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Review: Perfect Peace by Daniel Black

by Kristeena
Review: Perfect Peace by Daniel BlackPerfect Peace by Daniel Black
Published by St. Martin's Press on March 16th 2010
Genre: Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 341
Challenge Theme: A book with alliteration in the title

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When the seventh child of the Peace family, named Perfect, turns eight, her mother Emma Jean tells her bewildered daughter, “You was born a boy. I made you a girl. But that ain’t what you was supposed to be. So, from now on, you gon’ be a boy. It’ll be a little strange at first, but you’ll get used to it, and this’ll be over after while.”

From this point forward, his life becomes a bizarre kaleidoscope of events. Meanwhile, the Peace family is forced to question everything they thought they knew about gender, sexuality, unconditional love, and fulfillment.

I really wanted to love this book, unfortunately that was not the case. I will say the beginning I enjoyed, it really pulled me in but then slowly it started to lose my interest. I liked the idea of the story of Perfect, however the author did not do the best job of telling it. That story could have very well been the main part of the book but about halfway through the author tried to bring in way too many of the other character’s stories. It got very convoluted. It also skipped around all over the place at times and it just didn’t flow when it happened. I will say I loved the characters, even with their flaws. They were the only part that saved this book for me. The author could have very easily made a few books about the members of the Peace family, focusing more on each member of the family, and I probably would have enjoyed them more. It was a struggle to finish it. I see a lot of people enjoyed this book, maybe I am missing something, but I definitely don’t agree with the high rating on Goodreads. Final verdict: skip.

Favorite Quotes:
“Sometimes you have to grow up before you appreciate how you grew up.”

“Sometimes, when people think they’re putting obstacles in your path, they’re actually laying your stepping-stones. You just gotta recognize them as one and the same.”

“Denial makes people repeat what they aren’t willing to acknowledge.”

“By figuring out how the experience can help you move forward. That’s the point of why it happened to you in the first place. There’s something you’re suppose to get from the moment that’ll get you closer to your mission if you can see it. Most people can’t.”

“Evidence doesn’t always convince people of the truth, […] especially when the lie is what they prefer.”

“If you different, be different. People’ll get used to it. They ain’t got no other choice.”

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