Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard

Goodbye, Perfect

When 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 mu...

Details Goodbye, Perfect

TitleGoodbye, Perfect
Release DateFeb 8th, 2018
PublisherMacmillan Children's Books
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Young Adult Contemporary

Reviews Goodbye, Perfect

  • Laura
    “I don’t think you can ever really start over. Because if you’re trying to do that, you’re basically trying to run away from yourself. And you can’t. You’re stuck with you, forever. Wherever you go.” I can’t not read a book written by Sarah Barnard. She has this honest, realistic way of telling a story. It’s brilliant. Even when the topic of the story isn’t something I’d usually want to read, I know to give it a try anyway ...
  • Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
    3.5/5I don't read a lot of contemporary YA but this one was pretty good! It got a bit slow in the middle, but overall not too bad
  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    I've been really delayed in writing my review for this seeing as I finished it at the end of last week, but I was hoping that if I left it for long enough and I mulled over 'Goodbye, Perfect' I'd love it as much as I did Sara Barnard's other books. Unfortunately, that's not the case.I knew nothing about the plot before I started reading, which was definitely a good thing because if I'd have known it was about a student-teacher relationship, I pro...
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    3.5* Sara Barnard's writing is incredibly easy to read and impossible not to fly through. It's full of emotion, fantastic messages and interesting characters. Although I definitely didn't enjoy this as much as 'A Quiet Kind of Thunder' (which was one of my favourite reads of 2017) 'Goodbye, Perfect' didn't lack any of these things. It was so refreshing to read a book with a student/teacher plot that didn't romanticise it in any way. I also loved ...
  • kat ♥
    i requested this from netgalley ages ago and sort of forgot about it, i knew the release date was coming up so i decided to pick it up as i have previously loved her books, they were so enjoyable especially a quiet kind of thunder - it was one of my favourite books of 2017 so i was excited to finally get around to reading goodbye, perfect :)sadly, although there were some amazing bits of this story there were some bits that i felt either fell fla...
  • Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
    Several years ago, a 15-year-old girl and her 30-year-old teacher ran away together. I can remember seeing it show up in news stories, but other than to think “that’s gross!”, I didn’t really give it much thought. It wasn’t happening to anyone in my life, nor was it happening anywhere near me, so what could I do? I’m betting Sara Barnard didn’t stop thinking about that story and how it must have felt to be caught up in the realness ...
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    Sixteen year old Eden Rose McKinley had a precarious transition from childhood to adolescence, her narcotics dependent mother unable to provide for her children, placing Eden and Daisy into foster care, adopted by nurturing Carolyn and Bob McKinley. Although Eden has transitioned from difficult child to destructive adolescent and now discourteous young woman, Bonnie Wiston Stanley is an astute young woman. The authorities are demanding answers, w...
  • Robin Stevens
    This is a really impressive new book from Sara - it's extremely enjoyable, well-told, shocking without being mawkish and a very thought-provoking look at the pressures on teens today. I adored it and raced through it in a few days. 13+*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*
  • Sophie Elaina
    This book was a very thought provoking read and is one of those books that both while you're reading and afterwards you just can't out of your head. I think it's because I found the whole situation kind of disturbing and it was really hard to read at times. I was actually very surprised by how hard it hit me. It was a strong story that represents very real things that have actually happened. Things that need to be talked about more in society tod...
  • Gabby
    - so I'm kind of laughing at myself right now because I just realised reading this back through I was calling Eden "Edith". Oops, I mean, I guess that shows something right???Thank you Netgalley/Publisher for sending me this in exchange for an honest review!!Let's just say it shall we? I liked this. I did. I liked the themes explored - adoption, fitting in with a new family, the struggle with being stereotyped. There were some interesting discuss...
  • Katie Hurse
    Huh. I was really expecting to fall in love with this book. Not so much. Honestly, the majority of it was even a 2.5 star read for me, but the last 10% or so (with the trip to Scotland, conflict with Valerie, revelations etc.) was actually pretty powerful stuff so that saved the entire story a little. Overall, though, this book just didn't have the character or depth or emotional impact (again, apart from the last little bit) for me that Sara Bar...
  • Jessikah Stenson
    YES.(Review to follow).
  • Hannah
    One of the most honest and raw YA contemporaries I've read in a while, a story that is so much more than its plot line. I can't wait for everyone to read this book!
  • Anisha (sprinkledpages)
    Actual rating: 3.5 starsIt is possible my rating is a bit harsh but I want to be really specific with the books I give four and above stars. For a while there, about half way through the book I did think it was going to be a 5 star read for me but by the ending, and after I thought about it a little, it just wasn't that spectacular for me. But I may bump up my rating to 4 stars, I'll have to think about that. I really liked this. I thought it was...
  • Sarah
    I received an advanced reading edition of this novel from Pan Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.Goodbye, Perfect is the second novel I have read by Sara Barnard and she has easily become one of my favourite authors.Goodbye, Perfect tackles some heavy topics, a very ‘taboo’ one in particular – a teacher seducing his 15 year old student. Told from the perspective of Eden McKinley, the reader dives into the wo...
  • Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
    This review was originally posted on The Moonlight LibraryI received this book for free from Pan MacMillan in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodbye, Perfect is the story of what happens to those left behind when an A grade ‘good’ schoolgirl runs off with her music teacher.I completely adore Sara Barnard’s writing. I asked to be a part of the blog tour because I adored ...
  • Marochka
    Отзыв в моём блоге: https://momentarythingsbymarochka.tum...
  • Gabby
    I ended up loving this book a lot more than I thought I would! I read 'A Quiet Kind of Thunder' last year which I enjoyed, but I loved 'Goodbye, Perfect' just that little bit more.Thanks to Macmillan for letting me be part of the blog tour. My full review will be up on my blog on the date of my tour stop, Feb 6. See you then!
  • Kirra
    This review is part of the Goodbye, Perfect Blog Tour!Eden and Bonnie have been best friends since they were young but Eden is left questioning everything she thought she knew about Bonnie when she finds out from the police that Bonnie has run away with their music teacher. At fifteen years old this man is twice her age and he is someone Eden never pictured Bonnie with when she mentioned a secret boyfriend a few times in passing over the last few...
  • Steph
    This book is perfect. There’s a tough and “all edges” MC, her “perfect” best friend, her incredible family, a gorgeous boyfriend and a lot of trouble. I love everything Sara Barnard writes and this is no exception. Possibly my favourite thing. I just adored it.
  • Amber Robertson
    thank you macmillan for an ARC.some points to come later and a full review in february.
  • Ashleigh
    This book frustrated me, but in a good way.Goodbye, Perfect follows Eden, a 15-year old girl whose best friend, Bonnie, has run away with her secret boyfriend. That would be worrying enough, but the secret boyfriend turns out to be her music teacher, Mr Cohn. Prior to them running away, Bonnie contacts Eden to let her know she was disappearing with her boyfriend, whom Eden assumed she had never met, and asks her not to tell anyone. Well, when Ede...
  • Trisha
    Oh this is strong and authentic.Really enjoyed it.
  • Marie Andrews
    I loved Sara Barnard's other two books and couldn't wait to start Goodbye Perfect. However, I had very mixed feelings on it.I thought this book was okay. There were certain aspects of this book that I really enjoyed. I loved the relationship Eden had with her little sister Daisy. It was fantastic to read about a close knit family consisting of both biological and non-biological relations, especially how Eden and Valerie (her adoptive parents' chi...
  • Charlotte
    *This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*The story follows fifteen year old Eden Rose McKinley who is faced with a dilemma when her best friend, Bonnie, runs off with her boyfriend… who turns out to be their teacher. She is secretly communicating with her friend and lies to the police in order to protect her friend. But lies can only take someone so far. To say that Goodbye Perfect is an intense read would be ...
  • Ania
    I received a copy of this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewGoodbye, Perfect is my second book by Sara Barnard so I went in with certain expectations. I read A Quiet Kind of Thunder earlier this year and while it was an enjoyable, fast read that picked up on some current problems, I did feel it did not completely win me over with the conclusion. I am really pleased to say that this was not the case with Goodbye, Perfect. As soon a...
  • Alessandra Crivelli
    Did you ever think about romance with your teacher? Did you ever fancy 30 years old when you were a teenager? This is what would have happened if your fantasy would have come true. Only from your best friend POW."People talk about friendship like it is only about shared loves, but it is not. It is only about finding the same thing annoying and getting excited about the same silly, irrilevant things. It's the person you can share a joke with, sure...
  • Mila
    I wasn't sure what to expect of this novel because "A Quiet Kind of Thunder" was one of my favourite books of 2017 and "Goodbye, Perfect" sounded like a completely opposite type of story. But I was pleasantly surprised because this book is about relationships as much as the morallity in 21st century. The main character, Eden, is very conflicted - her best friend of eight years ran away with their music teacher; she understands that it even sounds...
  • Danniella Josephine
    As I had loved Sara Barnard’s’s previous books, Beautiful Broken Things and A Quiet Kind of Thunder, there was no question as to whether or not I would be reading her third novel Goodbye, Perfect. Of course, I would be! I had been counting down the days until the publication date until I spotted that my local Waterstones had put their copies out early. Naughty. Even though it was a week before publication, I couldn’t resist buying it. Just ...