19 October 2012

{Book Review} Object to Perfection

By: Me My Shelf And I | 19 October 2012 at 12:00 AM | | |

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Objection to Perfection
Author: Various Authors
Pages: 108
Source: Publisher
Release Date: July 23, 2012
Publisher: The Gentlemen Press
Rating: 4 Birds

This collection of short stories include a teen beauty queen who suffers a fate worthy of Narcissus, a robot considering his value within society and a statue who struggles with a hero status that is foisted upon it. What holds these stories together is the idea of perfection and our ability as members of society to conform to certain ideals that are often out of reach.
With a variety of different tales including interesting twists, Objection to Perfection is built around the beliefs and values of the next generation. It encourages the knowledge that while it is important to strive towards your own personal goals the idea of perfection is an illusion and in some ways unobtainable.

My Thoughts:

I chose to review OBJECTION TO PERFECTION simply because I LOVED the messages the authors were trying to make. I hate the world’s message that in order to be loved you must be perfect and that is why I really enjoyed reading short stories about how wrong that message is. Objection to Perfection is the first collection of short stories that I have reviewed so please forgive me if I don’t get this review just right.

The stories collected in OBJECTION TO PERFECTION aren’t something that can be read lightly. In every story there is a deeper meaning, a deeper message. If you want something light and fluffy this collection is not for you. However, if you are looking for stories that will make you think and question the ideals the world has put forth; you should definitely give this book a shot.

OBJECTION TO PERFECTION contains 21 short stories written by various authors. I was extremely surprised to find out that the stories are written by young people; one author is only 13! The reason I was so shocked was because not only were the stories well written, the stories also carried a message much more profound then what you would believe young teenagers to write.

The type of stories you will find in OBJECTION TO PERFECTION varies widely. There is a story about a man growing up in the early 1900’s that refused to kill in a time of war, a story of girl that was bullied, one about suicide, another about rape, all of them tying into the theme that no one is perfect and that you have to be happy with your imperfect self. Some of the stories broke my heart, others left me feeling empty, some disturbed me, and some made me experience all of those. Of course, there were some stories that I enjoyed more than others but as a whole I enjoyed reading it and found the message meaningful.

One of the stories that stood out to me the most was Just Graffiti by Daniel Edmonds. The story is told by a sixteen year old that had recently found love. He decided to write “a potentially lasting document of two people and their relationship” using graffiti. The boy says that it isn’t graffiti, it’s something more personal. The story ended with me wanting to know more about what happened in his relationship and why things ended the way they did.

Another story I enjoyed was Too Perfect by Georgia Campbell. This was a story I had to go back and reread just to make sure that I had gotten the story correct. Too Perfect was both heartbreaking and disturbing. I found myself thinking about the story long after I finished it and asking the question we all wonder when we can’t understand the answer we received: why?

Overall, I found OBJECTION TO PERFECTION to be a great collection of stories. They didn’t shy away from tough topics and delivered a message everyone needs to hear. However, I will say this again, OBJECTION TO PERFECTION is a not a book you should enter into lightly. Understand going in that there are deep messages and prepare yourself for learning something new about you.

 

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