Perfect Escape

Perfect Escape

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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 even in the midst of the road trip's flat tires, gas-station food stops, and detours to quirky roadside attractions, 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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, ©2012
ISBN: 9780316185578
Characteristics: 364 p. ; 22 cm.

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ChristchurchLib Jul 02, 2013

"Feeling overshadowed by her older brother Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines, Kendra is driven to perfectionism until her reputation is tarnished by a cheating scandal that compels her to flee with her troubled sibling at her side." July 2013 Teen Scene newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=650588

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sarahalston
Jun 10, 2013

This story was interesting and well-told with plenty of emotional decision-making and cross-country adventure. It was interesting to peer into the life of someone with OCD and someone who has to live with them.

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Jun 10, 2013

"Wouldn't that be awesome to come home with a giant T. rex head as a souvenir?"

Grayson rolled his eyes at me. "You can't just go find a dinosaur head," he answered. "It's not like they're lying on the side of the road waiting for someone to pick one up as a souvenir."

"How do you know?"

"Well, for starters, when they dug up the ground to lay the highway, they probably would have already found it."

"Maybe. You don't know."

He glared at me. "I do know. It's called logic. You're not going to find a dinosaur head out here."

"If I got out and found one, you'd feel like a real idiot right now," I countered. "How do you think the first guy who found a dinosaur head found it? By getting down on the ground and looking."

"Good luck. And it's called a skull, by the way. Not a head. And a T. rex skull would be way too big to take home as a souvenir."

"You have no imagination, Grayson."

"But I have logic."

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