Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 23, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Hardcover, 294 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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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 and her 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.
It’s been ages since I picked up one of Trish Doller’s books and, truth be told, I’m pretty much kicking myself for not reading In a Perfect World sooner after it was released. It was a gorgeous book. I loved this look at the Egyptian culture and the Muslim religion and, of course, the romance.
Caroline was an interesting character. She was totally out of her element in her new life in Egypt, but she really was trying to embrace it as much as she could. There were missteps, sure. Sometimes she said or thought things that made me cringe, but I think those flaws are part of why I enjoyed her character and this book as much as I did. None of us are perfect. We can all do better at times. Watching Caroline adapt to her new surroundings and truly grow as a result of her experiences was a good reminder of that.
In a Perfect World was about more than romance, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it. Adam was amazing. It was a joy watching things develop between them, even if I knew it would have to come to an end at some point. Which, yes, made me really sad. I loved their connection and how they learned from each other. It really was a beautiful thing, even if others (like his family) might not have felt the same way. Feels for days, you guys. I won’t spoil the end for you, but I will say I was pleasantly surprised by how things wrapped up and there were totally tears of a happy nature involved.
This book was the winner of My TBR List in August. I should’ve posted this review last Saturday, but I thought there was one more Saturday left in the month and I didn’t start the book in time. Whoops! That said, once I did start reading this one, I couldn’t stop. I read it in a single day, in one sitting more or less. I laughed, I swooned, I FELT. I loved seeing Egypt through Caroline’s eyes. Trish knocked it out of the park with this book.
“The whole world’s pretty messed up, isn’t it?”
“Perhaps. But there is also kindness everywhere.”
“The devil does not whisper things you do not wish to hear; he tells you a beautiful story that you want to believe.”
Have you read In a Perfect World?
Do you plan to?