Book: “The Perfect Escape” by Suzanne Park
Genre: YA Romantic Comedy
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Five Word Description: Young, Nerdy, Adorable, Fun, Techy
Blogger’s Note: Thank you to the author and publisher for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“The Perfect Escape” is such a iconic YA novel! Looking for a summary of the book? Click here!
Let me start by saying, I truly loved the main characters Kate and Nate! The book is written from both of their viewpoints. This gives the reader insight as to the inner monologues and feelings from both main characters. It also makes the story extremely three dimensional with engaging characters that readers will identify with.
Let me tell you, these main characters are nerdy and I am HERE FOR IT! Author Suzanne Park nails what it is like to be a teenager in a technology driven world. Nate is in such a tailspin in terms of his nervousness around the new temporary escape room employee, Kate. His behavior and thought process is so lovable. Their first encounter is adorable and filled with the timeless awkwardness that comes along with being a love struck adolescent.
As a lover of YA, I’ve noticed recently that most young adult fiction includes more mature topics like sexuality and other more explicit content. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this book breezes over some of those topics rather than focusing on them. Reading this felt like reading a real novel written for young adults. Rather than pushing adult themes onto pubescent characters, this book features a more innocent approach while maintaining an entertaining mix of dialogue and character thoughts that will hook a diverse age range of readers. “The Perfect Escape” is exactly what the Young Adult genre should be!
With an endearing story and a quintessential cover, Suzanne Park’s novel, “The Perfect Escape” is a fabulous YA novel that should be on everyone’s radar!
Recommendations: This is a must read for people who enjoy the YA genre. Please note that it is not new adult, but rather written with a more wholesome approach to the characters and plot.
Blogger’s Note: I devoured the sections of the book that discussed the actual escape room and the behavior of participants. Park does a fabulous job of including humor throughout the book, and those sections are amazing!