Book Review: The Perfectionists (#1)

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard
Pages: 336
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller
Age Range:
14- 17 years
HarperCollins Publishers, October 2014
Rating: 4/5 stars

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars comes a thrilling new novel about five perfect girls who are framed for a murder they didn’t commit.

In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke…until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.


The summary and the genre of the book make it sound really mysterious, but the book isn’t all that. If you want to read something more mysterious, find a different book. Since the story does take place in high school, the book focuses more on five girls and their thoughts on this murder of Nolan and of their lives in the book.

Five girls, Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker, are the main characters of the story. After the setting and the beginning of the story is introduced, the book goes into chapters where each girl gets one chapter. Each chapter is about one of the five girls and it goes in a loop. At first, I thought it’d be hard to remember these girls since there were five of them, but once you know more of each girl’s life and background, it’s easy.

Parker is the one who is less stressed than the other girls. Parker was perfect until she got scars from her dad. She gave up on school and her social life. The other girls are obsessed with being perfect and panic about finding a way to point the police to the murderer of Nolan Hotchkiss. They didn’t kill him and wouldn’t want to ruin his reputation.

Here’s a quiz to find out which type of Perfectionist you are: perfectionists quiz

All in all, you should read this book if you want to read about a murder that happens in the lives of teenagers and they’re being framed for it. It’s not the best book for mysteries and I find Pretty Little Liars books to be more interesting than The Perfectionists. If you did like the book, the prequel is The Good Girls.



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