Book Review: The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park


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Published: April 7, 2020 by Sourcebooks
Category: Young Adult

Quick, cute read. I wonder if we are going to get a sequel…don’t fret, it doesn’t end with a cliffhanger (sorry for that light spoiler, you know how I feel about spoilers BUT I HATE cliffhangers even more). Pardon that interruption, we will now continue our scheduled programming:

Both lead characters remind me of a combination of Goonies characters. I’ll explain a bit later…

Nate & Kate (say that 10x fast) meet at work: a zombie-themed escape room. Nate is saving money for school, to help his parents, and whatever extra he has left…for video games, etc. Kate is hiding the fact she has a job from her dad to afford herself freedom. They team up to compete in a weekend long zombie themed survivalist competition with a big cash prize. Do they have what it takes to win it?!

A supporting cast of family & friends, rich classmates who mess with Nate, and a robot who babysits Kate, and you got yourself a LOL rom-com extraordinaire.

Now onto my Goonies comparison, hear me out:


– Nate is the center of his crew (Mikey)
– He is athletic and dreamy (Brand)
– He is smart and an inventor (Data)
– His dad lost his job and the family is strapped for cash (the Goonies crew)

img_2385– Kate is a tomboy of sorts, she is smart, and doesn’t take sass (Stef)
– Kate doesn’t need to worry about $, but wants to enter a survivalist contest with her crush Nate (Andy)
– Kate’s dad is a Mr. Perkins type (Troy)

quick tangent: How much do you want to watch The Goonies now?! Ha! Does your version have the scene with the octopus or no?

The Perfect Escape is literally a perfect escape. If you are looking for a fun, heartfelt read, why not try it!

thank you Books Forward for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

About the author


Suzanne Park is a Korean-American writer who was born and raised in Tennessee. In her former life as a stand up comedian, she was a finalist in the Oxygen Network’s “Girls Behaving Badly” talent search, and appeared on BET’s “Coming to the Stage.” She found this to be the funniest thing in her comedy career because, well, she is not black. Suzanne was also the winner of the Seattle Sierra Mist Comedy Competition, and was a semi-finalist in NBC’s “Stand Up For Diversity” showcase in San Francisco. Suzanne graduated from Columbia University and received an MBA Degree from UCLA. After spending many years as a tech marketing executive, she turned to writing fiction full-time. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, female offspring, and a sneaky rat that creeps around on her back patio. In her spare time, she procrastinates. Keep up with her at


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