Top positive review
on 6 December 2017
This is a masterful evocation of coming of age. As the anxieties and observations of Byron, a young boy, are expertly laid bare, the mysteries surrounding his mother deepen. Byron and his friend James embark on an operation to unravel things, only to find that other mysteries turn up.
‘Perfect’ has the unmistakeable funny and moving narrative voice of Rachel Joyce. Featuring mystery, misunderstanding, guilt, jealousy and the triumph of kindness, it is more than the sum of its parts. Starting in the 1970s and spanning several decades, it is also a sympathetic look at class division and social change and the vulnerability of those caught between two social classes. With observations so astute and clear-cut that they fit into place like pieces of a jigsaw, it is difficult to pin down exactly what will make you smile and what will bring a lump to your throat in this wonderfully gripping book. You simply have to read it. And when you do, you won’t be able to stop.