Any perfectionist will identify with Ariel Stone, whose unwavering focus on the perfect application to Harvard begins to wobble under the weight of self-doubt, and the unrealistic expectations he places on himself to maintain a perfect grade at school, be a good son and brother, be present for his friends and support their demands on his time, and foster a blossoming romance with family friend, Amir. Reading this book may elicit stomach knots of recognition as Ariel hides the fact that he is drowning, not waving, until a near-tragedy causes a reassessment. Enjoyable for older adults, but most pertinent to its target young adult audience.
– Megan Osmond
You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman
Sourcebooks Fire | M/M Young Adult | March 5, 2019
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