Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Available At: Air Academy, DCC (HS), Liberty, Rampart

Categories: Cursing, Drug Abuse, LGBTQ+, Racism, Sexual, Violence

Description: Northern Nevada teenagers Cara, Kendra, Sean, and Andre, tell in their own voices of their very different paths toward perfection and how their goals change when tragedy strikes.

YA Label?: No

Notes: This book contains sexual activities including sexual assault; drug and alcohol abuse; profanity and derogatory terms; inflammatory racial commentary; self-harm including anorexia and suicide

Violations (Miller Test [MT] & Colorado Obscenity Test [CD])

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Page 6 : “I mean, by putting a gun to his chest, he made an overt, if obscene, statement-I will no longer force myself inside your prefab boxes. I’d much rather check out of here than let you decide the rest of my life.”

Page 72: “Rumor had it her stepdad liked her a little too much. She coped with his “bad, bad touch” by binge-and-puking. Bulimia is nasty. Hanging your head in the toilet after every meal? Sticking your fingers down your throat?”

Page 138: “You really should date black girls. Are you ashamed of your race?”

Page 155: “He fumbles at my waistband and I hurry the unbuttoning, desire a steady thrumming, like rain upon tin. Strangely, I’m not afraid. Sean is a hot salt rub, friction against my skin, and it all feels good. Right. I reach for his belt, want to touch what’s below his belly button.”

Page 170: “And not the hottest internet porn. Okay, probably not the best thing for me to be looking at in my spare time, but I figured anything could encourage this piece of dead wood attached to my groin, that would be it. So far, no good. No giant boobs, not girl-on-girl action, not even the vilest three-way romp I’ve ever been not-quite-disgusted to view. The damn thing just lays there, like a bored housewife.”

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