Seven Perfect Things by Catherine Ryan Hyde

 Release Date - May 4, 2021


Abby Hubble is 13 and not in the happiest of situations. Her dad isn't physically abusive, but he's definitely emotionally abusive. Her mom stays for reasons unknown to Abby. When she's walking home, she spies a person throwing a bag over the bridge. When she realizes that something is in that bag, she dives into the river without giving it a second thought.

Inside the bag are seven puppies. She walks them to the animal shelter, but she's told they cannot take them. If they're left there, they'll end up being euthanized. Abby won't have that so she sneaks them into the shed of an abandoned cabin and decides to raise them while also keeping them hidden from her parents.

Elliot Colvin hasn't been to his cabin in years. He's now a widower and needs to get away. He's not happy to find his cabin was broken into and many of his items are missing. It's the shed full of puppies that he has to focus on first. That's how he meets Abby.

He and Abby soon form a solid friendship. She wasn't the one to break into his cabin, but he's willing to help her afford the care the puppies need if she helps him clean and restore his cabin to its former glory. To do this, he also wants her to tell her mom the truth. 

Soon, Elliot, Abby, and her mom are spending time together. It's exactly what they all need, but is this new friendship with the three of them too good to be true?

I've enjoyed every book Catherine Ryan Hyde has released since Pay It Forward. This one is one of my favorites. It is a bit predictable when it comes to Abby's dad, but that's okay. I still had to keep reading to see how it would all turn out.

Abby is a sharp kid, and I loved her interactions with the puppies and then with Elliot when she realized he was the father figure she most needed in her life. In all, it's a quick, satisfying novel that made me happy I picked it.


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