The Perfectionists – book review

The Perfectionists

The Perfectionists is a gripping and mysterious book, written by Sara Shepard.

The handsome and rich high school senior Nolan Hotchkiss is one of those lucky kids who always had it all – the looks, the money, the power to do whatever he wanted without being questioned. No one could touch him and no one would even try. Until now. The self-centred bully treats everyone around him like dirt and it’s time for payback.

Mackenzie, Ava, Julie, Caitlin and Parker don’t seem to have much in common except for one thing – a deep hatred for Nolan Hotchkiss. The five girls each have a very good reason to end Nolan’s reign of terror. It’s time for them to put words into actions and play this player at his own game. They come up with the perfect murder – hypothetical, of course. It’s wishful thinking… until they wake up and find that their wish has come true. Nolan has been killed in exactly the way they had planned, but the girls didn’t do it. So who did?


I really enjoyed reading The Perfectionists. In my opinion, it got off to a crazy start. Neither good crazy nor bad crazy, but hectic crazy. It felt like there was so much going on in the beginning and it was initially hard to wrap my head around the personalities and motives of all five girls. This book reminded me of the book Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian because they’re both fundamentally about a group of girls wanting to get revenge on someone and working together to try and achieve that. I felt as though The Perfectionists would have perhaps been more successful with only four girls instead of five. I feel like I didn’t get to know them as well as I would have liked to, and as well as I could have with one less main character. I wanted to be able to fully understand all of them, and that could have also happened if this book was a little longer. It didn’t feel long, but I’m under the belief that this book is the start of a series of I-don’t-know-how-many books. So perhaps I’ll get to know these characters more in the next book. I would love to see them more, that’s for sure.

The thing I loved most about this book was the plot. I really enjoyed having to constantly guess as to how everything would play out. The storyline was intense and gripping, and I never found myself bored in the entire novel. The pacing was really good and made me want to keep reading. I really liked the style this book is written in. I hadn’t read any of Sara Shepard’s books before and I found myself really liking it. This book was written from each girl’s point of view. Initially, I had a bit of a hard time adjusting to reading from five points of view, but I soon got into the motion of how the book was going to run its course and really liked seeing the lives of these five very different girls.

The characters in this book were all very different and unique. A lot of the characters seem to be derived from the typical high school stereotypes, but Sara Shepard puts an original twist on them, making every character exciting to read about. I liked not ever feeling like I could trust most of the characters because it made me curious as to whether they could be fully trusted. I found that the people I thought I knew in the book turned out to be completely different from my initial impressions of them. I really liked that aspect of the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I’ll definitely be looking out for the next book in this series because I’m eager to know what’s going to happen next! I’d give The Perfectionists a score of 8 out of 10. If you like a mysterious and gripping book, I definitely recommend giving this one a try!

Thank you to Hot Key Books Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

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