Reviewed by Avni Gupta (age 15) for Reader Views (6/08)
When I received the book “Perfect Girl,” I was dismayed. How can anyone fit an entire book in only 196 pages? At first, I was afraid to start the book, thinking that I will hate it for being so short. After realizing what I was thinking, however, I smacked myself in the head. I am a bookworm and that means reading anything that I can get my hands on, I thought to myself. After that revelation, I decided to start the book.
Reading the first chapter made me realize that this is just the kind of book that I like to read. It was about a girl, one who is normal and knows it, named Rosie. Things change for her when the new girl, Jenna Wilson, who seems perfect and is instantly liked and admired by all people, including Rosie’s somewhat best friend, and right now crush, Perry. Rosie has to get Perry to notice her as someone more than just a friend before the new girl sinks her claws into him.
I feel like this book will be a good read for any girl who has had a crush on one of her friends, even if it was only momentarily. This book also shows you that family is always going to be there for you, through your mistakes and mishaps, the ups and the downs, and the lives and deaths of those around you. Another thing that is being posed in this book is the importance of forgiveness and finding your true self among the rubble of your old self when it has fallen.
In my mind, I had pictured many different endings for this book. I thought that all of mine were amazing, until I read the end of it. Then I found out that mine were not nearly as good as the ending that Mary Hogan gave her book. It was unexpected yet totally amazing. I felt like it was the only true way to end the book without making the reader feel like they had been cheated and wanting another book to answer all of their questions.
All said and done, I think that “Perfect Girl” should be read by everyone!