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Perfectionists [Ebook] ➯ Perfectionists ➮ Sara Shepard – From Sara Shepard #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series comes a series that’s perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and We Were LiarsAva Caitlin Mackenzie Julie a From Sara Shepard  New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series comes a series that’s perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and We Were LiarsAva Caitlin Mackenzie Julie and Parker are all driven to be perfect—no matter the costAt first the girls think they have nothing in common until they discover that they all hate the same person handsome womanizer Nolan Hotchkiss who's done things to hurt each of themThey come up with the perfect plan to murder Nolan—jokingly of course They'd never actually go through with it But when Nolan turns up dead in the exact way they'd discussed the girls suddenly become prime suspects in his murderOnly they didn't do itSo who did Unless they find the real killer and soon any one of them may be the next to die.

About the Author: Sara Shepard

Sara Shepard graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College She has lived in New York City Brooklyn Tucson Arizona Philadelphia and now lives in Pittsburgh PA Sara's Pretty Little Liars novels were inspired by her upbringing in Philadelphia's Main Line.

10 thoughts on “Perfectionists

  1. Tamikia Tamikia says:

    I want to read this but I'm afraid it will drag on for years like the Pretty Little Liars book series did I loved PLL but I think ran it's course a long time ago

  2. James James says:

    3 stars to Sara Shepard's The Perfectionists A few things to say on how I chose this book before I get into a review of it Earlier this year I found myself with some free time and an interest in watching Pretty Little Liars I had seen several commercials and thought that despite it sounding like it was for a young adult crowd I would give it a chance I love suspense intrigue and drama when I read or watch a movie or TV I finished the first season in a week and was hooked who was A and when would we find out? Since I'm practically a read the last page of a book kinda guy I immediately searched for spoilers all over the internet which is when I learned it was actually based off of series of books Note I want to know spoilers of what will happen not the whole ending as I still want to feel suspense I continued my research and finished the whole series within the month Unfortunately once I see a movie or TV show that is a remake of a book I find it hard to read the book without already having a certain perception of the characters and story Given this one was over ten books I wasn't going to sink into reading them but if it's a really good story sometimes I can still read a single book afterwards And that's when I saw that Sara Shepard had another book series called The Perfectionists that was being optioned as a potential new TV series BOOM I could read the books first this time And so I put it on my list and it arrived last week which is how I chose to read The PerfectionistsI gave 3 stars because while the story is good it's a bit of a let down from Pretty Little Liars and it also seems to be very similar to Pretty Little Liars Change the lies change the cast change the setting and you've got a new story well it had its strengths but it also had some weaknesses I'll definitely read the second book even tho I accidentally read who I think is the killer on someone's review to see how it all plays out It's definitely of a young adult book than other YA books I have read but it is still a fun read took me about 3 to 4 hours to finish yesterday Story Five 5 17 year old girls who are not uite friends just go to the same school together are doing a review in their film class of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None Challenged to determine whether a killer is justified in killing andor whether someone deserves to die the 5 stumble upon a connection in that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss for various reasons They agree on how they'd kill him all in good fun since they believe sometimes murder is an acceptable solution and then go on with their lives It was afterall just a fun conversation except that it seems someone must have overheard their plansAt some point they have an opportunity to get revenge on Nolan at his house party and use part of their plan to pull a prank on him not to kill him The next morning after the party where they attempt the prank they learn he has died from a possible overdose The girls feel bad but they didn't actually do anything except slip him 1 pill And then a few days later they learn he died in the exact way they had theorized murder by cyanide poisoning Fear strikes each of the girls as they already had their own issues to deal with between past accidents cheating boyfriends college plans falling in love shady teacherstherapists and bad parentsBook 1 walks you through all of the major players their immediate families and friends setting up a long list of possible suspects By the end there's a second death and several of the girls are people of interest to the local police Book 1 ends with the girls realizing the person they all thought was the killer couldn't be and now they are back at suare 1 only this time they are clearly number 1 on the police hit list Strengths 1 Large cast with varied characters and families Each of the girls have their own troubles to deal with sick mother twisted father 2 gay moms overly strict parents step parents etc Each has a boyfriend of sorts who is either cheating or being cheated on helps you flush out who they all are2 Suspense is good Each chapter ends with a good conflict or uestion You want to keep reading and it's hard to just put it down for a while Weaknesses 1 Writing is too easy It's YA but I think it's a bit too fluffy and could be stronger2 Too similar to Pretty Little Liars without the fear factor It's suspenseful but I like when a killer taunts you so far the killer and the 5 girls have had no interaction whatsoever Final Thoughts I like Sara Shepard's style and approach She crafts good stories and characters She knows how to entice her audience She has a lot of books so it may get difficult to keep up the intrigue and mystery which I can see happening in this story But it's still a good uick read with fun and drama something we all like to see in our stories

  3. Ruby Granger Ruby Granger says:

    This book was SO fast paced with turns at every corner a great book for fans of One of Us is Lying HOWEVER having said that I thought there was an unnecessary amount of teenage drama Yes it fed into the story but there were whole chapters which felt kind of irrelevant I thought they interfered with the overall pace of the story and ended up skimming some of these pages

  4. Kate Kate says:

    Review on my bloghttpsthebookgramwordpresscom201The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard book 1 in The Perfectionists duology As I expected I really enjoyed this book of course it's Sara Shepard how could I not? My thoughts on each of the main characters Parker she was a really interesting and in depth character to read about who was just so complex I can't wait to find out about her in the next book I predicted what was going to happen in regards to her relationship plot line but I still enjoyed it nonethelessMackenzie I loved Mac she was so fun to read about She's the musical character and her story with her so called 'friend' Claire and her boyfriend was really intriguing and I'm excited to see how that is all handled in the next bookAva I also loved Ava I feel like she played the biggest role in relation to the main 'suspect' in this novel and I love her relationship with Alex Julie she was great I really enjoyed reading about her 'secret' relating to her home life and how she was always there for her friendsCaitlin I really loved Caitlin her relationship plot line was the most interesting to read about out of all the girls and I'm so excited to see where that goes in the next book I'm also interested to see how her whole 'soccer' situation plays outThis book was uite short so there's not a lot to say but I really really enjoyed it and can't wait to pick up the second and final instalment I really enjoyed all the characters and despite the huge amount of characters in this book it didn't take me very long to decipher them from one anotherI'm so intrigued and eager to find out who the killer is Have to wait not so patiently for the second book to come in the mail

  5. Jo Jo says:

    I cannot believe that just happened No resolution none When I say none I really mean not a single nibble The action is rising and just when it gets to the pinnacle boom the acknowledgements I don't whether to be impressed or pissed off I made painstaking mental notes of every character and there were a lot of them to keep straight I don't know if I will have the energy to re read this one when the seuel comes out Bummer

  6. Sue (Hollywood News Source) Sue (Hollywood News Source) says:

    Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood and listen to my The Perfectionists fanmix on 8tracksAva Caitlin Mackenzie Julie and Parker have one thing in common They all hate the handsome and awful Nolan Hotchkiss who did some terrible things to each one of them The five senior girls gather together to prank kill him It was all just a faux until the next morning when Nolan dropped dead “exactly” the way they schemed They know they didn’t do it but suddenly they are the prime suspects until they find the real culpritSara Shepard who wrote the popular series Pretty Little Liars is also the genius behind The Perfectionists so maybe by now you finally have an idea or two on how things will play out here The Perfectionists offers the same plot line as Pretty Little Liars but much better in my opinion There’s nothing new in this book It’s the same mystery – teen drama formula all Shepard’s books have but it is certainly entertainingInitially I had a tough time adjusting to everyone’s POV There are too many characters; I thought this book wouldn’t accommodate that but after a few chapters I finally got my head wrapped around it The Perfectionists is diverse not only in race but also in gender It is a feminist driven book Yay for that I admire the fierce friendship between the five girls formed under rough circumstancesI savored this book I thoroughly enjoyed the teen and high school drama paired along with suspense and great female characterization I can’t wait to read the seuel

  7. Maddie Maddie says:

    Reread You can totally appreciate the threads for the big plot twist at the end of book two in this oneSimilar themes to Pretty Little Liars and being honest very similar characters Each one has a secret and each one doesn't know who to trust I look forward to of a friendship between the girls in the next book Intriguing and misleading this is a great teen crime mystery that keeps you guessing and wondering who the murderer really is I was just annoyed by the PLL parallels as a lot of the character plot points were either similar or the same which detracts from my rating Overall an enjoyable and enticing read

  8. Tylah Marie Tylah Marie says:

    This took me a lot longer to read than I initially planned This is of a 25 star rating It held my interest I was just in a little bit of a book slump in the last few weeks Sara Shepard’s books all read very similar Same sort of story line same sort of character description but she still finds a way that you always want to know what happens next

  9. Zyra Zyra says:

    full of teenage drama suspense

  10. Rayne Rayne says:

    35 stars It sounded like Pretty Little Liars and it was written by the author of Pretty Litte Liars so honestly I got exactly what I should've expected from the beginning instead of allowing myself to hope for something different this was extremely reminiscent of PLLTruth be told I've never read the Pretty Little Liars books but I did see the first season of the show in its entirety and I don't think I need to read the book to see just how similar in structure narration plotting development and characterization this book is to Pretty Little Liars The author tries very hard to make it different to the novel that made her a household YA name but once it stuck the similarities were very hard to shake off I was under the impression that this was a stand alone novel so I was very disappointed when I reached the last few pages of the novel with no clear resolution in sight and was given a rather abrupt ending and cliffhanger which truth be told disrupted what up until that point had been a very enjoyable experience Aside from that this book is fast paced engaging and full of drama exactly what one expects in a book like this The characters are a bit stereotyped and function with a pretty similar mindset to those in PLL but they were certainly varied and easily distinguishable The characters did have an infuriating tendency to make the stupidest choices of endangering themselves and worsening the situation for no other purpose than because the plot reuired it which happened so often it got tiring really uickly Every single possible high school cliche is thrown in there from the characters to the events and the social predicaments but Shepard has the impressive ability of making them if not exactly different or original then definitely interesting and engaging enough to keep me hooked to the story The situations she placed her characters in fulfilled their purpose and while some of them were silly and could've been easily resolved they did have the desired effect of contributing to the atmosphere of the mystery and trapping the characters even tighter within the web of lies and secrets they tangled themselves in Most of the secondary characters are absolutely irrelevant cliched or brushed over There were plenty of them and I understand the importance of keeping the focus on the main 5 girls but their relationships with the rest of these characters seemed rather shallow to me The mystery of this novel proceeded in a very standard fashion but I still cannot say with certainty I know who's behind it or why which made me interested in the seuel than I had any intention to be The twists were not hard to see coming but they are still delivered confidently and exactly when needed leaving a remarkable impact on the story This is a standard mystery as far as the genre goes in YA and The Perfectionists is was far too reminiscent of PLL in spite of the author's best efforts but I would be lying if I said this book wasn't extremely engaging It went by fast and I was very entertained from beginning to end The book is not without its flaws but in the end that doesn't take away from the entertainment value or the addictive uality of the novel which I'm beginning to suspect is the entire reason behind the success of PLL

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