Pushing Perfect Review

Title: Pushing Perfect
Author: Michelle Falkoff
Series: Not Applicable
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 25 October 2016
Source: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Rating: 3 Stars
Reading Timeline: 09 April 2017 - 13 April 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:

How far would you go to be perfect?

Kra has the perfect life. She gets perfect grades. She never messes up. Until now. Because perfection is an illusion, and Kara has been struggling to maintain it for as long as she can remember. With so much pressure to succeed, it's hard not to do whoever it takes.

But when Kara takes a new underground drug to help her ace the SATs, she doesn't expect to get a text from a blacked sender, telling her to follow a set of mysterious instructions - or risk her dark secret getting out. Soon she finds herself part of a group of teens with secret of their own, who are all under the thumb of the same anonymous texted. And if they don't find a way to stop the blackmailer, their perfect futures will of up in flames.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

First I would like to say thank to Jonathan Ball Publishers for sending me this book to review. And secondly, this synopsis is was different from the one that I got on my book. Nonetheless, I am still excited to see where this story will take me. I am not known to be a huge fan of contemporaries but I have a feeling that this one might be up my alley. I am ready to see who this anonymous texted is as well as what secrets the other characters in this book have. Please note that in no way has receiving this book affected my opinion. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The pace in this book was slow particularly in the beginning. I am generally a fast reader but it took me an hour to get through less than fifty pages. However as we reached the 100 page mark, the book sped up because more was happening and the main character and her friends actually started to solve the problem that was at hand. I applaud the author for recovering from the slow pace in the beginning of the book.

Plot Thoughts:

There was so much that I didn't like in the beginning of the book. It was almost enough for me to put the book down and never pick it up again. However I decided that I would give the book a chance because it is one that I have received for review. The plot and the problems that were brought forth in the beginning defiantly got better. The plot became clearer and fast paced. The problems that I had faced in the beginning faded away almost immediately once the true plot began to unfold. 

Character Thoughts:

I did not like our main character at all. There were just so many things that I didn't agree with. Kara seemed whiny and spoiled. I was happy that things sort of calmed down once our main character met her new friend Alex. I liked Alex because she was everything our main character wasn't. Which might seem a bit rough but it was true. Alex just spoke to me more than what our main character did.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, the book wasn't too bad. I enjoyed the ending more than the beginning and honestly, I won't be reading this book up any time soon. There were a lot of things that counted towards my negative perception of this book, however there were a few things that redeemed this book. Once again, I would like to thank Jonathan Ball Publishers for sending me this book to review. Whilst I may not have liked it all too much, I am still incredibly grateful to receive this book.

Yours in Reading,



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