The Perfectionists [NOOK Book]

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You don't have to be good to be perfect.

From Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series, comes another series full of juicy secrets, nail-biting suspense, and beautiful girls who will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker are all driven to be perfect—no matter the cost. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they discover that they all hate ...

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The Perfectionists

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Overview

You don't have to be good to be perfect.

From Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series, comes another series full of juicy secrets, nail-biting suspense, and beautiful girls who will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker are all driven to be perfect—no matter the cost. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they discover that they all hate the same person: handsome womanizer Nolan Hotchkiss, who's done things to hurt each of them. They come up with the perfect plan to murder Nolan—jokingly, of course. They'd never actually go through with it. But when Nolan turns up dead in the exact way they'd discussed, the girls suddenly become prime suspects in his murder. Only, they didn't do it. So who did? Unless they find the real killer, and soon, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/15/2014
After several dissimilar girls discover they have suffered at the hands of rich, popular bully Nolan, they drug him at his own party and scrawl mean messages on his face, which they share online. When Nolan is discovered dead the next day, the girls become the central suspects and must work together to figure out what really happened. This scintillating series kickoff from Pretty Little Liars author Shepard employs a similar formula, mixing archetypical girls—the popular one, the musician, etc.—with an array of scandals. A slimy teacher suggestively offers beautiful, brilliant Ava “extra credit,” while soccer star Caitlin becomes attracted to her boyfriend’s younger brother. Meanwhile, police are uncovering clues that further implicate the girls, especially after a second murder occurs in their tony town. There’s a lot going on, and some of it—like a suspicious therapist who seems to have only two teen girls as patients—defies believability, even for an outrageous story. But Shepard expertly crafts characters that are morally complicated, yet sympathetic. An Alloy Entertainment property, in development for a CW television series. Ages 14–up. (Oct.)
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Fans of Pretty Little Liars will line up for this new-but-familiar guilty pleasure.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Praise for THE LYING GAME: “The Lying Game is a stay–up–past–your–bedtime type of thriller…full of amazingly believable plot twists and turns.”
Booklist
“Thoroughly unputdownable. Fans of the author’s Pretty Little Liars series and the Lying Game series won’t be disappointed.”
School Library Journal
08/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Image is everything at Beacon Heights High, where only the best is good enough for the ultracompetitive teens of this affluent Seattle suburb. The highest grades, the chicest clothes, the wildest parties are part and parcel. In this bubble of pressure and privilege, no one is more popular—or more feared—than Nolan Hotchkiss. Cruel and hypnotic, he seems to know everybody's dirty little secret. And everybody seems to have one, including Parker Duvall, Ava Jalali, Caitlin Martell-Lewis, Julie Redding, and Mackenzie Wright. Each girl has her own reason to hate Nolan, and each one has something to hide. When his dead body is discovered with the words "Monster" and "Liar" scrawled in Sharpie on his face, the five emerge as murder suspects. Did they really do it—or are they being framed? Fans of the author's "Pretty Little Liars" series (HarperCollins) will recognize that certain plots (deceit, secrets, murder) and structural elements (chapters rotate among the lead female characters) have been recycled; unfortunately, the new series feels derivative by comparison. An additional purchase, based on the strength of the author's popularity.—Susan Wengler, Saint Dominic Academy, Jersey City, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-06
In a gossipy thriller from the creator of Pretty Little Liars, a prank on a powerful and popular boy turns deadly. At Beacon Heights High in Beacon Heights, Washington, Nolan Hotchkiss reigns supreme. Or at least he did, until a blowout party he hosted ended in his death. At the party, five girls come together to enact a shadowy revenge. The particulars of the girls' plan are revealed slowly—as slowly as anything can be revealed in short chapters littered with plot twists, forbidden kisses and name-dropping fashion descriptions—and readers are kept guessing as to who might be responsible for Nolan's demise. Alongside the Nolan mystery, each girl has her own high-stakes story arc: Mac competes with a frenemy over a boy and a Julliard audition. Julie struggles to hide the truth about her home life. Caitlin develops feelings for her boyfriend's younger brother. Ava struggles to live down rumors spread by the dead boy. Parker starts seeing a therapist with a hidden agenda. The landscape of suburban affluence is described in deliciously shallow detail ("The stone fountain [at a party] was already full of discarded red Solo cups, along with someone's iPhone"). As police investigate Nolan's death and the girls work underground to clear their names, tension rises. The resolution leaves loose ends tantalizingly untied, leaving readers eager for the promised sequel. Suspenseful and juicy. (Suspense. 14-18)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062074515
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Series: Perfectionists Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 19,829
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 806 KB

Meet the Author

Sara Shepard

Sara Shepard is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.

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  • Posted October 18, 2014

    I don't like to compare novels but it's hard not to compare this

    I don't like to compare novels but it's hard not to compare this novel to it's predecessor, Pretty Little Liars. Sara has unknowingly pinned herself as the queen of YA mystery, every book after it has somehow managed to blurb her novel as a comparative book, so it's likely that this book would be compared to the series.

    With that being said, here we go, The Perfectionists is a shiny new version of Pretty Little Liars. It has the same format, pretty girls, mysterious murderer/stalker, and a nerve wracking amount of open-ended, unanswered questions. Yes, ladies and gentleman, you will get no resolution to the mystery whatsoever. It is true to it's Shepard fashion.



    Like Pretty Little Liars, the novel centers around a group of girls with a ton of secrets, and twisty mysterious pasts. Unlike Pretty Little Liars although, these girls lives seem a little bit more dark, a little bit more dramatic--at least for some of the girls.



    There is high school drama, but I never found it too angst-y, or childish like it could have possibly been. I did find myself following along and feeling that edge of your seat nervousness but, I should have known that I would not get the answers I was seeking. Be forewarned, there is a mother of a cliffhanger, meaning there are no tied ends. Those suckers are loose and flailing and probably will do so until the series is complete. My only hope is that I (we) don't have to weed through 20 or so novels before the mystery is solved.



    The romance, because of course there is some, was a tricky, tricky thing. The relationships I thought were solid and true turned out to be a lie. The mushy moments turned brutal and the characters were flailing through life, school, and love. I think I liked this about the book the most. You never knew who you could trust. And, even when you thought you knew, you were wrong.

    That being said, I really enjoyed the novel. It did keep me intrigued and I do have a strong desire to continue the series. I'm definitely interested in finding out what happens next.

    My only comment is this if you are a strong and devoted fan/follower of Pretty Little Liars--you'll more likely than not love this novel. If you were so-so about it and completely up in arms about the number of books in that series, or the unrelenting unanswered questions--this book might tick you off in it's likeness, or it's potential to make you feel the same way you did reading, PLL. I suggest you be prepared for the similarities and enjoy it's differences.

    I've only read two and a half of the Pretty Little Liars novels, I started with the show--but I think I might like this one more.



    Enjoy, darlings.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2014

    Soooo good

    If ur a fan of PLL ull love it its pretty much the same!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2014

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
    Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker all have reason to hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who has wronged every one of them in some way. But when he turns up dead, they are all suddenly suspects, even if they know they didn’t kill him.
    Who killed Nolan? And is someone trying to frame the girls for murder?


    This was an enjoyable story, and it was quite reminiscent of ‘Pretty Little Liars’.

    I liked the characters in this book, even if they made some misguided decisions! I felt really sorry for Caitlin over what had happened to her brother, and what Nolan did to Ava was so mean! Parker seriously had cause for complaint when it came to Nolan, and Mac had also been mistreated by him.
    The girls did make some poor decisions at times though (they obviously haven’t read the pretty little liars series), and seemed to just get in more and more trouble as the book went along!

    The storyline in this was good, and I did enjoy this book. It was quite reminiscent of ‘Pretty Little Liars’, but it wasn’t exactly the same. I did initially find it a bit difficult to keep up with so many different characters, but after a while I got them all straight in my head. I liked the little twists, and at times I even liked the stupid things that the girls did, it certainly livened the story up! The mystery element definitely kept me turning the pages, and I loved the uncertainly over the girls personal lives as well.
    There was some romance, but with 5 girls, not to mention their respective boyfriends and love interests, there were at least 2 love triangles happening in this book!

    The ending to this didn’t really clear much up. Very little was resolved, and we were left with more than one cliff-hanger. I did enjoy this book though, and I really want to read the next book in the series now!
    Overall; an enjoyable and addictive mystery story,
    8 out of 10

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2014

    Poop

    Poop

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    AMAZING

    great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2014

    Sara Shepard is amazing

    This book is actually really good!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    Me

    It Look Like Pretty Little Liars, But Its Not And It Was Better Than I Expected.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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