If you have ever wondered what it would be like to raise children in a communal setting, given every opportunity to further your child's education while pursuing your own passions and being surrounded by a support network so strong that you call them family, you need to read Perfect Little World. Izzy feels lonely and isolated as she lives with her distant father after the death of her mother. She begins an affair with her art teacher which results in an unwanted pregnancy. Izzy doesn't know how she will manage to raise the child after the father commits suicide but knows that she wants to keep her baby. This leads her to an interest in a study conducted by Dr. Grind, a child psychologist who is suffering from the ill effects from his own psychologist parents' experiments on him. The study aims to determine whether or not a child will turn out better if raised communally by many parents and professionals. The study is generously funded by a rich eccentric and promises to offer the children and their parents the best opportunities that money can buy. Not all goes according to Dr. Grind's careful planning, though.
Perfect Little World was one book that I had trouble putting down from the very first chapter. The writing was superb and the story was incredible. It was the perfect example of how plans for a utopia can quickly spiral out of control. I really enjoyed the different characters. Izzy is very mature for her age but also struggles with the responsibilities that she is now facing being a new, young mom. She finds comfort and guidance in Dr. Grind and some of the other parents. Her life proves that family can be made up of the people you want it to be; it doesn't always have to be made up of the people one was born with. The story moved very quickly and there were enough unexpected parts to keep me reading much longer during each sitting than I has anticipated. I really loved this book and I think it would be great for anyone looking for a great book of any kind, but especially those who enjoy novels with utopian themes or fiction centering around young moms.
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