16 Jan 2014

A PLACE CALLED PERFECT.

A PLACE CALLED PERFECT by HELENA DUGGAN.

SOURCE: A giveaway win courtesy of Lindsay @ THE LITTLE LIBRARY READER (See her review HERE).

Take a journey into Perfect, a town that is anything but...

 Violet Brown didn’t want to live in a place that was perfect. How would she ever survive? She’d have to be neat and tidy, would definitely have to brush her hair. She’d have to be perfect and that was boring.

But when her dad is offered the best job an optician can get, to fix a strange problem in this odd little town, Violet has to obey. That’s the thing with parents, they only ever did what they wanted!

From the beginning Violet hates her new home, it’s too clean, the people are too friendly, everything is just too nice...

When her Mam begins to act a little strange, her Dad disappears on a mysterious business trip without telling a soul, she almost gets expelled from school for picking up a pencil without permission and starts hearing voices in her head, Violet thinks she’s going mad.

Until one day she meets BOY...
...... Outer back cover

FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1: A Silent Protest): So what if this town wasn't perfect, who wanted perfect?

MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 212): Violet paced the floor. She'd always hated dolls even when she was younger. There was something scary about them. The plastic eyes followed her through the room. Imagine if they climbed out of their boxes and crawled after her?

MY THOUGHTS: Great cover (both front and back), wonderful storytelling.

Enchanted from the beginning to end. I can hardly wait to read this to my two great-nephews though as the oldest is only three years, the youngest 17 weeks, and the book is marketed as being particularly suitable for those aged nine to thirteen it may well be a while.

The story of what happens when 10 year old Violet and her family move to a place called Perfect. On the face of it this is a simple story and yet as an older reader look a little deeper and you'll see many issues are subtly raised.

Beautifully done. To be written in such a way as to appeal to both boys and girls, readers of the young and young at heart variety and in such a way that whilst modern it has a superbly old fashioned feel to it that if you are anything like me will take you back to the stories of your childhood is no mean feat. And best of all, the author doesn't shy away from the macabre that so many children delight in.

Whilst begging to be adapted for the big screen this isn't one of those novels that is so obviously written with this in mind. The authors intent clearly being to firstly and fore-mostly write a wonderfully readable story and in this is to be applauded.



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13 comments:

Kelly said...

This sounds like quite a fun book and, yes...great cover!

Lindsay said...

I'm so glad you liked this one too Tracy! Lovely review. x

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh I'm so going to have to tell my cousin about this one. He has kids about that age! Thanks!

Suko said...

Tracy, this sounds perfectly wonderful! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I will definitely keep it in mind for the future. Your review is terrific, as usual.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh this does sound lovely!! Love that adults can enjoy it too.

Helena Duggan said...

Hi Tracy, thank you so much. Lindsay let me know about your review and it's amazing. I'm delighted and can't believe it!! Thank you so much for what you said about Perfect, I'm over the moon! And for praising the cover too, it's all my own work, my day job is a graphic designer so I am truly delighted!! Helena

Literary Feline said...

I don't know if I would fit in in a place called Perfect. :-) I love the sound of this book though. I will have to look for it and add it to my daughter's library. I think we'd have fun reading it together when she's older.

Alexia561 said...

Sounds like a fun read for adults as well as kids! And you're right about the cover, as it's definitely eye catching.

Claudine G. said...

Adding this to my to-read shelf. It does sound good!

Brian Joseph said...

A well done parable like this is something that I think children will take with them into adulthood. Sounds like a great book!

Barbara Fisher said...

I can't wait to read this it sounds excellent! Thanks for another great review. Barbara

So many books, so little time said...

It sounds like a delightful story, yet another to keep an eye out for. My bookshelves get heavier with every visit.

Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

Heather said...

Sounds really good and a most appealing cover.