Title: Perfect Escape
Author: Jennifer Brown
Publisher: Little, Brown and Co.
Pub Date: 7/10/2012
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: This was one of those books that is so well done that you don't even realize how great it is until it's charged through you, and left you breathless at the last page. I am a huge fan of Hate List, another of Brown's books. Like Hate List, this novel was really about characters, which was what makes it shine. Kendra and Grayson were both fully developed people. Grayson, Kendra's older brother, lived with OCD, which was a big part of both of their journeys. But Brown avoided a common pitfall of books about people with disabilities, in that Grayson had a character beyond his disorder. Even smaller characters were fleshed out, so it felt like a real world.
Memorable or Forgettable: I find that when reading, characters are who I remember over plot, because it's like meeting a friend, and plot is secondary. But plot was well balanced in the book. It was a mix of outside motives (road trip), driven by internal journey by both the main characters. It was fantastic how Kendra's realizations were deeply personal, and woven into her as a person; but, at the same time, they related to a larger scope.
Cover: Not a bad cover, over all. It conveyed the road trip of the book, without going into too much detail. Normally I'm not a huge fan of models, but these ones were covered enough by the title that it didn't make a difference.
Age Range: 14 to 18 and up
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 5P Everyone wants to read it
Kendra has lived in the shadow of her brother's OCD her entire life. When her built up perfection begins to fall apart, so does the rest of her life, sending her and her brother on a spontaneous road trip of self discovery and revelations.