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‘Perfectionists’ has a serious tone

Mandy Scheuer, Arts Editor

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Would you kill to be perfect? The five main characters in “The Perfectionists” series considered that question.

Mackenzie, Ava, Julie, Caitlin, and Parker decided it was time for revenge on Beacon Heights’ most popular boy, Nolan Hotchkiss.

After his torment and terrible actions against the girls, they have finally decided to do something about it.

They pull a prank at Nolan’s party, then leave. But then, Nolan dies in the exact same way the girls talked about killing him, and the girls are the prime suspects.

The reader does not know who is the killer, until the end of the second book. The second book is “The Good Girls.”

“The Perfectionists” is arranged by chapters, each dedicated to the five main characters. These chapters are short, but end very mysteriously. This is interesting because you get to read about each characters’ lives –home life, thoughts, and what they are doing.

However, this can make it hard to follow the story because the reader has to keep track of five different storylines.

Readers may struggle to remember who was who, especially when characters had similar names like Josh and Jeremy and Claire and Caitlin. But, I did like the exploration of parental expectations in Caitlin’s storyline, and the hint of a possible gay romance between Julie and Parker.

The friendships that the girls had in the book also contributed to the plot, as they always had each other’s backs, no matter what each girl did.

They all lie to cover up each other’s secrets.  Some of these secrets are very dark and ugly. Since they are such good liars, they can get away with pretty much everything. But who knows? Maybe someone will finally find out the truth and use it against them.

Also, there are serious themes in the book, such as abuse, suicide, drug usage, bullying, mental illnesses, and sexual assault. These serious topics add depth to the plotlines.

The author Sara Shepard wrote four series that have all been No. 1 on The New York Times Bestselling Author list. Those four series are “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Lying Game,” “The Amateurs,” and “The Perfectionists.”

“The Perfectionists” TV spinoff will premiere on the Freeform channel, March 20, at 8 p.m.

It should be a nail biter that always keeps you at the edge of your seat, the twists come out of nowhere, and they will keep you guessing at the end of each episode.

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