In a Perfect World
Caroline Kelly is excited to be spending her summer vacation working at the local amusement park with her best friend, exploring weird Ohio with her boyfriend, and attending soccer camp with the hope she’ll be her team’s captain in the fall.But when Caroline’s mother is hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo, Egypt, Caroline’s plans are upended. Caroline is now expected to spend her summer andher senior year in a foreign country, away from her friends, her home, and everything she’s ever known.With this move, Caroline predicts she’ll spend her time navigating crowded streets, eating unfamiliar food, and having terrible bouts of homesickness. But when she finds instead is a culture that surprises her, a city that astounds her, and a charming, unpredictable boy who challenges everything she thought she knew about life, love, and privilege.

In a Perfect World Details

TitleIn a Perfect World
Author
FormatHardcover
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 23rd, 2017
PublisherSimon Pulse
ISBN1481479881
ISBN-139781481479882
Number of pages304 pages
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

In a Perfect World Review

  • Ginger at GReadsBooks.com
    December 2, 2015
    I was not prepared for the journey this story took me on. Trish Doller has given us a gift with this one. I love the culture of Egypt as we're witnessing it for the first time through Caroline's young eyes. Though she is miles & miles away from her homeland, she comes to realize that we all share different variations of values, customs, dreams, & ideas. I really identified with her want to experience it all, while keeping an open mind. But I also understood her frustrations of being a yo I was not prepared for the journey this story took me on. Trish Doller has given us a gift with this one. I love the culture of Egypt as we're witnessing it for the first time through Caroline's young eyes. Though she is miles & miles away from her homeland, she comes to realize that we all share different variations of values, customs, dreams, & ideas. I really identified with her want to experience it all, while keeping an open mind. But I also understood her frustrations of being a young girl, in a culture so different than her own. The romance in this story is full of swoons & innocence, that only Trish Doller can deliver in just the right amount of doses. Add this book to your 2017 TBR. It's one not to miss!
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  • Jen
    February 10, 2017
    My heart is so full right now! Dare I say this might be Trish Doller's best book yet? Yes. Yes, I will. She has done a beautiful job of showing how complicated life can be from all aspects: family, friends, love, religion, privilege, prejudice, and cultural expectations. It was a struggle not to devour Caroline's story in one sitting because I also wanted to savory every minute of it. And then I wanted to experience it all over again.I loved the family dynamics on both sides and the romance is s My heart is so full right now! Dare I say this might be Trish Doller's best book yet? Yes. Yes, I will. She has done a beautiful job of showing how complicated life can be from all aspects: family, friends, love, religion, privilege, prejudice, and cultural expectations. It was a struggle not to devour Caroline's story in one sitting because I also wanted to savory every minute of it. And then I wanted to experience it all over again.I loved the family dynamics on both sides and the romance is so freaking swoony it made my heart ache---in a good way. I had to read the last chapter twice because the first time through was little too blurry, and because it made me so damn happy!READ. IT.
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  • Ellice
    March 5, 2017
    I've waited after finishing In a Perfect World to write a review because-- well, you know how it feels when a book touches your heart so deeply that you feel like these characters & their story was written just for you? That's how I feel about In a Perfect World. I love it so much, & I just wasn't sure how to put my feelings into words. I'm still not, but as the pub date gets closer, I'm getting more & more excited for everyone else to meet & fall in love with the Kellys & El I've waited after finishing In a Perfect World to write a review because-- well, you know how it feels when a book touches your heart so deeply that you feel like these characters & their story was written just for you? That's how I feel about In a Perfect World. I love it so much, & I just wasn't sure how to put my feelings into words. I'm still not, but as the pub date gets closer, I'm getting more & more excited for everyone else to meet & fall in love with the Kellys & Elhadads like I did! I plan on writing an actual review soon. Oh, one more thing. Most of y'all know how much I love Something Like Normal. I- and I can't believe I'm about to say this- but, I might just possibly love In a Perfect World even more. <3 Sigh. Preorder this one, guys.
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  • Camus Grimwood
    October 14, 2016
    I would love to live in Egypt for at least a year of my life, so I'm looking forward to this book.
  • Lauren
    February 11, 2017
    Before I started this book I was worried that Caroline would 1) be bitter and resent her parents for moving her halfway around the world and 2) try to eat at McDonalds every chance she could get. Thankfully that doesn't happen. Caroline wasn't happy about moving to Cairo, Egypt the summer before her senior year in high school, but she's making the best of it. She has a great relationship with her parents - who also adore each other - and she's excited that her mom is following her dream to open Before I started this book I was worried that Caroline would 1) be bitter and resent her parents for moving her halfway around the world and 2) try to eat at McDonalds every chance she could get. Thankfully that doesn't happen. Caroline wasn't happy about moving to Cairo, Egypt the summer before her senior year in high school, but she's making the best of it. She has a great relationship with her parents - who also adore each other - and she's excited that her mom is following her dream to open an eye clinic in another part of the world. I enjoyed watching Caroline begin to learn her new city and try to fit into a culture that's so vastly different from her home in middle America. Part of that is discovering the food. It's definitely a culinary experience reading this book, thanks to Adam, the son of the man Caroline's family hires as driver for her while her mother is at work. Adam is the definition of sweet and respectful and he and Caroline form a friendship when he begins driving for her after his father suffers a heart attack. I enjoyed exploring Cairo with both of them, as they get to know each other and slowly fall for each other. But their adorable romance is made complicated with family obligations and cultural expectations. Caroline is a Catholic Christian and Adam is a Muslim. He is expected to marry a girl of his faith, and she is leaving in a year. Under the surface of this book about a girl learning to fit in someplace new, and the sweet romance she develops in the process, are very current themes that make this story relevant and important.
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