Future Perfect revolves around a teenager name Ashley Perkins. Every year on her birthday, Ashley receives a card from her grandmother. The card always promises a reward for losing weight. However, Ashley does not believe there is anything wrong with her looks or her weight. She is perfectly happy with her life and her body. The grandmother believes ‘fat’ is just another word for ‘ugly’. Ashley’s mindset begins to waiver when her grandmother offers her one thing she’s always dreamed about: tuition to attend Harvard University in exchange for undergoing weight loss surgery. Soon, Ashley feels pressured to go ahead with the surgery by her family, friends, and even administrators at school.
The premise for this book was fantastic, however, the plot wasn’t executed as well. The novel is rather dense and in fact, quite boring. It takes about several chapters for the book to even pick up. It’s rather upsetting because the underlying theme was so interesting. Some people truly believe that fat equals ugly, and that skinny equals healthy. Fat and skinny aren’t words that can be misinterpreted for others.
Future Perfect is, nevertheless, a touching novel about body image and many teenagers need to read it. At first, it was hard to connect with the main character because the writing was a bit boring, but I did start to enjoy the novel eventually. Before being a certain body size, Ashley is a human being, and I never saw her anything less than that. It was refreshing to see that she was actually happy with her body image, and didn’t want to change. The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger and I would have liked to see more information about how Ashley’s life progressed.
Benish Khan has her B.A in Psychology and Religion from the University of New York. She’s a psychologist and artist by day, and a bookworm by night. She currently blogs at feministreflections.com.
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