Perfect Read Online Free - In 1972, two seconds were added to time. It was in order to balance clock time with the movement of the earth. Byron Hemming knew this because James Lowe had told him and James was the cleverest boy at school. But how could time change? The steady movement of hands around a clock was as certain as their golden futures.
Then Byron's mother, late for the school run, makes a devastating mistake. Byron's perfect world is shattered. Were those two extra seconds to blame? Can what follows ever be set right?
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April 21, 2015
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...
February 14, 2014
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 connec...
June 21, 2017
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 b...
December 03, 2013
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...
December 10, 2016
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Have 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...
August 04, 2015
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 wher...
January 02, 2014
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 ni...
May 12, 2017
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 ha...
January 12, 2014
1.5 out of 5.
There are two alternating parallel narratives in this novel that eventually intersect. Pacing is an issue. of the novel moves at a snail’s pace while the last is rushed. The conclusion, although satisfactory (in that it wraps up the storyline), is too tidy to be realistic.
January 01, 2014
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...