Jennifer Brown’s Perfect Escape

Review – Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown

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 The only way Kendra can stand out next to her brother Grayson (suffering from OCD) is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art — until a school scandal threatens her flawless reputation. Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all — maybe with enough distance she’ll be able to figure everything out.

Perfect Escape is the story of what happens when all of a sudden, everything becomes too much and driving away seems to be the only option. Kendra has been caught in the midst of a cheating scandal which threatens her college future. Her older brother Grayson suffers from debilitating OCD. He’s just released from his last stint in hospital when the book starts.

I love Jennifer Brown; I think her novels are all very well done, especially Hate List. I loved the premise of this, and it didn’t disappoint too much. Brown writes Grayson’s OCD with a realistic style that can only be applauded. Kendra’s feelings towards her brother are ever-changing but I think that’s fitting to the story itself – everything is changing around the siblings.

Rena is an addition to the story that I enjoyed reading a lot. Maybe her arc was a little predictable, but I don’t think that subtracted from the way she was written. Her character added something that the book really needed – humor. Kendra tries to make jokes with Grayson, but it’s not until Rena is introduced that the laughter comes. She’s a good example of comic relief in a book that could easily be very heavy with the topics it looks at.

I took my time reading this book for reasons that I can only put down to the fact that I was never really enthralled. It’s not a fast-paced novel and I wasn’t expecting that, but I still felt like it was just a bit too slow and repetitive for my personal taste.

The overall plot is quite realistic, I thought. I can imagine this happening to someone in everyday life. The ending was not what I expected which I was happy about. All in all, not a bad read, but it’s got nothing on Hate List.

Rating: ★★★

My question to you: If you could travel to anywhere in the world right now, regardless of cost or other external factors, where would you go and why?

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