Release date: 8th February 2018
I was kindly sent a copy by the publisher for review
Amazon Description: 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 a guy Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. And it’s the last person she would have expected.
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.
Hey guys, Today I’m going to be talking about and reviewing Goodbye, Perfect By Sara Barnard.
Sara is a UKYA contemporary author, previous books including Beautiful Broken Things (Which I still haven’t read damn it) & A Quiet Kind of Thunder (Which I loved).
After reading A Quiet Kind of Thunder in December 2016, I’ve been highly anticipating Sara’s next book.
I really enjoyed this one, I honestly flew through it. An aspect I love, which is being used more & more frequently in YA is designed pages, showing us what the characters are seeing. I love books that feature designed content, with this one having newspaper reports and text messages, it makes the reading experience even better, in my opinion, especially novels set in the present, because it makes everything feel more realistic. I mean what teenager isn’t constantly texting?
It was interesting to read from the perspective of the best friend in the situation, not the actual people that ran away. Which is what happens often in previous books I’ve read. What I loved about following the main character Eden, is that everything didn’t just stop because of the disappearance, for example, GCSE exams were still happening, it felt more authentic.
The way Sara unfolded information throughout was brilliant, her storytelling is very compelling and led me not being able to put the book down. I think the format of chapters being named after the day it was being told added to that as well, I love when novels do that.
All in all, I loved this one, perhaps not as much as I did A Quiet Kind of Thunder, but it’s still really great!