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Perfect. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Perfect Cecilia Ahern

Perfect by Cecilia Ahern

She was once thought of as Perfect. By her boyfriend, by her teachers, by her sister and by her classmates. Then she was branded as Flawed

One of the last things Celestine North’s mom told her to do was run. Run from Bosco Crevan Celestine ran and hiding at her grandfather’s farm put his life in jeopardy and sent him to Highland Castle. So Celestine is on the run again.

She desperately wants to find Carrick, but instead, he finds her. He takes her to a “safe” place, but they both know that being safe and hidden is not what they want. But leaving safety is a tough decision when your face is plastered on every newscast and billboard as a dangerous criminal and there are whistleblowers looking for you everywhere. 

Perfect. A Propensity to Discuss review.

And then there is the issue of trust. The only people she knows with absolute certainty that she can trust are her mom, dad, and sister and she can’t risk her life or theirs to be near them. She is basically on her own, with Carrick by her side, even when small doubts about him trickle in. She has become the face of a very quiet, very hopeful revolution and it is not something she takes lightly. But the thought that she has no one to trust terrifies her, almost as much as Mary May and Bosco Craven do.

Cecilia Ahern has created a Perfect sequel to the unputdownable Flawed (click here for my review of Flawed) I received this book last night and finished it this afternoon. It was also really unputdownable for me. It was so good that I may go back and read both of them again, and I very rarely, if ever, re-read books. There are just too many others to get out there waiting. But this series, to me, is that great!

Flawed and Perfect are absolutely my favorite dystopian story ever. And I love dystopian novels and have read more than my fair share of them. These are not-to-be-missed books!

5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

The Female of the Species. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Female of the Species

I have a confession. You have probably noticed, but here goes. When I find an author that I like, I read everything they have written and will write in the future.

That said, having read and loved A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis, I knew I would have to read her other books. So I just finished The Female of the Species and it did not disappoint.

It has been said that we all have our own demons to face and we can either fight or flee. For the main characters in this story, the demons seem to be close to winning. Close, but not quite victorious.

The Female of the Species. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Alex Craft’s demons rule her life. Her older sister, Anna had always been her protector. She protected Alex from the world and from their alcoholic mother. Alex’s mother saw only her absent father in Alex and poured on to her all the anger that she could not show to her AWOL husband. But Anna was murdered and Alex bears the burden of her death as an albatross around her neck. She talks to no one. She has no friends. She goes to school, comes home, eats, studies, reads, and sleeps and does it again the next day. She has a mere existence, not a life.

Jack’s demons lie in the poverty that his parents can not overcome. He loves them, knows they do everything they can to make life better, but there is just no getting ahead. So leaving this town by way of a college scholarship is the demon that dominates his need to be the best in athletics, in classes, in life. Branley, his best friend since childhood knows everything about him and even though other people come in and out of their lives, Branley is one of the constants in Jack’s life, even when he knows it isn’t for the best.

Peekay’s demons are in her nickname. She is a “PK” or Preacher’s Kid. Peekay has a strong faith but living up to being a PK in a very small town where everyone knows your business is extremely difficult. And when her long-time boyfriend Adam leaves her for Branley, she is back to just being Peekay, having lost the title of Adam’s girlfriend. Her biggest demon is that she doesn’t allow herself to be who she is, just who everyone else needs her to be.

The Female of the Species. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Dark and emotionally challenging with some brutality, but with a lesson in vengeance, forgiveness, and acceptance the story of Alex, Jack and Peekay’s battle against their demons is a book that everyone needs to read. Whatever your own demons, this book shows how cathartic it can be to rid yourself of your demons, even if the cost of doing so is beyond what you can imagine or think you can handle.

When you consider the extreme contrast in setting, characters, and plot between this book and A Madness so Discreet, it is impossible to compare one to the other and to ensure that if you like one of them that you will like the other. However, McGinnis’ writing is quite mesmerizing. “Every day the sun rises and the wind bottle empties and his sits there wondering where his life went wrong until it sets again.” Her writing is beautiful, even when the subject isn’t. This is absolutely an author I will continue to read.


5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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A – Z YA Books that I really like. A propensity to discuss blog post.

A – Z Books for Young Adults that I really like.

Here is a list of A – Z Books for Young Adults that I really like. I hope you will enjoy some of these, also! There is a wide range of topics and genres here, so hopefully you can find something that interests you.

A – After by Amy Efaw – Wow. This book stays with you. Pretty sure your thoughts on this topic were set in your mind. See if this changes them!

B – Birthmarked Trilogy by Carah M. O’Brien – Sort of a futuristic historical story of a young girl who takes on the powers that be.

C – The Compound by S. A. Bodeen THE go-to book for boys (and girls) who do not like to read. Gets them every time!

D – The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart – You just can’t go wrong with any E. Lockhart book!

E – Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted – Very good historical fiction.

F – Far From You by Lisa Schroeder – Novel in verse. This was my first of its kind and I have read all of her books since.

G – The Giver (Series) by Lois Lowry – A classic book that is about to FINALLY be a movie! Everyone should read this book!

H – Hate List by Jennifer Brown – Think you know about school shootings? Read this!

I – I, Emma Freke by Elizabeth Atkinson – A cute, easy to read book for younger YA’s.

J – Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – Yes, the book is even better than the movie. As usual!

K – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – Once you get used to the writing style, you begin to really pull for the characters you meet here!

L – Light a Single Candle by Beverly Butler – Life without eyesight, but wonderful insight!

M – The Maze Runner by James Dashner – Sci-fi meets dystopia meets horror.

N – Notes From the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick – Laugh out loud funny!

O – Out of the Easy by Rutya Sepetys – Runner up for my all time favorite book! There is no way to say enough about how wonderful I think this book is!

P – Princess of the Midnight Ball (Series) by Jessica Day George – Retelling of old fairy tales. Wonderful books!

Q – Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter, need I say more?

R – Reason to Breathe (Trilogy) by Rebecca Donovan – Heart wrenching series.

S – Stolen by Lucy Christopher – This, like several others, makes you take a look at both sides of an issue.

T –  The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan – All around awesome book!! Keeps you in the dark and strikes with a deadly blow!

U – Unwind (Trilogy) by Neal Shusterman – A very unsettling issue. Turns a current day topic on its ear and makes you think hard about the beliefs of others and possibly yourself.

V – Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn Sci-fi/Fantasy. Made me want a dragon!

W – What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles – The books written by Gail Giles always make you look at issues from more than one angle. A little scary, but very thought provoking.

X – Xenocide (Ender Series) by Orson Scott Card – The Ender series is sci-fi futurism and is a really good series for guys and girls alike!

Y – The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman – Coming of age and taking control of your life.

Z – Zoo by James Patterson Sci-fi at Patterson’s best!

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