Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review: Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan

Blurb from Goodreads:
Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends can get out of Houston and get to New York City, the better. Art school has been Piper's dream her whole life, and now that senior year is halfway over, she's never felt more ready. But in the final months before graduation, things are weird with her friends and stressful with three different guys, and Piper's sister's tyrannical mental state seems to thwart every attempt at happiness for the close-knit Perish family. Piper's art just might be enough to get her out. But is she brave enough to seize that power when it means giving up so much? Debut author Kayla Cagan breathes new life into fiction in this dynamic, utterly authentic work featuring interior art from Rookie magazine illustrator Maria Ines Gul. Piper will have readers asking big questions along with her. What is love? What is friendship? What is family? What is home? And who is a person when she's missing any one of these things?
My Review:
This was different but I liked it.  I could understand that it would not work for some readers -- it is very stream of consciousness and told completely in diary entries so if you need a clear plot, it may need be for you-- but I liked it a lot.  Piper Perish was a great character and I thought she seemed very genuine. I wasn't expecting so much family, and particularly sibling, tumult but it felt real. This book raises and addresses some very important issues and I like that nothing was black and white but that it allowed for shades of gray, which felt much more authentic to me.  The illustrations lost a bit in the e-ARC but I bet that a hardcover version of this book would be beautiful!

Piper Perish came out earlier this month on March 8, 2017 and you can purchase HERE. I definitely recommend this one if you like quirky contemporary YA that is told in a bit of a unconventional manner.
I dragged all the way home, knowing nobody could possibly understand an inch of my pain. Nobody. I no longer belonged to Enzo. He no longer belonged to me. And something about dating me had made him choose a boy. It didn't matter if I was pretty or talented or that we had been friends forever. We were ruined. We couldn't even be real friends anymore, which killed the most. He'd lied to me about Philip being at his house. He'd lied to me about being . . . himself. How much more lying was I supposed to take? Real friends were supposed to be honest.


  1. I passed one his one but maybe I should have gotten it!! Will have to add to my TBR. Great review!!

  2. Oh I'm glad I read this review because now I know for sure that if I stumble upon this one in a bookstore I'd definitely buy it. Especially the "very stream of consciousness and told completely in diary entries" part makes me pretty sure it would be my thing. Thank you!

  3. I really really respect authors that bring some serious issues to life, especially when they don't sugar coat it.

  4. I've seen this one around so much! The cover really is pretty. I love when a book can be realistic and includes serious issues so I'll have to keep an eye on it.
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

  5. Diary entries can be tricky but it sounds like this wasn't too bad at all, glad you did enjoy it.


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