I write coming of age romance for both young adults and adults. My young adult novels often center around the kind of harsh reality I see daily, but then I (usually) give my characters the happy ending I wish teens saw more of in real life. Honestly, most of what I write is an even mix of love story and self-discovery, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“From the first page—a children’s services’ succinct and dispassionate report on Joy’s situation—readers will be drawn into the first-person story. Told simply and vividly with effective use of flashbacks, this tale of a teen overcoming appalling abuse and neglect will resonate with readers. Although Perry never fully addresses the causes of Joy’s suffering at the hands of her mother, her believable characters and insightful narrative raise this short, moving tale above the ranks of the typical problem novel. This fine, positive story about a strong young woman will be a valuable addition to any library collection serving teens.” — Jamie Hansen (VOYA) on STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW
“Sweet and believable.” And “Perry conveys Aidan’s physical and emotional journey evocatively and with authenticity.” – Kirkus Reviews on THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU
“Kate and Aidan’s relationship provides them with the opportunity to be honest with each other and themselves about their respective challenges, as well as an antidote to their emotional pain. Perry candidly describes their conflicted feelings, the loneliness of having a perceived disability, and the power of mutual encouragement.” – Publishers Weekly on THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU
“Partnering up for this emotionally charged novel, Desir and Perry create a duo readers will identify with and cheer for. As the teens set out to conquer their fears, the sexual tension quickly builds, with both refusing to accept the depth of their mutual attraction. Hailey is confident, stubborn, and funny and isn’t afraid to show her sassy side. Meanwhile, Kyle is shy and awkward. The authors combine perfect pacing with spot-on character development that will leave readers empathizing with the characters from the very beginning. The plot takes several unexpected turns; it hits hard, exploring issues such as depression, loss of virginity, and homosexuality. VERDICT For fans of Sophie Kinsella’s Finding Audrey (Delacorte) and Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places (Knopf, both 2015).” -Erin Holt, Williamson County Public Library, Franklin, TN on LOVE BLIND
“Perry has crafted vivid, round characters who navigate complicated, mature questions about death and dying with sincerity . . . . A layered novel about love and forgiveness in the face of loss.” Booklist on ALL THE FOREVER THINGS.