Ruthie Bayer's life in Odessa is as plain as can be. There's nothing really going on, and she's had the same friends for most of her life. The problem is, Perry looks way better to her now and she wants to be more than "just friends."
Everything appears to be smooth sailing for her freshman year until the new girl, Jenna Wilson, comes to town. Perry seems very interested in her. Who wouldn't? She's the perfect girl: perfect hair, nails, clothes --- even the way she walks. But Ruthie is not having it and pulls out all the stops by calling her Aunt Marty, an advice columnist on men in New York City.
That would be fine, except for the fact that her mother and aunt don't get along. Where Marty is cool, her mother is anal. Where Marty understands, her mother doesn't even try. Things become quite sticky when Marty shows up and transforms their house into a completely different place. Although Ruthie loves the fact that Marty is in town, her mom has become even more withdrawn and just plain old mean. Ruthie believes she's just jealous of Marty, who is gorgeous, rich, has a beautiful penthouse in New York and an adoring husband.
As Marty helps Ruthie put her plan into place to catch the boy of her dreams and become the perfect girl for him, there are a lot of past issues within their family that come to the surface. Although Ruthie and her friends adore Marty, it becomes obvious that even "perfect" people have their flaws, hurts and disappointments in life. Ruthie's plan does succeed, but she soon realizes that what she thought she felt really wasn't true love.
Mary Hogan delivers in this concise story of finding out who you really are, understanding the folks around you and learning to accept things as they come. PERFECT GIRL is a testament of truthfulness and familial love that will leave you smiling at the end. Life is what you make it; after all, nobody's perfect.
Reviewed by Belinda Williams on October 18, 2011
- Publication Date: April 1, 2007
- Genres: Fiction
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen
- ISBN-10: 0060841087
- ISBN-13: 9780060841089