• Perfect Little World

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Wilson
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (328 ratings)

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Perfect Little World

By: Kevin Wilson
Narrated by: Therese Plummer
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Publisher's Summary

When Isabelle Poole meets Dr. Preston Grind, she's just about out of options. She recently graduated from high school and is pregnant with her art teacher's baby. Her mother is dead, and her father is a drunk. The art teacher is too much of a head case to help raise the child. Izzy knows she can be a good mother, but without any money or prospects she's left searching.

So when Dr. Grind offers her a space in The Infinite Family Project, she accepts. Housed in a spacious compound in Tennessee, she joins nine other couples, all with children the same age as her newborn son, to raise their children as one extended family. Grind's theory is that the more parental love children receive, the better off they are.

This attempt at a utopian ideal - funded by an eccentric billionaire - starts off promising: Izzy enjoys the kids, reading to them, and teaching them to cook. She even forms a bond with her son more meaningful than she ever expected. But soon, the gentle equilibrium among the families is upset, and it all starts to disintegrate: Unspoken resentments between the couples begin to fester; the project's funding becomes tenuous; and Izzy's feelings for Dr. Grind, who is looking to expunge his own painful childhood, make her question her participation in this strange experiment in the first place.

Written with the same compassionate voice, disarming sense of humor, and quirky charm that made The Family Fang such a success, Perfect Little World is a poignant look at how the best families are the ones we make for ourselves.

©2017 Kevin Wilson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Infinitely awesome

Can’t wait to share this book with my Book Club! I think it was an excellent read I would highly recommend it. Definitely give it a shot if you’re on a the fence about it. The characters were well-developed as is the storyline and every turn and every twist made it was perfect.

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Not as good as The Family Fang but still worth...

...reading. Wilson delivers another interesting take on what family means. I hadn't planned to read this book--didn't think it sounded that interesting--but when I realized it was by the author of The Family Fang (one of the most tragic yet funny books I've read), I had to buy it. As stated, not as good as TFF, but I never lost interest in the story or the characters, all of whom were interesting in their own ways.

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Gave me nightmares

What disappointed you about Perfect Little World?

Story was very predictable and didn't reveal outcomes of the children.

What could Kevin Wilson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Tell me about the children 5 and 10 years later.

Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

Izzy

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I love a Kevin Wilson , just not this one.

This is the only poor review I’ve ever given, Im quite easy to please. The concept was fantastic. Can’t tell if it was the narrator or the writing but it dragged on ,reiterating the same things over and over again. The narrator is perfect for a Nicholas Sparks book but not for this type writing.

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Almost Perfect Little Book

This is the third book by Kevin Wilson I’ve listened to. I love his creativity in creating unique scenarios and making them believable. The dialog, his descriptions, the characters all come alive and are very real. I did find Izzy’s character to be a bit unpredictable and was confused by her actions and reactions at times. She had certain character traits that seemed to change over time and her behavior was inconsistent in my opinion. I don’t want to go into detail and spoil anything for anyone. But aside from that and also being confused by the beginning of the book because I don’t see how it ties in (I’m going to have to go back and listen to the beginning again), I thought the book was very well-done. Kevin Wilson once again takes a somewhat weird premise (a la Nothing to See Here, about children who catch on fire) and makes a completely credible story from it. His exploration of the concept of group child rearing in a sort of utopian community is fascinating, including some creative ideas on how things might (and do) go wrong. Lastly, a shout-out to Therese Plummer, who does an excellent job of making each of the many characters sound unique - not an easy task. I appreciated her narration, as I did for Family Fang, another weird and wonderful book by Kevin Wilson.

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Plummer made me keep hoping

This plot kept me hoping. It was highlighted in a podcast as a “best of 2017”. I love the cut-edged plot. It never made me feel as if it truly begun. Had a five-star potential.

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epilogue missing!

the book is great but the ending feeling lacking. . . Probably because the epilogue that ties everything up is missing.

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Cute enough to make you sick

This starts out really good and I think I’ve found a new author I’d like to read more of. It soon becomes Lifetime Movie level trite and unbearable. If you like cute, obvious prose, go for it.

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Warning:spoilers

A unique and complex story and impressive narration, but somehow the way the ending was so neatly tied up felt a bit too perfect. But I enjoyed it all the same! Sometimes when kids are featured prominently, I find the narration of their voices (by an adult narrator) to be a little grating. It’s unavoidable in this book but it was handled well.

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A Different Kevin Wilson

I love all Kevin Wilson's books because they are creative, unique and profound. This one is different in that while his usual quirkiness I love so much is non-existent, it's still very good. Fans of Wilson's more extreme style might be disappointed with this shift to more normalcy, so be advised that this book is not intended for wild entertainment with a deep underlying message like the others, it is much more straightforward.