In a Perfect World by Trish Doller

In a Perfect World

Caroline Kelly is excited to be spending her summer vacation working at the local amusement park with her best friend, exploring weird Ohio with her boyfriend, and attending soccer camp with the hope she’ll be her team’s captain in the fall.But when Caroline’s mother is hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo, Egypt, Caroline’s plans are upended. Caroline is now expected to spend her summer and her senior year in a foreign country, away from...

Details In a Perfect World

TitleIn a Perfect World
Release DateMay 23rd, 2017
PublisherSimon Pulse
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

Reviews In a Perfect World

  • emma
    "'[ISIS] oppose[s] anyone who does not follow the law as they see it,' Mr. Elhadad says. 'Even Muslims. Terrorists make no exceptions for anyone who does not believe exactly as they do.'"I think about asking him why Muslims don't come together to stop this from happening, but I think I already know what he would say. Too many people here in Cairo - and probably in all of Egypt and the other predominantly Muslim countries - are just trying to make...
  • may ❀
    Is there anything worse than a beautiful book that disappoints? Idk. . . probably not. So, *insert heavy sigh* I might just have to change my middle name to ‘conflicted’ bc it seems like the most honest thing to do. In a Perfect World is about an America girl who is set to spend her senior year in Egypt due to her mother’s new job. Foreign to the country and the culture, Caroline is surprised to find herself becoming attached to country an...
  • Fatima
    UHHH, so this was fun and interesting enough but too much of the dialogue and the MC's thoughts rubbed me the wrong way. This book talks about Islam and Muslims and our religious practices a lot, as well as the culture given that this is set in Egypt - I understood the MC's thought process and the fact that she was being forced to move to a completely new place with a whole different culture and new customs, but she was very judgmental and she an...
  • Ginger at
    I was not prepared for the journey this story took me on. Trish Doller has given us a gift with this one. I love the culture of Egypt as we're witnessing it for the first time through Caroline's young eyes. Though she is miles & miles away from her homeland, she comes to realize that we all share different variations of values, customs, dreams, & ideas. I really identified with her want to experience it all, while keeping an open mind. But I also...
  • Danielle (Love at First Page)
    3.5-4 starsMy favorite part about the book, surprisingly, was not the romance but the setting and the exploration of the Egyptian culture and Muslim faith. It's beautifully told and I found it all so captivating and well researched. Caroline has an easy voice, someone I could definitely relate to, and Adam was such a sweetheart! However, I did feel as if their romance was missing a certain spark, or depth? I wasn't as passionate about their pairi...
  • i.
    Delightful story about a teenage romance in the captivating city of Cairo. The writer describes vividly how what started as a cultural shock ended up in a beautiful love story. While you are reading, you feel that you can almost smell the food, listen to the cars blare their horns and hear the distant sound of a call to prayer.What really engages the reader is the sad fact that the story may well be based on real events, because our world is far ...
  • Jen
    My heart is so full right now! Dare I say this might be Trish Doller's best book yet? Yes. Yes, I will. She has done a beautiful job of showing how complicated life can be from all aspects: family, friends, love, religion, privilege, prejudice, and cultural expectations. It was a struggle not to devour Caroline's story in one sitting because I also wanted to savory every minute of it. And then I wanted to experience it all over again.I loved the ...
  • Miranda Kenneally
    So good.
  • nick
    Trish Doller did a great job at making Egypt and all the rich culture of the country come to life. The romance was sweet, despite the many obstacles the two had to face. I'm very happy with how this turned out!RTC
  • Brenda Waworga
    I guess its hard to write review when the book touched religions... all i can say is i love this book, it was fun and sweet and contained unussual issues on YA contemporary book about Christian and Muslim and terorist and also cultures...  which i think is very refreshingI think this book want to teach us to be more respectful to others religions and cultures and sometimes we need to accept major change can also lead us into a brand new amazin...
  •  ⇝LEAH⇜
    Love, love, love this gorgeous cover... ⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜ Plot: 4/5Main Characters: 4/5Secondary Characters: 4/5The Feels: 4/5The Pacing: 3/5Addictiveness: 3/5Theme or Tone: 4.3/5Flow (Writing Style): 3.5/5Backdrop (World Building): 4.5/5Originality: 4.5/5Book Cover: 5+ Beautiful!Ending: 4.5/5 Cliffhanger: Nope.Steam Factor 0-5: 1.5Setting: Cairo, AfricaSource: Kindle eBook (Library)Total: 3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B⇝My Thoughts⇜This is a bo...
  • Lori (Pure Imagination)
    Somehow Trish Doller’s books just keep getting more perfect. I’ve read all 4 of her books now and I’ve never once been disappointed. I think that I probably loved In a Perfect World as much as Something Like Normal, which is saying a lot because I loved that book.In a Perfect World has a lot of elements I love in a YA contemporary. A main character that’s taken out of her comfort zone. A breathtaking, swoon inducing love interest and an i...
  • Roxanne
    More like 3.5 stars, I'm thinking. It was good, interesting, really cool to get a modern look into an Egyptian city and culture, buuuuut... I felt a bit like I was reading a travelogue, or a journal, so I felt somewhat detached from the characters. It was mostly descriptions of places and events in a basic way, like "This happened, then that happened, then I went here and saw that, then I got sick, then something else happened." And I really didn...
  • Lindsey
    I enjoyed very few parts of this book. I really liked when they explained certain things in Egypt. But this was WAY too political and was not the light hearted read I was anticipating.
  • Estelle
    Trish does it again.Perfect travel companion -- except you will be a little distracted and want to read when you should be enjoying the sights, I guarantee you. This is a book I want to hand to so many people because I think especially in this particular time it reveals how much we have to learn about the traditions and the culture of others. Caroline's uneasiness, understanding the privilege of her and her family, getting over her homesickness a...
  • Emily
    This book was like taking a trip to Egypt and falling in love! What a beautiful, insightful, and fun read!
  • Jennifer
    ahhhhh yessss. that ending. 4.5 stars! review to come
  • Jillian Heise
    Another fantastic Trish Doller book, another book that kept me up late turning pages because I was sucked into the story from the start and needed to know how it would end. I shipped Caroline and Adam hard. The Cairo setting comes alive through Caroline's experiences and the Egyptian culture seeps through the pages. What I loved most is that it's a romantic book I could see many students loving, and totally appropriate for middle school readers, ...
  • Laura's Book Addiction
    "Kindness isn't a debt."I just want everyone to read In A Perfect World and love it as much as I do, I'm sitting here trying to write in words what this book made me feel and sum up what a beautiful book Trish has written. I'm shipping Caroline & Adam something fierce add in the perfectly described setting of Egypt and how certain subjects were handle and not glossed over. Along with a ending that had me crying happy tears. My first five star rea...
  • Wendy Mills
    This was such a beautiful book, in so many ways. I loved the vivid description of Egypt, and the romance between Caroline and Adam was real and heartfelt. Most importantly, it was a story about compassion and acceptance. This is a definitely a book we need right now.
  • Kim
    Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads. It's been ages since I picked up one of Trish Doller's books and, truth be told, I'm pretty much kicking myself for not reading In a Perfect World sooner after it was released. It was a gorgeous book. I loved this look at the Egyptian culture and the Muslim religion and, of course, the romance. Caroline was an interesting character. She was totally out of her element in her new life in Egypt, but...
  • Milly
    Love the maturity of the characters and their uncompromising love for one another. I love reading about life in Cairo, their food and culture! That bit about the hanging church and scuba diving in Alexandria both sounded pretty amazing! Those are definitely places I would love to visit!I love Caroline's relationship with her parents and how hers is with Adam as well! It's so sweet and so hopeful! It makes you want to root for them and for their r...
  • Emma
    Rating is more like 4.5 stars. I've tried Trish's previous books and didn't like them, so I didn't pay attention to this one at first. But I'm so glad I decided to give it a try after all, because this is such a wonderful book about another culture, love, and teenagers who are committed to their respective religions.
  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    I got to say, Trish Doller sure did her research. The way Caroline is experiencing Egypt makes me think Doller actually went to all those places. Really nice. I liked her parents. Romance? Not so much. But that's mostly because it wasn't as impressive as the world-building. Ending was too fairytale-ish. Wish it was more realistic. 3.5 stars
  • Jennifer
    "We make more money than we spend," Dad says. "If we can't use it to make other people's lives better, what's the point of having it?""Sometimes we have to do things we do not enjoy. Life is not always fair.""But sometimes I fear I will spend my life standing beside what I desire and not be allowed to have it."Soundtrack: Wherever We Are by Oh Gravity
  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    Adam, Caroline's dad, I'm full of swoons. Between my heart full of love and the important messages Trish gets across in her writing, this is a book everyone should read. Also I now what to go to Egypt. Review to come.