|“||You don't have to be good to be perfect.||”|
— Quote of the Book
The Perfectionists is the first book of the book series of the same name, written by Sara Shepard. The book chronicles the story of five girls with nothing in common but a desire to strive for perfection. But to be perfect, one has to have a good alibi than to fall for a misplaced implication.
Book Cover Summary
Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie and Parker are all driven to be perfect—no matter the cost. At first, the girls think they have nothing in common, until they discover that they all hate the same person: handsome womanizer Nolan Hotchkiss, who's done things to hurt each of them. They come up with the perfect plan to murder Nolan—jokingly, of course. They'd never actually go through with it. But when Nolan turns up dead in the exact way they'd discussed, the girls suddenly become prime suspects in his murder. Only, they didn't do it. So who did? Unless they find the real killer, and soon, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.
Parker, Ava, Caitlin, Julie, and Mackenzie are all at Nolan Hotchkiss' house for the biggest party of the year, only in different with their respective friends. All voice their distaste and hatred for Nolan, so when Mackenzie gets a text from her new friend Caitlin. All five girls meet up after the text. Mackenzie can't believe they're going to do what they're going to do next. Caitlin asks if she's backing out, but Mackenzie and the other girls say no. They look at the crowd, where Nolan is greeting his guests heartily and already playing with girls' hearts. "Let's do this," Ava says as the five girls head towards Nolan.
The party continued to rage through the night. But the morning after, Nolan is discovered dead in the upper floor by a junior. EMTs and their respective ambulances, along with law enforcement arrive. Later, Nolan's parents arrive as well, but by then everyone is town knows about Nolan's death, and it is assumed he died partying hard. The girls, however, are shocked - Julie's throat closed, Ava was in a state of denial, Mackenzie burst into tears while Caitlin felt sorry for his family and Parker went to the docks to stare at the water.
The book contains thirty-seven chapters, as well as an epigraph, prologue and a pre-chapter "Five days later" at the beginning of the book. At the back of the book, it contains an excerpt, prologue, and first two chapters from the sequel, The Good Girls.