Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines. The only way Kendra can stand out next to Grayson is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art -- until a cheating scandal threatens her flawless reputation.
Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all -- with enough distance, maybe she'll be able to figure everything out. But eventually, Kendra must stop running and come to terms with herself, her brother, and her past.
With undeniable grace and humor, acclaimed author Jennifer Brown explores OCD, the pressure for perfection, and the emotional highs and lows of a complex sibling relationship.
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers Source: ALA Release Date: July 10, 2012
I recently read Perfect Escape, a book that proved to be an extremely moving, touching story.
Perfect Escape follows Kendra, a girl who’s brother, Grayson, suffers from an extreme case of OCD. Kendra feels like she has to be perfect to make up for her brother’s fault, but ends up running away from it all when she makes a mistake that can ruin her whole reputation. She takes along Grayson with her on a road trip to California, in hopes of curing both him and herself. Along the way, they have to confront different obstacles that they’ve had to deal with in the past.
This book was full of so much realism and the emotions that came with being part of a dysfunctional family. I was a huge fan of this book and thought it was a really good one.
Along the way, during the road trip, you get to really identify with how Kendra feels and the struggles she goes through as she goes from place to place. I understood her constant need to be perfect. By running away from her problems, she was facing them. Also, Grayson was a really great character. At times, I was annoyed to no end at him, but I realized he couldn’t help what he was like and I think he did try. He was so sweet, also. He really cared about Kendra.
During the trip, Kendra ends up doing some amazing things, with Grayson. They end up meeting different people along the way. I really liked a lot of the side characters. One of them, Rena, had to deal with a really tough situation,but she still remained such a sweet person. The only thing I didn't really enjoy about Perfect Escape was how slow the pacing was at a few points throughout the story.
I highly recommend this book! Besides a few problems I had with it, this book was really good.