Perfect by Rachel Joyce

I absolutely loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, so when I saw the author, Rachel Joyce, had written another book, I had to read it. I even broke my ‘no hardback’ rule especially (because who wants to pay hardback prices really if you can just wait a few months?!).

Perfect is the story of two boys, Byron and James, in 1972. In that year, two seconds were added to time. And Byron’s mums has an accident. From that point on, everything starts to unravel for the boys. Were the two seconds to blame?

The book alternates between 1972 and the present day, in which one of the characters is now a middle-aged man.

It is a beautifully written book about friendship, family, a boy’s love for his mother and mental health. The adult character has struggled with his mental health for many years and has spent years in an institution. And in 1972, the reader sees what Byron doesn’t see, his own mum’s rapid descent into mental ill-health.

I really enjoyed this book. It was upsetting without being overly challenging or disturbing. One to ask Father Christmas for, I think!


Author: Sarah Mummy

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