Review: A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan

Review: A Place Called Perfect by Helena DugganA Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan
Published by Usborne on August 1st 2017
Genres: Middle Grade
Pages: 368
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Violet never wanted to move to Perfect.

Who wants to live in a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind? And who wants to be neat and tidy and perfectly behaved all the time?

But Violet quickly discovers there's something weird going on – she keeps hearing noises in the night, her mum is acting strange and her dad has disappeared.

When she meets Boy she realizes that her dad is not the only person to have been stolen away...and that the mysterious Watchers are guarding a perfectly creepy secret!

I was recently at Waterstones Piccadilly in London. One of the staff members recommended this book and when I realized it wasn’t published in the US, I knew I couldn’t leave it behind. (#humblebrag – yeah, I was in the UK and it was amazing. Lol. Back to the book.)

A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan is a creepy, weird middle grade novel. It’s about a girl named Violet who moves with her family to a town called Perfect. Yet, it’s not so perfect when simply being there makes you go blind and you have to wear special glasses just to see. Luckily for Violet, she makes a new friend, Boy, who helps her realize that all isn’t right in Perfect.

From the outset, it’s clear to see that Violet isn’t a girl with an overabundance of confidence and desire to challenge the status quo in Perfect, except when it comes to her family. Something about Perfect has changed her mom and her dad has disappeared, so it’s up to Violet to find her brave and her courage and help fix things for them. On the other hand, we have the mysterious Boy who sought out Violet and her father to help with making Perfect, less Perfect but better for everyone. Together they might just be able to solve the problems plaguing the town.

Though this is definitely a middle grade novel and at times the message is just a little too on point, the unique story and and general spookiness makes this a great read, even if you’re older than the target demographic. There’s a hidden town of forgotten people, eye ball plants, and a lot concealed beneath the surface in Perfect. This book is a great fall/Halloween time read.

About Helena Duggan

Helena Duggan is from Kilkenny, a medieval, haunted city in the south of Ireland. She's pretty old, like 31 or something but her friends say she's never grown up, so like she's probably really only 13 in brain years. She writes stories for people her brain age and they are always full of adventure cause she gets bored really easy. She's also a graphic designer, that means she draws pictures for a living, she also colours the pictures in though so it's pretty tough work.


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