ARC Review: Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard

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 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.

Disclaimer: I was provided with an ARC by PanMacmillan India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

I have been on an young adult contemporary kick lately and I have been loving the beauty presented by all the authors I am slowly starting to discover – and with the same enthusiasm, I requested to review this beauty, when the opportunity presented itself.

This book, in its entirety asks some very important questions“how far are you willing to go in the name of friendship?” or even “how do you protect the loyalty in a friendship where you start to realize that there have been many secrets?”

Goodbye Perfect starts off strong with – Eden’s POV, a POV that talks about her life as an adopted child, with her sister and her friendship with Bonnie and her relationship with Connor. I adored that the author took the time to lay the foundation to Eden’s character so early in the book.

Another brilliant stroke by the author was making sure that we didn’t the POV of the actual runaways; i.e. Bonnie and her boyfriend; who turns out to be a school teacher, a 30 year old school teacher! The fact that we got Eden’s POV, the one who was left behind and has to face the consequences of their actions; trust me worked in their favor!

The book does get a whole lot slow in the middle, which made it a bit impossible to get entrenched in the book as I was in the starting of the book.  

I still enjoyed the no – nonsense relationship between Eden and Connor; a no drama relationship that was as comfortable as an old married couple, which is something that you rarely see in a teenage relationship. There were also side stories going with her adopted family and her real sister which had me wish that I could have had a bit more closure on that front.

But there were times that I really got irritated with Eden and not to mention Bonnie, which has to be a side effect of the plot that slowed down and couldn’t keep my interest at times – but I enjoyed the growth of Eden as a character.

This was my first book by Sara Barnard and I have to say even with my rating; I am definitely going to be picking up the rest of her books soon. 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5


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