A Perfect Ten
Perfection. That’s the key aim in Eva’s life. She works hard to be the girl all the other girls wish they could be: pretty, popular, smart and the queen of her gymnastics clique, the ‘Jimmies’. She seems to have it all.
But the arrival of new girl Patty threatens Eva’s perfect life and soon her mother’s in rehab, her father’s absent and her best friend seems more interested in snogging her brother than spending time with Eva. With her life quickly unravelling Eva clings to the one thing she can control, her weight. But no matter how strong her willpower is, the dark secret that Eva has worked so hard to conceal seems determined to reveal itself …
My notes on A Perfect Ten…
Having been a teacher for many years I recognise that bullying is a problem that many teenagers have to deal with on a daily basis. Unusually, I wanted to explore bullying from the point of view of the bully herself. Enter the world of school, home and gymnastics to find out what drives Eva to be so spiteful.
Winner of the YoungMinds Book Award 2009
Shortlisted for the Kernow Youth Book Awards 2010
A Perfect Ten' is smartly written, exploring the intriguing motives behind bullying and eating disorders. Testament to great writing shines through the believable characters in realistic situations... Combine Chris Higgins flair for genuine insight with the comic charm of her perceptive narrative and we may have the new queen of bitter sweet teenage fiction.
(John Lloyd, Waterstone’s)
This is her fourth novel and she gets better and better with each new storyline.
Touching, gripping, amazing, exciting, unputdownable!
(Daire, aged 13)
It's one of the best books I've ever read.
(Talitha, aged 13 3/4)
'A Perfect Ten' is Chris Higgins latest book and is possibly (despite all her other books being great) her greatest book yet.
(Amelia M, Junior Book Reviewers’ Club)