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Kate Brown's life has gone downhill fast. Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and acts like Kate's invisible.
And then there's Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, who Kate pretends she can't stand even though she can't stop thinking about him. And when Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him even though she knows she's just his latest conquest.
Kate figures the only way things will ever stop hurting is if she keeps to herself and stops caring about anyone or anything. What she doesn't realize is that while life may not always be perfect, good things can happen--but only if she lets them.
"Elizabeth Scott's second novel is just as poignant and addictive to read as her well-reviewed debut, Bloom --- perhaps even more so. In the year since Bloom's publication, Scott has clearly honed her skills, crafting a tighter story that fluently captures the anxieties of talking to (let alone trusting) a first crush, the self-deprecation and anguish of losing a best friend, and the bemusement that comes with having to parent...your parents." -- Teenreads.com
"Kate's confusion and frustration over her lost friendship as well as the possibility of a budding romance are believable. Background regarding the difficult relationship between her mother and grandmother is skillfully woven in, as is the information regarding her long-standing friendship with Anna and her love/hate relationship with Will. Supporting characters are well fleshed out, and the ending, while encouraging, isn't all sunshine and roses, making it believable as well as hopeful." -- School Library Journal
"This is a fun one. Kate's family is the most seriously dysfunctional one I've run into in quite a while -- and I'm not even counting her Grandma...Definitely a good pick for those who're always looking for more of the modern romantic realistic YA fiction with loads of family issues." -- Bookshelves of Doom
"Perfect You cemented, for me, the fact that Elizabeth Scott is without a doubt the next Sarah Dessen. In other words, a writer whose books CANNOT be missed because they are so utterly perfectly right...Her writing is for the heart, the mind, and the soul. Life. Love. Friendship. Family. School. Life isn't always beautiful. It isn't always fair. Its full of beginnings and endings. Some times you have to go with the flow. I loved Kate. I loved her story. I highly recommend it." -- Becky's Book Reviews
"Perfect You is a fresh, funny, and honest story that is everything readers will expect from this talented writer, and more! Honestly, I can't recommend highly enough this fantastic story about family, romance, friendship, love, life, and growing up." -- Teen Book Review
"Kate and Will are excellent characters, and Scott's dialogue is superb. Kate is witty, sarcastic, and stubborn--all wonderful traits that Kate learns can work against her at times. Scott manages to capture the common high school troubles of family issues, dating and friendships without making it all seem too overwhelming. Kate may start out feeling alone, but she ends up with some surprising allies in her corner." -- Kliatt
"Perfect You was really a spectacular read...Kate is very witty and she says and thinks things that make you laugh out loud. Everyone goes through tough times, so they can easily relate to her character. Even so, Kate carries herself with a certain grace that most people never see. The book is also funny and poignant and everything that a good book should be. It even teaches you a life lesson about happiness: you have to try to be happy in order to actually be happy." -- Flamingnet (also a Flamingnet Top Choice Award winner)
I read Elizabeth Scott's debut novel, Bloom, right when it came out and really enjoyed it. I liked Perfect You even more...Teenagers deal with the issues in Perfect You on a regular basis -- lost friendships, romance, parental problems -- but Scott writes about them in a way that's refreshing and honest. I feel like I have such a connection to her characters! I fell in love with Kate and her sarcastic remarks, as well as Will's fast-paced comebacks. Other readers will fall in love, too -- in fact, they'll recognize at least part of themselves in one of the many authentic characters Elizabeth Scott has created." -- The Page Flipper
"I absolutely loved this book!! Once you start you won't be able to put it down -- it's funny, sad, and wise, and will make your heart ache in the best way." -- Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times Bestselling author of Blue Bloods
"Warm and engaging, Perfect You connects with the feelings of hope and desire within every one of us. It holds on to your heart and won't let go." -- Susane Colasanti, author of When It Happens
Chapters One and Two--plus a bonus! (.pdf file)
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The idea behind Perfect You: I decided to write Perfect You after getting an idea for a story about a family who had to deal with an extremely demanding relative moving in. The original idea was very (*very*) different from how the story ended up, but that's one of the fun things about writing --- there are always surprises along the way!