Pushing Perfect

About the book:

A girl’s quest for perfection results in dangerous consequences in this smart, suspenseful YA novel by the author of Playlist for the Dead. Fans of We Were Liars and The Secret History will devour this layered, ensemble-cast novel, which will keep readers thinking—and guessing—until the final pages.

How far would you go to be perfect?

Kara 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. Which is why she does something she never thought she’d do. Something risky—and illegal.

Before she knows it, Kara’s life veers wildly off its perfect course, and she’s thrown headlong into a world of new friends, wild parties, alluring romance, and dark secrets. She’s forced to confront how far she’s willing to go to be perfect—and in the end, if that’s something she really wants to be.

Critical praise:

"[F]ull of well-developed, diverse supporting characters...recommended for teens who enjoy mysteries in the form of timely, realistic fiction.

"Reminiscent of the novels of Joan Lowery Nixon and Lois Duncan with its methodical uncovering of clues and multiple red herrings, this mystery set in a modern-day well-to-do suburb in California will keep readers turning the pages...A good choice for those looking for a compelling mystery."
School Library Journal

"[R]eaders will be kept guessing until they get there-which will please established mystery fans."

Purchasing options:

Amazon hardcover

Amazon paperback

Amazon Kindle

Barnes and Noble


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