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Perfected | Review

Super intriguing and creative read.

Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch


Published by Entangled Teen on July 1st 2014

Pages: 304

Format: eBook

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Buy it here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local independent bookstore!

Summary from Goodreads:

Perfection comes at a price.

As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.

For fans of Keira Cass’s Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.


My review!

You probably read the summary and basically reacted like this:

But it isn’t that bad! It is somewhat strange, but not overly so. It calls on you to thoroughly think about human rights, which I think is not such a bad thing.

One criticism I have is that I couldn’t tell if this book was dystopian or not. The only thing that seemed to be different was the new law that allowed the possession of human pets. If you are going to have the book in the future, go ahead and go all out with a new world. This world was the exact same as today.

So, in this future (?) there as been a law passed that allows the rich and famous to have pets. Human pets. First off,

I have to say that these girls (pets) have no problem with what they are, because it is all they have ever known. I guess it is sort of a form of Stockholm syndrome.

The book follows Ella as she is purchased *shivers* by her new family. The father of the family is a jerk. The mother only cares about herself. The children were great!

So, the father only gets Ella because he played a big part in approving the law that allowed the possession of pets. He thinks that it would look bad if they did not have a pet. Their pervious pet got ‘sick’. There is more to that, but,

The mother does not like having Ella in the first place. She ends up helping Ella at the end of the book, but not to be kind. She helps Ella to help herself.

The daughter is Ruby. Ruby is around ten or eleven and she is so so sweet! She treats Ella like a best friend because she does not have many friends of her own. Ruby is so kind and I felt bad for her because she had friendship problems and her mother always commented on how her daughter was not very pretty. WHAT MOTHER DOES THAT?

The son is Penn. I LOVE PENN. At first he didn’t like Ella, because he didn’t want a pet. After a time, they bonded over their love of music and a romance occurred! Hooray! Penn was so understanding and protective. The romance was slow enough and as believable as it can be in a dystopian (?) novel.

The ending was like

OH EM GEE WHAT?! I don’t know if this is a series but ALL WAS NOT RESOLVED SO THIS BETTER BE A SERIES!

Ella had great character development because she learned to think for herself and become and individual person. This book also gave a different view on slavery and human trafficking that needs to be acknowledged.

I read this book in a few hours. It had me racing to read the next chapter. It is a little strange but not overly so. It was a very unique set up.

I would recommend this for ages 13+ because of the concept in general. I would give Perfected 4/5 stars. And, THERE BETTER BE A SECOND BOOK!

Your favorite fangirl,



About Sarah Stevens

I am a teenage girl that reads lots of young adult books. I also watch Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Downton Abbey. I love YA realistic fiction and dystopian books.

3 responses »

  1. Omg this is a must-read! 🙂 I’d check this out!


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