Pushing Perfect – Michelle Falkoff

71tws-fl43l Pushing Perfect – Michelle Falkoff,  HarperTeen, 9780062490179, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2

Genre:  YA Fiction

What did you like about the book? Somebody is blackmailing Perfect Kara for buying two anti anxiety pills to help her through the SATs. And Kara’s not the only victim. Some of her friends are also targets of the anonymous blackmailer. Can they figure out who’s behind the texts before their worst secrets are exposed?

Although the characters in the book have believable backstories, when Kara develops acne and recurrent panic and anxiety attacks after a few more misjudged decisions, her character shifts into a clumsy, awkward diorama of teenage drama. The story fell flat and was rather disappointing. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? It was hardly original and lacked depth. 

To whom would you recommend this book?  Middle school teens who are looking for a quick read. 

Who should buy this book? Not recommended

Where would you shelve it? YA fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Kasia Piasecka, Falmouth Public Library, Falmouth, MA

Date of review: 2/20/17

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