After miscalculating a treacherous triple jump at the Lethbridge Arenacross in Alberta, Canada, top-three Canadian professional cross-country dirt bike competitor Monte Perepelkin regained consciousness after three days in the hospital to find himself paralyzed from the neck down. His condition was irreversible. Perepelkin, who had turned thirty just thirty-four days earlier, faced living the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair. “The Perfect Life” is the soul-piercing true life account of a pro off-road motorcycle racer who thought he lost everything when he lost the use of his limbs. But after clawing through a dark forest of adversity, he discovered something far more valuable than any able-bodied life had to offer.
In “The Perfect Life,” Perepelkin’s raw honesty will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. While the narrative narrowly focuses on the events that led to his introduction to motocross, arenacross, cross-country, hare scrambles racing, and his development into a nationally competitive racer, the story delves deeply into the mental and physical struggles he faced after his accident, including sexual intimacy as a quadriplegic, and the long and circuitous route he traveled to acceptance. A more contemplative side of the book focuses on faith, purpose, and existence and adds surprising depth to the story. The impact of Perepelkin’s genuine loss will tug at your emotions and lead you deep into thought. “The Perfect Life” is an educational journey as well as a spiritual one. It’s a life story that gnaws away and, by means of a follow-up book, reveals the answers to life’s most important questions.