Perfect Escape


How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Hate List
Bitter End


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.


I’ve come to realise that Jennifer Brown writes books about issues. So far, I’ve read Hate List and Bitter End and both were about controversial issues. Perfect Escape is about a boy who is suffering with OCD and the impact it has on his family. It also explores the sibling relationship really well. I thought Perfect Escape was a touching and poignant story. It’s character driven and thought-provoking. It really made me appreciate how straight forward life is without OCD.

As I mentioned, the characters drive this book. They’re easy to relate to. Kendra feels like she has to be perfect to make up for her brother’s troubles. This of course, causes her much stress and pressure. Kendra makes mistakes, and instead of facing up to them, she runs away, taking her brother with her, hoping that by putting him in tough situations it’ll help with his OCD. I felt a connection with Kendra, even though nothing has ever happened to me, like it happened to her, but she just felt so real.

Grayson. Oh. 😦 I pitied Kendra for feeling like she had to be perfect to make her parents happy, but I also felt for Grayson. It made me appreciate how hard life is for someone with such extreme OCD. There’s a particular moment in the book where Grayson and Kendra open up to each other, explaining how hard their lives are because of the OCD. It was heart-breaking.

Perfect Escape shows how Kendra and Grayson deal with their issues, both mental and physical through the road trip they go on. I wasn’t sure at any point how it was going to end up. Would they get to California and meet up with their friend? Would Grayson get better? Would Kendra be less hard on herself? I didn’t know, and I won’t tell you, so it doesn’t ruin your journey with the book.

I’m so in love with Jennifer Brown’s writing. I can’t wait to read her latest book A Thousand Words which should be winging its way to me soon.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!


4 thoughts on “Perfect Escape

  1. I’ve read Torn Away, but Perfect Escape sounds even better! I’ll definitely be getting the rest of her books someday. The only problem is – I don’t know which one to start with!

    • I really want to read Torn Away and A Thousand Words. I’m making it my mission to make my way through Jennifer Brown’s books. I haven’t read a bad one yet. Hate List is about a shooting at a school. It could be quite hard going for you, as I know you work in education, like I do. It’s a good book though. Bitter End is about domestic violence which is also an incredibly hard topic. I really admire the way she tackles these issues.

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