Alyssa’s Reviews – Piper Perish Review + Q&A

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the February 28 stop on the Piper Perish Blog Tour! Today myself and Amanda @ Brains, Books, and Brawn will be reviewing the book Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan. This blog tour is made by Raincoast Canada, and the novel was given to me for honest review while participating in the blog tour.


Synopsis (Goodreads):

Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends can get out of Houston and into art school in New York City, the better. It’s been Piper’s dream her whole life, and now that senior year is halfway over, she’s never felt more ready. But in the final months before graduation, things are weird with her friends and stressful with three different guys, and Piper’s sister’s tyrannical mental state seems to thwart every attempt at happiness for the close-knit Perish family. Piper’s art just might be enough to get her out. But is she brave enough to seize that power, even if it means giving up what she’s always known? Debut author Kayla Cagan breathes new life into fiction in this ridiculously compelling, utterly authentic work featuring interior art from Rookie magazine illustrator Maria Ines Gul. Piper will have readers asking big questions along with her. What is love? What is friendship? What is family? What is home? And who is a person when she’s missing any one of these things?


Piper Perish was a very fun novel to read!

The beginning started off slow, but picked up the  pace leading to the middle. The middle to the end were quite suspenseful, which benefited the novel a lot! These parts made me want to keep reading.

Piper was a unique character, and I enjoyed reading about her. She had a quirky personality and pop in her step, which is something not all YA females have. I appreciated her journey in the novel, and she seemed to mature a bit in the second half of the novel. Her passion for something (in her case art), was wonderful to read. The obstacles she faced in order to meet her goal made her both a realistic and role model type character.

Piper had many great people in her life, and also some not so great people. Her friends were really nice to read about and her interactions without them added some fun to the novel. All of her friends were very similar to her and all art obsessed! On the other hand, I hated the majority of her family. While the family dynamics were realistic, the sister was extremely annoying and hard to read about.

While reading the novel, you will notice that it is written in diary form. At first the diary format through me off, and I couldn’t understand exactly what perspective the novel was written in. Once the novel started to progress, I figured out the diary format. Near the end the diary format benefited the novel, and complimented it.

The novel ended in the direction that I wanted it to go for both Piper and the overall stories sake.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel and gave it 3.75/5 stars!

I had the opportunity to ask Ms. Kayla Cagan a question about her novel.

Do any of the characters in Piper Perish reflect anyone you know in real life?

“Yes! Adams is based on a combination of two teachers – a creative writing teacher I had in high school named Mary Mischler, and a friend of mine who currently teaches at a school for visual effects, games and animation in Los Angeles. Her last name is even Adams!
Also, the 610 Diner is based on the famous 59 Diner in Houston, Texas. The 59 Diner was named after the 59 highway. It’s no longer in business, unfortunately.”

Thanks to Raincoast Canada for supplying me with the novel, and letting me participate in such a cool blog tour with some awesome fellow book bloggers!

Make sure you check back to your favourite book bloggers blogs everyday this week to read there post about Piper Perish! Check the postcard I posted above to see the bloggers who are participating in this blog tour.

Thanks for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter for all Reading, Reading, Reading updates!

Good Night Book Owls!

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