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A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan

By Siyona Paliwal | Book Reviews

A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan

A book review by Siyona Paliwal, aged 13

A Place Called Perfect is a majestic novel that demonstrates genres of fiction, mystery and suspense in an absolute, spine-chilling way! This beauty was written by the wildly imaginative Helena Duggan, eerily illustrated by Karl James Mountford and first introduced by Usborne Publishing LTD. This adventure is set in a young girl’s point of view of migrating to another town. As normal as it may seem, the town, Perfect, however is too perfect. As her life continues, no solace is shown to the girl when she begins to hear voices, her mother acts strange all of a sudden, and her dad disappears with no clarity. After she meets a young orphan, named: Boy, she realises that there is more to the town than people know, like the weird night-curfews and the vanished, forgotten people.

A Place Called Perfect is a pleasure to read no matter how many times! I have read many books yet this is the novel that I have labelled as my favourite. I believe that this book might take a person about a month or two to finish, however, it truly depends on the time you give and your speed - yes, I did re-read it within three days, all day!! Personally, I would recommend this to most readers since the cluster of plot-twists that hastens your heart beat in this novel is remarkable with emotions that range from fright; curiosity; delight to almost all emotions you may think of (yep, humour is not skipped). It’s wonderful how the chapters are displayed and ended at the perfect scene - get it? - and how the illustration reflects the mysteries, curiosity and wonders this book holds. Did I mention that the content and vocabulary is ideal for any age above 10 and how I have learnt a few tips and tricks myself from not only this book yet its whole trilogy?

If I were to rate this book, I would rate it as 5 out of 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This novel not only threw me into a vivid and new world yet it also sits in one of my fondest memories. To children and adults, I personally think that A Place Called Perfect is a wonderful journey to be part of, I feel as if I really can relate to it sometimes despite that - it's another world, and I still carry many teachings I have understood in this book since my first read. If you are to read the novel, I hope you have fun exploring this perfect world while (who knows), perhaps exploring - yourself? Feel free to go wild with your imagination and beliefs on the plot and if you really are daring enough to continue this eerie adventure, check out the next two books in the series: The Trouble With Perfect and The Battle For Perfect that definitely reveal more to the covert clues in the first novel! Read the book
out on the bus or why not try reading before bed - if you dare - whatever you do, be ready, for you are oblivious to what is arriving...

Published: Sat 26th Nov 2022

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