Almost Perfect is about Jesse Staton, an African-American student at J. P. Mullholland High School. Jesse scores unusually high on the SAT, but the school's principal, Mr. Edmondson, is suspect. Edmondson convinces Jesse's mother to have Jesse retake the test. This makes Ms. Avery, one of Jesse's teachers, very angry. Almost Perfect is topical and funny and sad. It's about race. It's about struggle. But most of all, it's about hope.