Perfect Escape

Perfect Escape
By Jennifer Brown
Published by Little Brown
Published on July 2012
Source: Finished Copy from Publisher

Summary taken from Goodreads:

Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines. The only way Kendra can stand out next to Grayson is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art -- until a cheating scandal threatens her flawless reputation.

Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all -- with enough distance, maybe she'll be able to figure everything out. But eventually, Kendra must stop running and come to terms with herself, her brother, and her past.

With undeniable grace and humor, acclaimed author Jennifer Brown explores OCD, the pressure for perfection, and the emotional highs and lows of a complex sibling relationship.

OCD runs in my family.  That is what originally drew me to this book.  I was curious to see what it would be like to read about a sibling and family relationship where one member has serious OCD problems.  This book didn't disappoint.  I thought the problems between the siblings were handled very wisely and respectfully. 

I didn't like Kendra to start out with.  I thought she was incredibly selfish and didn't seem to care much for the people around her.  As the story moves along, and more is revealed about why Kendra is making the choices that she is- I became much more sympathetic and engrossed in the story.  The author takes her time and doesn't put all of her cards on the table immediately.  We are left wondering with most of the side characters why Kendra has decided to run away and take her brother along for the ride.

The way that the author wrote Grayson's character felt very authentic and respectful.  I didn't feel like any sort of agenda was being pushed by the book.  The problems that Grayson and Kendra and even their family have are incredibly complex and not what you first thing.

Perfect Escape is not the most exciting book- it is mostly conversations.  But it is the kind of book that changes you- you become a better person for reading it. It may not be a book I read over and over again to escape life, but I am very glad I read it.

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