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 s...

Title:In a Perfect World
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ISBN:1481479881
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:294 pages

In a Perfect World Reviews

  • Danielle (Love at First Page)

    My 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 pairing as I expected to be, although they had some swe

    My 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 pairing as I expected to be, although they had some sweet scenes! Also, a shoutout to the happily married parents in this book - we need more of that in YA. :)

  • Miranda Kenneally

    So good.

  • Ginger at GReadsBooks.com

    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 understood her frustrations of being a yo

    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 understood her frustrations of being a young girl, in a culture so different than her own. The romance in this story is full of swoons & innocence, that only Trish Doller can deliver in just the right amount of doses.

    Add this book to your 2017 TBR. It's one not to miss!

  • 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 family dynamics on both sides and the romance is s

    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 family dynamics on both sides and the romance is so freaking swoony it made my heart ache---in a good way. I had to read the last chapter twice because the first time through was little too blurry, and because it made me so damn happy!

    READ. IT.

  • Kelly

    If you liked ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS but want it set in Cairo and with a main character who is entirely aware of her privilege, this is your winner. This love story is packed with sweetness and tenderness and the reality of life in a foreign, politically-challenged country. Great writing, excellent setting. I will read anything Trish Doller writes.

  • maybelline ⚓

    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.

    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 and its people.

    Now that’s all great and awesome and every

    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.

    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 and its people.

    Now that’s all great and awesome and everything in between, buuuuutttt, there were some really,

    comments from Caroline.

    rEALLY??!!??

    My eye is twitching.

    Mhmmmmm, do you always use people’s culture’s against them or ??

    So yes, I COMPLETELY understand that Caroline is going through culture shock and having to leave her home and family and friends was hard for her, but I just felt like she was REALLY insensitive to the Egyptian culture at times. And I got the vibe that everything she said was kinda backhanded idk.

    Like girl, no one is going to blame you for being curious or asking question, but you gotta stop passing such harsh judgement on the natives because this is their life and culture and traditions and like you, they’ve been accustomed to this for generations, so like plz stop dissing everything that doesn’t make perfect sense to you. Thanks.

    TO BE FAIR, Caroline did grow a lot throughout her trip and nearing the end of the book, she had a huge change of heart and was even defending Muslims to her friend who also kinda pissed me off but yes yes that’s all nice and sappy, thank goodness for character development.

    Besides that ish, I did really enjoy parts of the book, especially the parts where the author accurately captured Egyptian life and the parts that showed that strong, positive family representation, both with the American families and the Egyptians. That was pretty great.

    There was also lots of political talk that was brought it but hoo boy, I’m not getting into that bc **politics** aren’t my cup of tea but like y’all should be aware

    Also, soccer !! talk !! That’s a big pro in my book (even if they were talking about English teams)

    Anndddd again, the ending was v cliché. I honestly thought it would be a more realistic ending but nahhh, gotta get that sap in.

    Anyways, a decent book, and even though the writing was kinda juvenile and filled with dialogue, it definitely had its charming moments.

    I still wanna marry the cover.

    2.5 stars!!

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    i've been meaning to read this for the past 3 months but ish keeps getting in the way

    if the book is anything like the cover, I should be more than content

  • 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 from being perfect.

    This novel is a must read if yo

    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 from being perfect.

    This novel is a must read if you are planning on visiting Cairo. I think that its aimed at teenagers or very young adults but older readers will also appreciate the great work done by Trish Doller.

  • 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 annoyed me to no end. Whenever Islam or something re

    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 annoyed me to no end. Whenever Islam or something regarding Muslims was brought up I found myself frowning and wondering if it was something like a backhanded compliment, because a lot of it felt like it. The story also got a bit political and there were bombings mentions of terrorism. I'm sure the author had good intentions, but as a faithful and proud Muslim, I'm really not sure where I stand with this novel, which just makes me feel a bit meh about this.


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