“I love painting. I love drawing. I’m never let down, even when the picture isn’t exactly what I want. I can keep working on it. Paintings speak back. They argue. But it’s just because they still want attention. They aren’t done yet. 
They want to keep the relationships alive. And when they break your heart, it’s only because they’re that good, not because they’re bad. Bad art can be fixed or transformed. But bad people? Bad choices? I think they’re with us forever.” 


Now is the time for fearlessness.

Who are you now?

Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends Enzo and Kit can get out of Houston and get 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.

Who will you become?

But in the final months before graduation, life’s got Piper a little more breathless. Things are weird with Kit and awful with Enzo; art school is looking increasingly impossible; three different guys have each claimed a different piece of Piper’s heart; and Piper’s sister’s tyrannical mental state seems to thwart every attempt at happiness for the Perish family. Piper’s art just might be enough to get her out. But is she strong enough—and brave enough—to seize that power, even if it means giving up what she’s always known?

Be now. Then be bow. Be now, now, now.

Personal Experiences 

Piper Perish. Probably one of the best – if not the best – realistic fiction book I have ever read in my entire existence.

Realistic fiction is the closest you can get to nonfiction without ever leaving fiction. Most realistic fiction books, however, focus on people with a disability, people with a disease, or people who have a condition. Suicide. Bipolar. Lung cancer. They evoke feelings of empathy, and inspire people to change. But Piper Perish is about an ordinary girl with ordinary problems.

Piper is a girl who will graduate high school in about five months. She has family issues, dreams of going to college, economic challenges, ex’s, and friends. She’s just another girl. And that’s why this is probably the best realistic fiction book I’ve ever read. Because it doesn’t evoke feelings of empathy. It evokes feelings of sympathy. Because we all have (if not are) gone through a struggle similar to Piper’s. And she doesn’t end up with a happily ever after. Life doesn’t really end with a happily ever after. Her situation isn’t what she expected, it’s not ideal, but it is what it is. And that’s okay. In fact, it’s better than okay. It’s the best life can offer.

Where to Read Piper Perish

Indie Bound*

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Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan," in {sereneharoon.com}, August 30, 2018, http://sereneharoon.com/2018/08/piper-perish-by-kayla-cagan/.
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