Review: A Crooked Kind of Perfect (Linda Urban)

Zoe knows she's a prodigy, or at least knows she's going to be, once she gets a piano. But her dad doesn't buy her a piano.
He buys her a Perfectone D-60. An Organ.
Zoe is doing her best to cope with the Perfectone, her strange dad, workaholic mom, and ex-bestie Emma Dent, but its hard being a piano prodigy with an organ in tow. 

A Crooked Kind of Perfect was a quick, adorable read. It really hit me with all the musical stuff, because I play flute and sometimes feel like I deserve to be amazing without practicing, so it was very affecting as well. Zoe had some dimension, but as this is a children's book she doesn't need to be really developed. There wasn't really one point I could call the 'climax'. Rather than a mountain of a story arc, it was more a little hill. The ending was cute and realistic, but a little disappointing for me. 
Overall, Urban has written a great book for children, musically inclined or no. 
And the title and cover are just brilliant and fit perfectly.

Star: 5 (Children)/3 (YA)
Rating: G
Length: 224 Pages (reads like 150)
Released?: Yes
Read-a-like: Umbrella Summer (coming this summer)


  1. I have had this on my list since December! Reading your review only makes me want to read it more. :)

  2. What a cute cover! I played the clarinet.

  3. I've been wanting to read this for a while...

  4. Oh man, I REALLY need to read this one. I've heard amazing things. Also: You're from Apex! I'm from Chapel Hill! Yay, Carolina!

  5. Oh, I hadn't heard of this one before. It looks cute. :)


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