Book Review: You Asked for Perfect
You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman is a young adult novel about the stress of being a high-performing high school student with big dreams and a competitive streak. Written from the viewpoint of Ariel, a high school senior, the reader is along for the ride as he navigates classes, family, friends, a new relationship, and all of the associated pressures and expectations.
I appreciated that this book included a diverse and multicultural cast of characters. I also appreciated that although Ariel's life is stressful, his relationships (family, friends, and other) are healthy. At one point, another character tells Ariel that it's "harder to make someone happy than make them uncomfortable." I can't help but believe that the author holds the same philosophy. While Ariel's story includes some mild language and references to (minimal) drugs, drinking, and sex, and while there are certainly stressful incidents, there is no great trauma or terror. Just life, painted realistically for the reader to empathize.
This book is certainly appropriate for my middle school readers, but likely of greater interest to current and rising upper schoolers - and their parents and educators, too. I rated this book 5 stars on Goodreads.
I received a review copy of this book from Edelweiss + in exchange for an honest review. You Asked for Perfect is scheduled for release on March 5, 2019.