Kendra has always felt like she lived in the shadow of her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD had taken over his, and the family’s, life. Despite this, she had managed to to stay out of trouble…
… until a cheating scandal threatens to ruin her life.
In a spur of the moment decision, Kendra hauls (read: kidnaps) her brother and then sets off to see the one person she thinks could make both of their lives better. With the minimal amount of stuff in her car, Kendra heads to the West Coast with a half-plan and a determined attitude.
I found Perfect Escape a good book because it covers so many deep topics and emotions. It covers the realistic sibling relationship between Kendra and Grayson and explores the hardship of a loved one having OCD. Kendra also learns to move on and stop living in the past.
Throughout the story, Kendra gets a well-needed lesson about appreciating who you have in your life. Even though Grayson drove her crazy, she knew she still loved him and would only wish the best for him. The trip in itself was proof of that.
This is not light reading. As I said before, this book covers many deep topics including mental disorders. While it is not a hard book to read, it does require an open and concentrated mind.
The wide range of topics makes this a very relatable story. I once went on a long road trip with my brother, and Perfect Escape did a great job at capturing the ‘I love you but want to kill you’ feeling that comes with spending so much time with family.
While I would rather keep my experiences with mental illnesses to myself, I can assure you that Kendra’s feeling towards the situation rings true.
Brown’s third book gets you excited while making you think. Fans of her other books, as well as anyone looking for a good realistic fiction will not be disappointed!
Liked Perfect Escape? You might also enjoy…
Total Constant Order by Crissa-Jean Chappell
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Just Checking: Scenes From the Life of an Obsessive-Compulsive by Emily Colas
PS- About 35 million Americans have some sort of anxiety disorder (including OCD).