October 07, 2014

Read-Along & Giveaway: The Perfectionist by Sara Shepard


Hey GCReaders!

Today we share our very first read-along on Good Choice Reading. This is my first time participating in one, and I have to say that I am pretty excited about it, and happy that HarperTeen & Me, My Shelf and I asked to be a part of this event.

HarperTeen is also offering an amazing giveaway for our GCReaders. The giveaway will run all month long with plenty of chances to win!


In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke...until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

Here are my thoughts on the Prologue through Chapter Nine....

Let me start with that this is my first book by Sara Shepard. I  know, I know, where have I been? I wasn't a big contemporary reader. It wasn't until about a year ago that I really got into the genre. Of course now I can't get enough.

One thing that really sticks out to me most is how easy the writing seems. Not only did Shepard do a great job jumping right into the story, but also introducing each character, and giving just enough information for you to prepare for what is to come.

Normally I don't like books with too many main characters in the spotlight, but I think because the book is written in third person it's a lot easier for me to follow. Each chapter features one of the girls, and takes you into their history with Nolan Hotchkiss. He is one bad boy... tsk, tsk, tsk. Or should I say was one bad boy? He hurt a lot of people and it's pretty sad what some of these girls have gone through. So far I really like all five girls. They each have a unique voice and don't all blend together.

In the little I've read there is plenty of mystery, and the girls have definitely found themselves in a tough spot. They don't know whether to speak up and share the truth, since technically they didn't kill Nolan, or just wait and see how it all plays out? It's an interesting read so far, and I cannot wait to dive right back into it!

I hope you stop by next week and join us again for the next couple of chapters! Things are getting good!


On the morning of Nov 6th Sara Shepard will be chatting with the read-along hosts and YOU! Stay tuned for an exact time and hashtag, to be released soon!

  • Open to US Residents Only
  • This giveaway is sponsored by HarperCollins.
  • Good Choice Reading is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged mail.
  • Winner will be announced on October 31st.
  • Winner has 48 hours to claim prize, or else a new winner will be chosen. 

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  1. Thanks for reading along this week with MMSAI and the other blogs!

  2. looks and sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. I love the dark secrets and the shocking twists. It sounds like a wonderful murder mystery. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  4. This book looks amazing! Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

  5. I love Sarah Shepard! Thank you so much for the giveaway! <3

  6. Mary DeBorde
    Same here! I love Sara's books and am really excited to read this one!! <3

  7. My students would really like this book.


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