Last time I was in Waterstones I bought four books from the kids section – I needed a break from adulting. Plus the covers are adorable. One of the books I picked up was A Place Called Perfect, which is Waterstones’ Children’s Book of the Month this month.
From the blurb:
Violet never wanted to move to Perfect.
Who wants to live in a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind? And who wants to be neat and tidy and perfectly behaved all the time?
But Violet quickly discovers there’s something weird going on – she keeps hearing noises in the night, her mum is acting strange and her dad has disappeared.
When she meets Boy she realizes that her dad is not the only person to have been stolen away…and that the mysterious Watchers are guarding a perfectly creepy secret!
Violet’s mum and dad make her move to Perfect, and she is not happy about it. Her dad is an Ophthalmologist, but she tells everyone he is an optician, because cutting into eyeballs is gross!
In Perfect the whole town has a problem with their eyes – they say it’s because they are so close to the sun- they have to wear ugly pink tinted glasses so that they can see. They have asked Violet’s dad to move to Perfect and help them get better.
The day after moving to Perfect, Violet wakes up and can’t see. All the kids at her new school are strange, there are hundreds of rules she has trouble following, and the grownups are creepy… especially her dad’s new bosses the Archer Twins.
The only thing Violet likes about Perfect is the tea made by the Archer’s, it tastes like your favourite drink.
When Violet starts to hear an invisible boy speaking to her she thinks she’s going mad; her parents think she is just being difficult and letting her imagination run away with itself. Violet starts to think that maybe Perfect isn’t perfect after all…
This book is sooo cute. I loved Violet – she runs around causing havoc, refuses to act “girly” and fights to save her town even though she is terrified.
I loved the cover and illustration. The only thing I didn’t like was the parents’ dialogue… it felt a bit stilted and unnatural.
It also took until the “an author called Helena” bit for me to realise the characters were Irish. I had a Newcastle accent in my head because of they all referred to their mums as “mam”.
I have this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads, and highly recommend it.
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