Perfect You

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Kate Brown's life has gone downhill fast. Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and now she acts like Kate's invisible.

And then there's Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, whom Kate acts like she can't stand even though she can't stop thinking about him. When Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him when she's sure she's just ...

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Overview

Kate Brown's life has gone downhill fast. Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and now she acts like Kate's invisible.

And then there's Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, whom Kate acts like she can't stand even though she can't stop thinking about him. When Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him when she's sure she's just his latest conquest.

Kate figures that the only way things will ever stop hurting so much is if she keeps to herself and stops caring about anyone or anything. What she doesn't realize is that while life may not always be perfect, good things can happen — but only if she lets them....

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Amanda MacGregor
Kate's sophomore year is shaping up to be a spectacular mess. Her former best friend is now popular and acts like Kate doesn't even exist. Kate's father suddenly quits his job to pursue his dream, which is to sell Perfect You vitamins at a booth in the mall. His impetuous and irresponsible behavior lands the family in money trouble, so life at home is tense and stressful. To make matters worse, poor Kate is forced to work for her father, spending most of her free hours trapped at the mall, trying to avoid humiliation. At school and at work, she verbally spars with Will, a boy she supposedly can't stand, yet admits to being "reluctantly lust-ridden" for. With her family falling apart and her best friend turning her back on her, the last thing Kate feels she can handle is being made a mockery of by Will, a notorious womanizer. When Kate's critical grandmother moves in, Kate is horrified to see that she often acts quite a bit like her grandma. She's so busy building up walls around her feelings and so set on things turning out terribly that she can't see what is good in her life. Both Kate and Will are excellent characters, and Scott's dialogue is superb. Kate is witty, sarcastic, and stubborn—all wonderful traits that Kate learns can work against her at times. Scott manages to capture the common high school troubles of family issues, dating and friendships without making it all seem too overwhelming. Kate may start out feeling alone, but she ends up with some surprising allies in her corner. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
School Library Journal

Gr 7-10- Kate's father quit his job and is now living his dream by selling infomercial vitamins at a mall kiosk. The teen's college-graduate brother is living on the couch, her mother is working two jobs, and her friend Anna isn't talking to her now that Anna has lost weight and become popular. Making Kate's life completely miserable, her overbearing grandmother has moved in, and Will, the boy Kate tries to pretend she doesn't like because of their contentious history, is constantly making approaches at school and at their mall jobs. When the two start meeting to make out (but otherwise mostly ignore each other), and Anna hints that she might want to be friends again, Kate is more confused than ever about how to get her life back on track. Scott does a good job portraying a teen who is simultaneously self-centered and sympathetic. Kate's confusion and frustration over her lost friendship as well as the possibility of a budding romance are believable. Background regarding the difficult relationship between her mother and grandmother is skillfully woven in, as is the information regarding her long-standing friendship with Anna and her love/hate relationship with Will. Supporting characters are well fleshed out, and the ending, while encouraging, isn't all sunshine and roses, making it believable as well as hopeful.-Natasha Forrester, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416953555
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 293,552
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

ELIZABETH SCOTT grew up in a town so small it didn't even have a post office, though it did boast an impressive cattle population. She's sold hardware and panty hose and had a memorable three-day stint in the dot-com industry, where she learned that she really didn't want a career burning CDs. She lives just outside Washington, D.C., with her husband, and firmly believes you can never own too many books.

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one

Vitamins had ruined my life.

Not that there was much left to ruin, but still.

I know blaming vitamins for my horrible life sounds strange. After all, vitamins are supposed to keep people healthy. Also, they're inanimate objects. But thanks to them I was stuck in the Jackson Center Mall watching my father run around in a bee costume.

I sank into the chair by our cash register as Dad walked up to two women. They looked around when he started talking, searching for a way out. They wouldn't find one. In our section of the mall, there wasn't much around, which was how we could afford our booth.

I watched the women smile and step away, an almost dance I'd seen plenty over the few days I'd worked here. After they left, Dad came over to me, grinning, and said, "Kate, I think I made a sale! Those two women I just talked to said they'd tell their husbands about the reformulated B Buzz! tablets. Isn't that great? Now I think I'll fly -- get it? -- down to the department store and see if I can give samples to people as they walk out."

I handed over the samples -- small plastic bags stamped with the Perfect You logo -- and watched him lurch down the hallway, off balance because of his costume. As soon as he was gone, I got out my history homework.

This was not how I'd pictured my sophomore year. Not that the first half had been wonderful so far, but this was definitely an all-time low.

Four hours and one history chapter later, the mall closed. Dad and I boxed up the extra vitamins he'd been so sure we'd sell, and then I waited while he ran the box back to the storage space we rented from the mall.

"Pretty good day, right?" he said when he got back. The antennae he was wearing bobbed up and down as he talked. "Todd and I sold one bottle of B Buzz! in the morning, and I bet those two women come back tomorrow. Don't you think they will?"

I shrugged, because it was much easier than telling Dad I was sure they wouldn't. It was also easier than mentioning that we owed eighty bucks for the rented bee costume, and that was far more than the amount we'd taken in from the one bottle of vitamins it supposedly sold.

When we got home, Mom was sitting at the kitchen table flipping through the checkbook and frowning. She'd been doing that a lot lately.

"How did it go?" she asked, putting the checkbook down.

I left before she could say anything else, heading back to my room. I took a second to stop in the living room and stand in front of the television though, watching as my brother, Todd, lifted himself up off the sofa long enough to say, "Kate, you freak, move. I'm watching something important."

Last week Todd decided he wanted to be an actor. So far all it meant was that he spent even more time than usual watching television. For a college graduate, he sure was on the fast track to nowhere.

"You can't learn to act watching basketball."

"You can't. I can. Now move."

I started singing and kept it up until he lunged at me.

I have a terrible singing voice, and not in the "I'm saying it's terrible to be modest" kind of way. Last week, when I quit the school choir, the director tried to keep the joy off his face but couldn't quite contain it.

I hadn't cared about that, though. I knew my voice sucked, and quitting was a relief. The only reason I'd stayed as long as I had was because of Anna. All fall I'd suffered through practices, hoping she'd come back. That she'd want to be in choir again. That she'd want to be my friend again.

That maybe she'd at least talk to me again.

In the fall, I thought there was no way life could get any worse.

I was wrong. So very, very wrong.

Almost a month ago, my father got up and went to work at Corpus Software like always, running late because he'd gotten caught up in his latest video game, forgetting about his job in favor of slaying dragons or driving cars or whatever it was that had him obsessed that week.

But then, when he got to work, his desk was broken. Really broken.

It had split right down the middle, and everything breakable -- picture frames with photos of all of us, his coffee mug, and the clay thing my brother made during the two weeks he wanted to be a potter -- was broken.

The one thing that hadn't broken was a small brown glass jar of vitamins. Perfect You vitamins. Dad had bought them from a secretary who was moving out of town and spent her last day at work selling them. He'd only bought them to be nice.

But, long story short, Dad decided that the whole desk-breaking thing was a sign he needed to change his life, and that the unbroken vitamin bottle meant something.

So he quit his job to sell Perfect You vitamins.

Yes, really.

He cashed in his retirement fund, bought box after box of vitamins, and then rented a tiny freestanding booth in the mall. He even hired someone to work with him, but Gary quit last week, after Dad told him he couldn't pay him. That's when I had to quit choir and start working with Dad after school.

So now I had no best friend, and I had a job at the mall selling vitamins with my father.

Life had definitely gotten much worse.

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth Spencer

two

I saw Anna as soon as I got to school the next morning. When Dad dropped me off, she was standing on the sidewalk holding hands with her boyfriend, Sam. She waved in my direction as I walked toward her, and for a second I hoped she was waving at me even though I knew she wasn't. I hated how easy it was for her to act like she'd never known me.

I hated how I still hoped she would notice me.

No one ever asked me why Anna and I weren't friends anymore. I guess everyone automatically understood that when Anna became popular, there was no way she had room in her life for me. Even the Jennifers, three girls I'd tried to be friends with in the fall until I realized they drove me crazy, never asked what happened.

Actually, one person had asked about Anna. Will Miller said, "So what's up with you and Anna?" about a week after school started, but I knew he was just being an ass. Will was like that, one of those guys who was cute and knew it. He'd hooked up with at least half the girls in school, and last year, I swear that every week he made out with a different girl before class. I hadn't liked him since the day I met him.

I tried to avoid him, in fact, but this year he was in my first-period class. It was bad enough I had to start every morning with biology, and Will just made things worse.

For instance, when class was over, we ended up walking into the hall at the same time, and he said, "Hey, what did your frog ever do to you? I saw you hack its legs off."

I sighed. Will always seemed to take some sort of perverse delight in talking to me, but lately he'd been even more annoying about it than usual. "I didn't hack its legs off. My scalpel slipped."

"Wow, promise me you aren't going into medicine."

I glared at him and he grinned, unleashing his dimples. I looked away and saw Anna coming down the hall, walking in the middle of a group of girls we used to make fun of. Two of them waved at Will, and one said, "Any chance we can get you to go shirtless for the next pep rally?"

He shrugged, still grinning, and Anna said, "Think about it, will you?" Her gaze moved over me like I wasn't even there.

I walked away, telling myself I didn't care and wishing I could forget her like she'd forgotten me.

Of course Will caught up to me. "What do you think? Should I do it? I know you've secretly been dying to check me out."

"Right, because if I see your scrawny chest I can die a happy woman." Will actually had a very nice chest. The thing was, he knew that too, because he was always willing to run around shirtless with JHS RULES! painted on him during stupid pep rallies.

"I like that a glimpse of my chest could provide you with the equivalent of a rich and full life."

"The key words in my sentence were 'see your chest' and 'die.' The 'happy' part was me trying to be nice."

"So you say." He unleashed the dimples again, smiling like he knew something, and I felt my face heat up because Will really was cute and I wasn't as immune to him as I wanted to be.

I didn't want him to guess that, though, so I forced myself to look at him. Or at least look at his forehead.

"All right, you caught me. I'm secretly obsessed with you and spend all my free time writing about you in my journal. 'Dear Diary, today Will was an ass for the 467th day in a row. He's so dreamy.'"

He laughed and then leaned in toward me, touching the tip of my nose with his index finger. For some reason, I felt a little breathless. "Are you okay?"

"Aside from you, yes."

Okay, here's the truth. I knew exactly why I felt breathless. I had, let's say, "thoughts" about Will, and not the kind of thoughts I wanted to have, where I was able to forget he existed and also meet an amazing guy who really liked me. No, I had thoughts like me and Will somehow getting trapped in a classroom and Will realizing he wanted me, and I...well, let's just say I had a vivid imagination and leave it at that.

The problem was, I had these thoughts a lot. A LOT.

Will put a hand on my arm. It was very warm, and I stared at his fingers resting against my skin, cursing my overactive brain and reminding myself to breathe.

"Seriously, I'm sorry about everything with Anna."

That snapped me out of any "thoughts" I might have been thinking, and I shoved his hand off and walked away. I hated the way I felt around him, the way I wanted him. I hated that he was the only person who'd ever asked me what happened when Anna and I stopped being friends.

I hated that he was the only person who'd acted like her forgetting me meant something.

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth Spencer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    PERFECT YOU

    The protagonist, Kate Brown, is having a rough year. Her dad decided to quit his job to sell Prefect You infomercial vitamins in the mall, her best friend is too popular to talk to her and Will won't leave her alone. Put all of that together and you have a lethal combination. Kate is struggling with having to work in the mall, for free, with her dad who loves to embarass her. Then, there's also the fact that she can't stop thinking about Will, even though he's out of her league. She also has a college graduate brother that still lives at home and can't get a real job. Can Kate handle what's happening to her family? Can she handle not having a best friend anymore? Or better yet, can she forget about Will? <BR/>With Kate's vivid, swanky attitude and Will's charming wit, this book is defintaly a hit. With each turning page, you will see style and grace in Elizabeth Scott's writing. You feel for Kate as she goes through the trials and tribulations of teen years. You will cry with her as her family starts to fall apart, as well as the relationship with her best friend, Anna. You will root for her to overcome and wish she could have her best friend at her side. And eventually you will figure out Will's intentions. This book is well written and a must read. I highly recommend it.

    22 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2008

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    I Enjoyed It

    This book was not remarkable, but i liked it a lot. I have read it twice and I think I will read it again. I thought it was very clever and well-written. I loved Kate and Will's witty banter and i could relate to her problems with her family. I did not like her relationship with anna though, parts of it seemed very unrealistic to me. But, all in all, I would recomend this book to anyone! it was a very good story!

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    "Vitamins had ruined my life."

    http://scholarberry.blogspot.com/

    Kate Brown's only best friend, Anna turned pretty over the summer. Before, they were both unpopular and knew how to have fun with just the two of them. That was before.
    After the summer that Anna escaped her unpopularity, Kate became the single wallflower who's pretty much clueless.

    What's worse is that Kate's father who had a decent job to be able to support the family, had just quit the job. He just came to his office one day and everything on his desk cracked, except a bottle of Perfect You vitamins. Hence started the man's career to sell vitamins.

    Seriously.

    There's Will (who's not helping either) who always flirts with Kate. Kate's sure that she's just his latest conquest, though. The guy flirts with everyone and although Kate acts like she doesn't care, she actually fantasizes kissing Will.

    Ha. So much for acting uninterested...

    Best friend gone, helping vitamins-maniac dad and boy problem. Hmm...

    http://scholarberry.blogspot.com/

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    AMAZING!!!!!

    This book was one of my favorite books.... i recomend it to any teenage girl who love some romance... you learn something very valuble in this story... it my motto and i live by it everyday of my life! <3

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2009

    AWESOME!!!

    This book was really great. It had the perfect amount of romance I think is decent enough for the teenage mind. Sweet romance and inspiring book.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

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    Annoying Book.

    This book just got on my nerves. The book is about the main character, Kate, just whining about her life. And her like is kinda messed up, but it is far from horrible. And she is so negative and so very, very insecure and pathetic. The book just kept dragging on and on about the same so-called horrible problems over and over again. I mean, my God, why couldn't she just forget Anna, the friend who treated her like dirt, instead of just complaining about how much she missed her. Boo-hoo.
    I don't like this book because I absolutely can't stand whining and that is basically the whole book.

    4 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

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    Boring zzzzZZZZzzzzzzz.....

    This book started out ok, she started falling for a guy, missed her best friend who ditched her for cooler people. OH and her dad quit a good job to fufill his dream of opening a keosk that sells vitamins. All kind of stupid in my eyes butlike i said good till it got to the middle. I guess she ran out of things to do with the charecter and it just kept going on and on with her complaining about her life. all together extremely boring.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Amazing

    This book is amazing as the first time i read it everytime i pick up the book i dont want to put it down lets just say i am gald i found this book the first time at the libary and i would total recmend the book It is amazing!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!!!

    I was really curious on how this would turn out...Will was another piece to Kate's puzzle and when he was gone she was lost... This shows that in life you need to take in on what you have ad be glad, when a guy is in love with you don't let him go!! I would recomend this to teens who are especially lost, it will give you hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and don't give up!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    AMAZING :D

    This is my favorite book in the whole world (: I must say its AMAZING :D Oh, wait, I already said that!(:

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    One of the BEST romance books I have ever read

    I like this book so much, I would read at night when I was supposed to be sleeping. Its one of those books that when you say your going to be done and put the book down,it pulls you right back in. It has just the right amount of romance. I just finished the book last night, I even tried reading slower because I didnt want it to be over, it was that GREAT.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    I like onion dip

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    Lol i likr tiw bok is gud bok

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Boring

    Wast of time

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Great book

    This book was sweet romantic and funny. I love elizabeth scott and sarah dessen.another great book by elizaneth scott is something maybe its rivitin amd beautful

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    can't put it down

    omg i love this book it rocks a must read from me !!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Aaudrey

    Gabby

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    This is by far the worst romance novel I've ever read. Its just

    This is by far the worst romance novel I've ever read. Its just plain depressing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Review?

    The last few comments sounded so much like a review. I question your I.Q. I don't want this book to have low stars just because of this review. I will give it four stars, I have to say, all the reviews that actually gives a summary sounds pretty intresting. I will get a sample and check it out before I buy it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Dean

    Sick much ? How old are you 1 ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    To O period

    Hey im a guy and i can suck u and put my finger in u so r u enjoying ur tampon cuz if u think that feels good just wait until i suck on your nipples hard and on your neck oh god u wont forget that feeling ill give u a huge hickey on your neck so wat do u say reply to dean

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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