Perfect By Ellen Hopkins Essay

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W. Somerset Maugham said, “There are three rules for writing a good book. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.” However, after reading Perfect by Ellen Hopkins, Hopkins clearly had figured out those three rules because her book was top-notch. A good book could include an interesting writing style, suspense, and a relatable plot. Hopkin’s book managed to follow all three of these rules which made her book and absolutely amazing read.
Most books are written where there are complete paragraphs that fill up the page, but Hopkin’s book’s writing style is different, in a way that makes it more interesting. Perfect is written in the form of verse poetry so her paragraphs look more vertical rather than horizontal. For example:
Do you define a word without concrete meaning? To each his own, the saying goes, so
Push to attain an ideal state of being that no two random people will agree is
You want to
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Perfect was so relatable because it deals with four teenagers who are struggling through their lives with a lot of problems. Basically me. A freshman in highschool trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. At one light-hearted spot in the book, Andre says, “Today’s game was faking my way through a trig test. I probably passed, bust just barely. Trig? What for? Not like I’ll need it beyond June, except to have it, with a C or (unlikely) slightly better grade on my transcript.” (Hopkins) Now, I get good grades, but this part was so relatable to me. Many times in math class I have thought to myself, what’s the point? By reading this part in the book, I felt reassured that someone felt the same way I did, and this is why it’s important to have relatable characters, so the reader can make
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