Today I am going to be reviewing Perfect Lies by Kiersten White. To start off, this book was really just okay. Of course, there are parts of the book that I enjoyed, but nothing too memorable. I wasn’t such a fan of the first book in this series either, so that could be why this was just not memorable for me. To only reason that I chose to continue with this series was because the idea of it really intrigued me, however it missed some key elements it needed to be successful.

There is much to be said about the characters of this book. One thing that I do admire is the way being in the main characters’ head feels. I do feel like I am in a crazy girl’s head and I do feel like I am in a blind girl’s head. I think that is very difficult to do. On the other hand, there was almost no character development. There were so many lost opportunities, especially with this being the last book in the series. I have come to expect there to be a lot of character growth as a series wraps up and when that didn’t happen, I felt the characters hadn’t moved on at all from the first book. Additionally, the side characters were all very flat. I wasn’t invested or interested in them at all. In my opinion, side characters should be able to stand well on their own, while providing conceptual support for the main character, which didn’t happen in this book.

Where do I even start with the plot? This book has a very… strange plot line. It arches over two different time periods that eventually overlap. White takes us back in time, to the future, and to the same events from different perspectives. I like how unique and bold this decision is, but I feel it worked better in book one. This time around it came off as choppy and uneven. Plus when I’m reading the same scene more than once, I expect to get something different out of each time, yet I didn’t, which was frustrating. It really doesn’t help that this book has an extremely vague ending, too.

There isn’t much left for me to say. I could’ve gone without reading this for sure, but based purely on the fact that the character perspectives were (generally) written well, I have decided to give this 2 stars.

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Aashna Moorjani
Aashna Moorjani is a sophomore (18-19) at Millburn High School and the Website Administrator for Studio 462.