Book Review – Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard

goodbye perfectWhen I was wild, you were steady . . .
Now you are wild – what am I?

Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with the boyfriend Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. Especially when the police arrive on her doorstep and Eden finds out that the boyfriend is actually their music teacher, Mr Cohn.

Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie’s location, and that’s the way it has to stay. There’s no way she’s betraying her best friend. Not even when she’s faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts.

As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself.


gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg 4/5 Stars

I received this book from the publishers via Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review.

I really wasn’t too sure what to expect going in for this book – I’d seen rave reviews but also didn’t know too much about it. I’m really pleased I read it – it’s a lovely tale on friendship and family.

My favourite character was either Valorie or Carolyn lol. Though it’s hard not to empathise with both Eden and Bonnie in some ways. Bonnie for the stress you can put yourself under and feeling trapped and dull and like you’re doing life wrong. And Eden for being angry and upset and protective all at once. I’d have been devastated if I’d been her.

I also loved Eden and Connor – cuteness! And super yay for sensible attitudes towards sex shown in YA lit. Plus their job goals are both super adorable and a really nice change to see in books – they’re rare hobbies for young people so that made me smile. 🙂

Really this book covers so much more but I can’t review it without talking about the main theme. I can’t really say anything not said by any of the adults in the book – it’s just wrong! However it’s well shown from Eden’s perspective and I like what we get to see of Bonnie’s side of it (both her feelings and how it started). I have liked to have seen more into Jack really, even towards the end he doesn’t come off as creepy as I’d have liked.

Overall, I gave it 4 stars. I liked it enough to pull it up from 3.5, and I’m definitely interested in reading more works by Sara Barnard.

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