Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan

Posted 7 March, 2017 by Paige in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

I received the following book from The Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Piper Perish by Kayla CaganPiper Perish by Kayla Cagan
Published by Chronicle Books on March 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Source: The Publisher via Netgalley
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Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends can get out of Houston and get to New York City, the better. Art school has been Piper's dream her whole life, and now that senior year is halfway over, she's never felt more ready. But in the final months before graduation, things are weird with her friends and stressful with three different guys, and Piper's sister's tyrannical mental state seems to thwart every attempt at happiness for the close-knit Perish family. Piper's art just might be enough to get her out. But is she brave enough to seize that power when it means giving up so much? Debut author Kayla Cagan breathes new life into fiction in this dynamic, utterly authentic work featuring interior art from Rookie magazine illustrator Maria Ines Gul. Piper will have readers asking big questions along with her. What is love? What is friendship? What is family? What is home? And who is a person when she's missing any one of these things?

Piper Perish is an imaginative YA debut from page one – I couldn’t put it down! At times, to be honest, I wasn’t really fond of Piper because I wanted her to widen her horizons and see a bit more from some of the other characters’ perspectives, but she changed and grew as a person throughout the novel. That’s one of the things I loved about Kayla Cagan’s writing – she really made me believe that Piper Perish was a real teenage girl, and I was truly pulled in so much that I felt like I was part of the story. Piper Perish has a real coming of age feel to it as Piper makes decisions about what path she wants to be on and comes to realizations about herself, and her family. My only complaint is that the ending felt so abrupt, not in a bad way –  I enjoyed it – I just wish that it hadn’t ended because Piper’s story is only just beginning. I would LOVE to read more of her adventures, and I look forward to whatever Kayla Cagan’s sophomore novel might be!

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