Jen Larsen, author of the critically acclaimed memoir Stranger Here and a subject of the Oprah Winfrey Network TV show In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod, tells a liberating story of hard-won self-acceptance—a tale of one girl, who knows that weight is just a number, and that no one is completely perfect.
This is a distinct, complex debut from a new voice in YA with an unforgettable main character whose doubts and insecurities will resonate with readers, and shed light on the dangers of taking on others' expectations instead of your own.
Underscored by a fierce intelligence and a dry, disarming wit, Future Perfect will satisfy fans of such authors as Maureen Johnson.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Jen Larsen is the author of the widely acclaimed adult memoir Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head, which chronicles her own real-life journey with weight-loss surgery. This is her first work of fiction.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Despite a few flaws, overall this book is fantastic! Five out of five stars. Future Perfect provides not only an interesting, unique story with well rounded and downright cool characters, but it brings to light many important issues facing society today, including body shaming, sexism, homophobia/transphobia, and racism. While occasionally Larsen's highlight of these issues takes away from the story itself, I believe that their inclusion is more important than a smooth or uninterrupted read. Thought provoking stories such as this one are becoming more and more important, especially considering society's emerging indifference to a need for change. I strongly believe that this book will leave readers with something to ponder for years to come!
3.5 stars (liked it a lot) Posted on: Brandi Breathes Books Blog Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy) for free. I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free. I wanted to read Future Perfect because the premise. Her grandmother offers big incentives to try to get Ashley to lose weight, and a college ride, this year's offer, is extremely hard to pass up. But Ashley is okay with how she looks, she knows she is bigger than the average person, but she is smart, funny, and motivated, and she wants that to be enough. I am a larger person, and I do not have near the confidence and acceptance of my body as Ashley does. And I think that is a beautiful message-- weight just being a number, and really accepting that what makes you who you are is on the inside, your personality, and your drive in life, and she doesn't want to let what is on the outside, her size 20 to define her. But she faces pressure from all sides, her friends, teachers, her grandma to accept this. She understands they are just trying to help, but that is a hard thing when no one seems to be able to just let it go, and love her for who she is, not what she looks like. I liked how she was strong, and put on her brave face. Ashley surrounded herself with her friends, and family, and she is able to stay pretty confident about who she is. She is a people pleaser when it comes to her grandmother, and it turns out that she feels obligation to her because of how much she has done for her dad, her and her brothers. I appreciate that at one point, she tried to see it from her grandma's point of view as well as how it might change her health and future. But she realized a lot about herself, and that it is okay for her to stand up for it. The premise played out well, and I liked how the romance wasn't the main thing. She does have a boyfriend, and I appreciate that he didn't seem to care about her size, rather who she is and her personality. Rather, her friendships and family as well as her college dreams and decision about her birthday proposition. While it dealt with some heavy issues, it didn't get bogged down. It was all about the characters and their development. The ending was well done, and I liked the way Ashley made decisions for her best future. Bottom Line: Good one on body image.
Future Perfect was unlike anything I had ever read before. The story follows a girl named Ashley who is considered overweight, though that doesn't define her. She is valedictorian at her school and is on track to go to Harvard, so she has a lot going for her. She also has a boyfriend named Hector and the two of them are very cute together. However, every year on her birthday, Ashley's grandmother offers her a huge present in return for her losing some weight. One year she was even offered a car. This year, she is told that she could get full tuition to Harvard for four years (which she is in dire need of) if she gets weight loss surgery. News of this spreads around the school and the book is basically her deciding if she should do it or not. I really liked Ashley as a character. I think my favorite thing was that Ashley was very smart and realized that she was more than what she looked like, so I found her to be a very awesome person because of that. I liked her friends too; they were pretty sweet. I also really liked Hector. That being said, I absolutely hated her grandmother. It's cruel to bribe people to lose weight like that and it's just such a turn away because I'd never want someone in my life who acted like that. In the end, I found this book to be pretty enjoyable. I'm excited to read more by Jen in the future!