Perfect & Winter Garden

Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there.

Cara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother Conner spiraling toward suicide. For her, perfect means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body—no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. To score his perfect home run—on the field and off—Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never have understood.

Everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go? What would you give up to be perfect?

I have talked a lot about Ellen Hopkins before and I have read everything she has written, so when I found out her new book was out….I grabbed it quick! Perfect is like all the others, she writes in a poem style and even makes her words form shapes on the page. Her style isn’t hard to get into at all, it seems just perfect (no pun intended)! I still think that none of these books are quite “Teen” books if you know what I mean but that makes it all more perfect for us grown ups who love her too. I really loved this book and like always I am always sad to see the last page come, getting back into the next book I pick is always hard when they follow Ellen Hopkins! Here is a example of her writing…….

But if something more heartwrencing is what you are in the mood for then lets take a complete 180′ as I tell you about Winter Garden …………..

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard; the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. As children, the only connection between them was the Russian fairy tale Anya sometimes told the girls at night. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise from the women in his life: the fairy tale will be told one last time—and all the way to the end. Thus begins an unexpected journey into the truth of Anya’s life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago. Alternating between the past and present, Meredith and Nina will finally hear the singular, harrowing story of their mother’s life, and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are.

I was listening to this book on audio on my drive to and from work and then last night when it was nearing the end I had to just sit in my car to finish this wonderful story. Like so many books I read this is based on real history, the real and very awful history of Russia in the 1930s….I felt like I learned something, something I knew nothing about and that was just a added bonus to this wonderful story. This book flashes to and from 1930s Russia and today as this wonderful story about love, family and what people do to survive unfolds! I just LOVED this book, everything about it and maybe I liked it best because I got to listen to someone with a Russian accent read the story but either way this is a book not to be missed!

1 Comment

  1. Becky
    February 21, 2012 / 4:40 pm

    Both of those sound wonderful and I can't wait to read them!!

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