Perfect

From the author of the international bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, comes another exquisite and emotionally resonant novel about the search for the truth and unconditional love.On a foggy spring morning in 1972, twelve year old Byron Hemming and his mother are driving to school in the English countryside On the way, in a life changing two seconds, an aFrom the author of the international bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, comes another exquisite and emotionally resonant novel about the search for the truth and unconditional love.On a foggy spring morning in 1972, twelve year old Byron Hemming and his mother are driving to school in the English countryside On the way, in a life changing two seconds, an accident occurs Or does it Byron is sure it happened, but his mother, sitting right next to him in the car, has no reaction to it Over the course of the days and weeks that follow, Byron embarks on a journey to discover what really happened or didn t that fateful morning when everything changed It is a journey that will take him a loveable and cloistered twelve year old boy with a loveable and cloistered twelve year old boy s perspective on life into the murkier, difficult realities of the adult world, where adults lie, fathers and mothers fight without words, and even unwilling boys must become men By the end, Byron will finally reconcile the dueling realities of that summer, a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit and the power of compassion.
Perfect From the author of the international bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes another exquisite and emotionally resonant novel about the search for the truth and unconditional love On

  • Title: Perfect
  • Author: Rachel Joyce
  • ISBN: 9780812993301
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Perfect”

    1. 2.5 stars Byron Hemming's friend James informs him that two seconds are being added to the year. James knows all kinds of facts so Bryon becomes obsessed with the fact. It will mess everything up. You just can't mess with time. Two seconds are huge. It's the difference between something happening and something not happening. You could take one step too many and fall over the edge of a cliff. It's very dangerous.On the way to school that morning that Bryan thinks the time is being added his mom i [...]

    2. I was charmed and emotionally wrenched many times with this coming of age tale combined with that of a middle-aged man trying to evolve past his mental illness. So many passages shone with the special aura of truth. In other ways the plot elements felt a bit too “precious.”The story slowly connects the story of a ten-year old boy, Byron, trying to correct the unhappiness in his mother’s life in 1972 with that of Jim, a lonely middle-aged man beset with obsessive compulsive disorder in the [...]

    3. Being a fan of Rachel Joyce's other work (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry & The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy), I had high hopes for this one.Unfortunately I was left feeling underwhelmed, which is a shame as the premise is a fascinating one: how life can turn on a sixpence within the blink of an eye; in this case within the space of two leap seconds, which were added to time in the year 1972.Perfect is incredibly sad, but it's also ponderous; it truly lacks pizzazz and needs some va-v [...]

    4. Great literary dramas strive on understatement. From the first few pages of Rachel Joyce's nearly perfect Perfect, we know there will be tragedy. We know it will affect two children in traumatic ways. But the author leads us on oh so slowly, giving us bits and pieces as we need them. We are given a tantalizing premise at the first page. In 1972, James Lowe tells his best friend Byron Hemmings, that 2 seconds were added onto time to keep it in sync with the earth's movement. What James accepts as [...]

    5. Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell says:

      Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestHave you ever picked up a book to find that it wasn't what you expected? PERFECT was that for me. It was really difficult to get into, but the beautiful writing and dual narrative were oddly compelling. More so when you start to see how the concept of "perfect" ties into the adult man, Jim, who is ruled by his OCD and the demons from his past, and Byron, the child of WASP-y parents whose lives are torn apart because of a tragedy.It's been a while [...]

    6. I received an advance copy of this book through a GoodReads contest. My thanks to the author.I opened the book… read a few pages… closed the book. Opened the book… read a few pages… closed the book. You get the idea? I just couldn’t get into the story. It seemed to go and on, and I could see where the main part of the story was headed, and it seemed to be CRAWLING to get there. It was an awfully long way to go to get to the payoff at the end (for the other part of the dual story).I sta [...]

    7. I absolutely loved Rachel Joyce’s debut novel ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’, so I was excited to start her latest one. And as it often goes with books you’re really excited about: some of my hopes were satisfied, some a bit less. But that doesn’t change the fact that this is a really nice book that many people will enjoy reading.Two alternating stories are being told in this novel. The most interesting one takes place in 1972, the year that two seconds were going to be added [...]

    8. Astonishing book, I'm in tears after literally just finishing it, this book punched me in the stomach and took emotions to another place. I have rarely cried reading a book, interestingly Rachel Joyce's first novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry did too.I won't repeat the book synopsis here but the book is magical, the writing is sublime. It is a book to please persist with, it can seem slow going in places but when all the pieces of the story interweave together it will be worth it, I p [...]

    9. Eleven-year-old Byron Hemmings becomes anxious when his friend James tells him that two seconds are going to be added to the clock to compensate for the 1972 leap year. Fretting about this when his mother Diana is driving him to upscale Winston House school one morning, Byron is sure his watch has moved backward. He insists on showing Diana the watch, which causes her to swerve her Jaguar and hit a young girl on Digby Street - a neighborhood of working class people. Unaware of what's happened Di [...]

    10. 1.5 out of 5.There are two alternating parallel narratives in this novel that eventually intersect. Pacing is an issue. ¾ of the novel moves at a snail’s pace while the last ¼ is rushed. The conclusion, although satisfactory (in that it wraps up the storyline), is too tidy to be realistic.Character development is stiff – As a result, the unfolding of events don’t quite fit together. The literary devices used to move the story forward are gimmicky, forced and deliberately misleading. All [...]

    11. How many times have we convinced ourselves that we'd only missed a change so profound to our lives by a few second? Or that if only we'd been somewhere at a certain time could our luck have gone differently? This is the idea that cripples Byron Hemmings when he's sure that the 2 seconds added on to time have caused a chain reaction of events that forever change his life. Rachel Joyce's Perfect explores time and how it affects us all. Good or bad.In June of 1972, Byron's overactive imagination co [...]

    12. This is the story of two young boys, a dysfunctional family and how a small event rippled out to affect lives over the next few decades.The two boys, Byron and James are intrigued by the announcement that time is going to be advanced by two seconds to account for the slight difference the Earth's rotation and the length of a year. Byron becomes obsessed with how this will affect his life and when his mother Diana has an accident at the time he believes the seconds are added, events in his life s [...]

    13. First, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a big thank you to FirstReads and Random House for providing an advance copy of PERFECT in exchange for an honest review. I was thrilled to win this book since I loved Ms. Joyce's debut book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye.Rachel Joyce deserves applause for not going back to the well. PERFECT is an entirely different book, revealing the versatility of this author. And indeed, I expect it WILL be Perfect for some readers. My personal reading expe [...]

    14. In 1972 two seconds were added to time, to bring the clock back into line with the movement of the earth. Now two seconds might not seem like very much at all, but they could be very important. Byron was eleven years old, and he knew that.“Two seconds are huge. It’s the difference between something happening and something not happening. It’s very dangerous.” He was right, of course. Two seconds can make all the difference; for better or for worse.Byron and his best friend James talked it [...]

    15. If I was a really shitty critic I’d begin this review by saying something pithy like:It’s the brave author who decides to call their book Perfect. Instead I’d rather show you why I loved this book so much:"‘I know what I’m doing Byron, I don’t need help’. Every word of Lucy’s sounded like a neat little attack on the air."There’s something just a little bit perfect about that turn of phrase. a neat little attack on the air… Those seven words not only say something about the co [...]

    16. This book was not what I expected at all. I requested a copy of this title from Net Galley, based on the literary praise the author received for her prior novel. I often enjoy British authors, as their tone and writing style is different that that of American writers. Overall, I found the book to be confusing, disjointed and overall depressing. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a variety of fiction and depressing doesn't automatically tank a book for me, but in this case, it was depressing without red [...]

    17. Two boys, two seconds, two women, one incident and Byron's world slowly implodes. 1972 and Byron Hemming is a normal young lad to middle class parents and has a best friend named James Lowe who Byron thinks is the cleverest boy in school. Everything in Byron's world is going fine until James tells him about the announcement that 2 seconds were being added to time. This seemingly innocuous event would be the start of a gradual disintegration of his mental health. He become's obsessed with this an [...]

    18. Byron and James were school friends in 1972 England who connected with their shared intelligence and sensitivity. Byron always looked up to James, and their peers hung on every word he'd say. James seemed a bit fragile and eccentric, as if he bore a weight with his added knowledge. When James told Byron that he'd read in a newspaper that two seconds would be added that year, Byron fretted about it. A lot can happen in two seconds. In Byron's mind it was responsible for a crucial event that chang [...]

    19. I was one of many fans of RJ's previous work The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. If you where not a fan of this book please do not be put off reading this book as it is totally different in many ways. For me I read this in 3 days, and each time I picked the book up I was transported straight away into this world I was reading on paper.The story follows two protagonists, Byron who is a 11 year old boy telling us of the events of one fateful summer in 1972 which revolves around him being told f [...]

    20. Τζέιμς, Μπάιρον, Τζιμ συν 2 δευτερόλεπτα Τι κοινό μπορούν να έχουν?2 άνθρωποι του χτες, 1 άνθρωπος του παρόν και 2 δευτερόλεπτα να πλανιούνται στον αέρα.Ντάιαν, Μπέβερλι και Τζίνι 3 άνθρωποι του χτες κρίκοι της ιστορίας.Δεν ενθουσιάστηκα τόσο πολύ με την ιστορία του βιβλίου. Τε [...]

    21. I won’t be at all surprised if ‘Perfect’ isn’t the book that gets people talking this summer. Rachel Joyce’s first novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was hugely successful and popular last year – deservedly so, I loved it too. I was delighted therefore to receive this review copy of Rachel Joyce’s new novel and have been looking forward to it.This is certainly a novel to read with a lump in the throat – and a tear in the eye. There were moments I smiled too – rather wr [...]

    22. “Sometimes it is easier, he thinks, to live out the mistakes we have made than to summon the energy and imagination to repair them”Perfect is the second novel by bestselling British author, Rachel Joyce. In the heat of the 1972 English summer, Byron Hemmings, an intense and thoughtful eleven-year-old boy, is worried. His best friend (and the smartest boy in school), James Lowe has told him two seconds are to be added to time. He understands it is necessary, but can’t shake a feeling of ter [...]

    23. A slightly difficult one to form an overall impression of - unlike a number of disappointments in recent times where the set-up of the story was great but the denouement poor, this to me was the other way round. The first two hundred and fifty (or so) pages were frustratingly meandering with little to anchor together separate strands, but the ending did pull this novel up by its bootlaces. As with 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry', this book was set up by an unlikely reaction to a happenin [...]

    24. I thoroughly enjoyed Rachel Joyce’s first novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold fry and eagerly awaited a second book by this talented author. Perfect is the title of this second offering and I have to say that I enjoyed it as much as the first.The story is set in two different time zones; the spring and summer of 1972 and the present, with the some of the characters featuring in both zones. As the story unfolds, it eventually becomes obvious that there will be some merging of the two stran [...]

    25. This book is not perfect but it is a good read, once you get into it. For the first chapter or so I wasn’t convinced, but then in its sneaky way it drew me in. Byron and James, are two 11-year-olds attending Winston House School. James shares information with Byron that at some point two seconds will be added to time. Byron keeps waiting for it to happen. When it does, he cannot believe the difference it makes in the life of his mother Diana and ultimately in his life as well.The book alternat [...]

    26. This was a book that I wasn't sure I would like as it seemed very dark and the characters seemed somewhat vague (mainly because the story is told from the viewpoint of a child), and, quite frankly, I might not have continued if we weren't having a Skype discussion with the author today [Dec 18]. Turned out I was glad I continued as I really liked it by the time I finished and even got a little weepy at the end. Joyce did a masterful job at creating interesting characters with many flaws, and her [...]

    27. It took me a really long time to finish this book. I kept putting it aside in favor of more interesting fare. I was especially disappointed because I enjoyed Rachel Joyce's first book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, so much that I ordered this book from the UK when it was first published. I didn't want to wait for the US publication date. But, woe is me. The story seemed promising at first, but quickly became disturbing. The characters are exceptionally flawed with a panoply of psycholog [...]

    28. Another wonderful book by Rachel Joyce, now one of my most favorite authors. The tone she uses seems authentic for her characters and the place and time of the storyI went back to share several passages with friends just because they were so well written. The characters are believable, and while I was not expecting any surprises, I was pleasantly surprised every time something happened that caught me off guard. I was in awe occasionally, sometimes smiling at the turn of events, and crying at oth [...]

    29. Strangely unique, or brilliantly twisted drama that slowly unfolds, crumb by crumb to leave me speechless, Perfect by Rachel Joyce doesn’t fit neatly into a prescribed genre and I love authors who color outside the lines with bold strokes! Scientists have decided that there must be two seconds added to time, no big deal, right? But for young Byron, those two seconds were enough time to have his life slowly implode around him, mentally overpowering his sense of well-being and ease. But were the [...]

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