Perry Gonzalez’s admissions essay to Bennington, a college she’s always dreamed of getting into after graduating from high school is what this book is essentially made up of. Perry lives in Hollywood with her mother Yelena and studies at the prestigious Mark Frost Academy. Unlike Perry, the most of the kids at her school are from privileged backgrounds. Being a bright, enterprising scholarship student she regularly takes up jobs of tutoring and baby sitting a few of her school mates. Her college admissions essay is a mix bag of observations about these families. Up close and personal.
At times hilarious and at times horrifying, Seven Deadlies is a book that isn’t easy to categorize. Taking one deadly sin at a time Perry narrates the ongoing as perceived by her. Each section deals with a different family and each one crazier and weird than the earlier one. Some are wonderful caricatures while a couple of them are just meh. Being a teenager herself, it’s hard to put your trust into Perry’s narrative. She is a writer in the making and it’s easier to believe that all this could be a figment of her imagination. However, she shows a great flair for capturing the follies of the rich and truth be told, it’s funny.
Character follies are easy to name and relate to, especially for the older teens. Now that I think about it, older readers too would enjoy a few of these cautionary tales. Seven Deadlies is a set of darkly funny assorted takes on life.
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