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 ...
  • Merphy Napier
    4.5This is such an important story!! With things like this happening so often in real life, there's so much that could be learned with this book.Our main character doesn't know why it's a problem as long as her friend is happy, and as the plot progresses, she slowly understands why this situation is against the law and why it's something her friend needs to get out of.It's light and easy to read but with a powerful message that could teach teens ...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
    I really enjoy Sara’s writing and how she tackles some big and important subjects.Also, I just love her characters so much, she has such a skill for writing real characters
  • 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 ...
  • Taneika
    Goodbye, Perfect is the story of what happens when Bonnie, a straight A highschool student and prefect, runs away with her music teacher. Except for one thing. This story is REALLY about Eden; Bonnie’s best friend and the one who gets left behind in the aftermath.Sara Barnard’s writing is incredible and so easy to read! Once I finally found time to read, I whizzed through almost 200 pages in a single sitting and by 2am, thought “Okay, I sup...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    I was very kindly sent an ARC of this for review from the publishers Pan Macmillan! Goodbye Perfect follows two young girls Eden and Bonnie, childhood friends who are just about to sit their final GCSE exams before heading off into the next chapter of their lives. Everything looks fine until Bonnie goes missing and everyone is thrown into an utter panic. Eden already knew about Bonnie's boyfriend but when the truth starts to emerge, that her boyf...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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!*
  • ambsreads
    CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS REVIEW FEATURE ON MY BLOGthank you macmillan for an ARC.Trigger Warnings: abuse, neglect, parental abuse (off page but implied), dead parentsR E V I E WThis is the first time I was sent a book for a blog tour! Not my first review for a blog tour, but I am so excited to be writing it up. Thank you again to the publishers for including me.Goodbye, Perfect is kind of a hard book to review. I couldn’t put it down but boy, did...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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).
  • Sprinkled Pages
    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...
  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    Sara Barnard is one of my auto-read authors. I don't need to know what her next book will be about, I just know that I'll be reading it – I've really enjoyed Beautiful Broken Things and A Quiet Kind of Thunder so far. Continue reading this review over on Pretty Books. Thank you to the publisher for providing this book for review!
  • 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 ...
  • Elvina Zafril
    This book is not just an ordinary YA contemporary.
  • Marochka
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  • Casey
    3/5 StarsGoodbye Perfect is a great YA for younger teens in my opinion and I would recommend it even if I wouldn't re-read it myself. Sara is a fantastic author and it was a quick and easy contemporary read with great family relationships.Eden and her family stood out the most for me, I was just as conflicted as Eden was about snitching on her friend or doing what was right. Eden's Mum and Dad were great supportive characters and I loved their re...
  • 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!
  • Areti
    When I read the synopsis, I was intrigued. I also haven’t read a lot of UK YA contemporary books, so I really wanted to see what it was like. After reading Goodbye, Perfect, I can say that it was worth it and that I will certainly read UK contemporary books.The book starts when the main character, Eden, is talking with the police about her best friend’s disappearance. She is shocked when they tell her with whom her best friend left and when h...
  • Trisha
    Oh this is strong and authentic.Really enjoyed it.
  • 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...
  • Laura
    I love YA books with taboo subject matter such as this. As uncomfortable as teacher-student relationships are, they kind of fascinate me. I loved seeing how the ramifications of such affect the families and people around them. Although I didn't really like Eden (mainly her logic towards the whole situation?), I loved her family and Connor is so precious I just want to squeeze him. I would LOVE to see a companion/spin off exploring Bonnie and Jack...
  • 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.