Judging books by their covers: Books with ‘perfect’ in the title

books with perfect in the title

If you Google book titles with the word “perfect” in them, you’ll find almost everything imaginable. The Perfect… family, girlfriend, nanny, book, tree, house, mother… you get the picture! We tried to curate a list with some titles you may not be familiar with, but our guess is that you’ll find all of these selections to be, um, pretty perfect! From YA, women’s fiction, suspense, memoir and self-help, enjoy these 12 perfect reads with the word ‘perfect’ in the title!

The Perfect Cupcake: A Momoir by Lynn Bodnar

When Lynn Bodnar unexpectedly gets pregnant with a bonus baby at 43, she has to start parenting all over again. This is the true story of motherhood at an advanced maternal age, and how the author broke free from cultural expectations and mom-shaming to get to the other side. Laugh, cringe, cry – you’ll do it all when you read this perfect ‘momoir’ about being an authentic mom.


Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown

In this dual narrative novel, Alice finds a vintage cookbook in their new home, complete with personal notes and unsent letters. She starts cooking her way through the cookbook and discovers clues about the mysterious owner of the book that oddly parallels her own life. When Alice learns something sinister through reading the cookbook, she must figure out a way to protect herself and keep her own few secrets.


Present, Not Perfect: A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Loving Who You Are by Aimee Chase

Slow down and stop trying to be perfect. In this frantic world we live in, many of us self-impose the idea that we have to be perfect. This journal and illustrated guide will show you how to reconnect to your inner self and contemplate what’s important to you and your family. Be present, not perfect.


Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Four high school seniors are the stars in this story by bestselling author Ellen Hopkins. Cara is dealing with her parents’ unrealistic expectations and her twin brother’s suicide. Kendra desires a perfect face and body, and will implement surgery and drugs to get it. Sean struggles with perfection on the baseball field. Andre wants to follow his heart despite his ancestors not understanding. How far will these four go to achieve their goals to reach perfection?


Perfect Chaos: A Daughter’s Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother’s Struggle to Save Her by Linea Johnson and Cinda Johnson

When Linea Johnson was diagnosed with bipolar, her world and her family’s was turned upside-down. Psych wards, trial drugs and electroshock therapy became their lives, and through it all, her family never gave up as Linea tried to fight her way back to a happy life. This is a mother-daughter story about mental illness, hope, trust, courage and the love that got one family through dark times.


I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

When Julia’s sister Olga dies in a tragic accident in Chicago, their family is shattered. They are all distraught over Olga’s death and don’t know how to cope, her mother taking her grief out on Julia. When Julia discovers that maybe Olga wasn’t the perfect Mexican daughter, she and her two closest friends set out to learn more of Olga’s story.


Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg

Allison Smith is very happy with her life – she lives with her widowed father and spends time with her best friends in her small town. When she applies to college, a huge secret is discovered through the application process: she’s not really Allison Smith. When her world comes crashing down on her, she’ll have to figure out if her whole life before has been a lie, and what her future will look like.


The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen

When Tessa’s family moves into Newport Cove, she is looking forward to settling into her new quiet neighborhood. Although she is reserved, she is friendly with the neighbors, who are all dealing with something. Kellie has gone back to work after a decade of being home. Susan is trying to make better decisions, and Gigi’s dealing with a moody teen and a husband who is running for Congress. As the neighbors get to know one another, they start to notice that Tessa is keeping her distance, and that she might be keeping some secrets of her own.


Picture Perfect Lies by Mia Hayes

When Veronica’s husband has a very public affair, she fears her ideal life is over and decides to regroup by going to Morocco alone, where she will try to convince her friends through Instagram that she is completely fine without Pete. She figures she will fake it till she makes it and when she meets Oz, an adventurous world traveler, maybe she might believe it to be true.


The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland

When Gemma Ballantine’s six-year-old daughter disappears out their front door, she is – as any mother would be – frantic with worry. But all things are back to normal when her mother-in-law finds Katie lost a few streets away. Now that her youngest child is home, the worry and fear is over. But is it? Actually, it’s the beginning of her perfect family falling apart.


As Long As It’s Perfect by Lisa Tognola

When Janie and her husband decide to build a new house, it isn’t exactly the perfect plan. They begin arguing about the tiniest of details and then when the economy crashes, they have to face reality. They can’t afford the new house, and they’ve been unable to sell the one they own. Will the family end up homeless as they navigate the stressful job of building a home, and in the meantime, will they be able to rebuild their marriage as well?


Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

When nine perfect strangers meet at a resort to sort through their personal issues, no one could imagine how the retreat will change them. Through pampering and meditation, these guests will get the answers they didn’t even know they were searching for. But then, once they discover what the Tranquillum House is all about, the guests begin to wonder if they should get out while they still can.

*Disclosure: The links above are affiliate links. These picks are editorially selected, but if you purchase, She Reads may get something in return. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. 

Stephanie Elliot

Stephanie Elliot writes for a variety of websites and magazines on topics such as parenting, mental health issues, relationships, and of course, books. She is an editor and book reviewer. Stephanie is also the author of the young adult novel, Sad Perfect, which was inspired by her own daughter’s journey with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and their three children. For more info, visit www.stephanieelliot.com.

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