That happens to the best of us! I’ve been there!

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 8, 2017 / 1:19 pm

      For sure!

  9. April 8, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    My stepdaughter is into another book series but this sounds totally up her alley so will purchase Flawed when she is done with her current trilogy. It is hard to give enough detail to entice readers without giving anything away, but you walked that line as a reviewer flawlessly!

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 8, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      Ahhh that’s great, I’m sure she will love it! That’s really kind of you to say, it’s my first ever book review so I was a bit worried about getting it right!

  10. April 9, 2017 / 1:59 am

    This sounds like an interesting one. I’ll have to check it out! I’ve been reading Amy Poehler’s book here and there as of late. Finding it a humorous break to read!

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 9, 2017 / 10:11 am

      Oh ok, sounds like a fab book!

  11. April 9, 2017 / 3:14 am

    It sounds like a lovely book to read especially if you love novels like this one. I think it’s something that my daughter will appreciate. I’d love to recommend it to her, it could be a stress reliever while she’s out in college.

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 9, 2017 / 10:10 am

      Yeah I’m sure your daughter would enjoy it and it would be a great distraction.

  12. Tereza
    April 9, 2017 / 5:21 am

    I’ve heard so much about this book lately – glad you enjoyed it! Might pick it up at the airport when we’re going on holiday! By the way – I love reading but I always prefer when books are split into sections like this one, makes it much easier 😉

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 9, 2017 / 10:10 am

      It would be a great holiday read! Yeah it definitely does.

  13. April 9, 2017 / 6:55 am

    I’m intrigued just from the cover of the book alone. Like you I’ve seen P.S. I Love You the movie, but haven’t read any of Ahern’s books. I might have to pick up a few since she seems to have a diverse list of titles.

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 9, 2017 / 10:09 am

      Yeah she’s written a range of different books!

  14. April 9, 2017 / 6:57 am

    I’m not one to read young adult novels, but this one does sound very interesting and filled with lots of juicy drama. I haven’t read an of Ahern’s books though I’ve heard great things from friends who have. I’m still trying to finish the Wangs vs the World.

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 9, 2017 / 10:08 am

      It is a good read. Ah what’s that book like?

  15. Jeanine
    April 9, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    I am heading away for a weekend very soon and am looking for some books to add to my reading list while I am away. This sounds like it may be worth checking out for that trip!

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 9, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Yeah that sounds like a plan! Enjoy your weekend away x

  16. April 9, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    This looks like a great read! I definitely need to get something on my nightstand as I’m currently not reading anything.

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 9, 2017 / 11:31 pm

      It was! Would recommend 🙂

  17. April 10, 2017 / 1:25 am

    This sounds like a good read. I need to make more time to fit books into my life again. I love to read.

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 10, 2017 / 8:20 am

      It’s definitely important to make and find the time!

  18. Brittany
    April 10, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    I absolutely love a good series! I can’t wait to check out the first one and then follow up with this!

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 10, 2017 / 3:55 pm

      I would love to read the first one too! Let me know what you think x

  19. April 11, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    The plot of this book seems really engaging. I’m definitely going to have to add this one to my reading list.

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 11, 2017 / 3:05 pm

      It’s a fab read x

  20. Veronica
    April 12, 2017 / 7:56 am

    Seriously, I don’t want to judge the book by its cover, but as a photographer I just did! The photo is just amazing!
    Loved your review and now I want to read the book too.

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      April 12, 2017 / 8:16 am

      Ahh so glad you enjoyed it! You should check it out. I love how the picture has that effect, pretty clever really.