Goodbye, Perfect Book Review

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Authord: Sara Barnard
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Pages: 300
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Synopsis from goodreads:

“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 complete shock when, five days before the start of their GCSEs, Bonnie runs away with a guy Eden knows nothing about. And it’s the last person she would ever have expected.

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

Goodbye, Perfect is about friendships and just how far we’d go for our best friends in times where trust is paramount but so is the safety and happiness of our friends. It shows us that no one is perfect despite outward appearances hinting at so, and how family and friends are the most important things in the world.

I absolutely LOVED this story of two friends, the one doing something completely unpredictable and out of character, and the other responding accordingly with conflicting feelings of loyalty and honesty. Eden loves her friend and wants to prove her trustworthiness, but Bonnie has kept secrets from Eden that best friends don’t keep stuff from the other. This book is all about testing friendships and exploring what is it to be a friend – is it to keep your secrets no matter what, or is it to have your health and happiness at heart at all times?

Bonnie is an insufferable character with her constant smiley emojis and her smugness for doing something totally crazy in the name of love, but she is naive and doesn’t really know what she’s doing. Poor Eden gets caught in the middle between telling truth and lies for the sake of her friend. We see the after effects of a child running away from home as parents crumble, press swarm to the school and local town and friends realise that maybe they weren’t as close as they thought they were.

This is one of those books that makes you feel both good and sad at the same time. It has many themes woven in between the major story line and theme of friendship, also exploring romance at the teenage stage, adoption, pressures of school life and perfection and its unrealistic expectations.

The writing is easy to follow and I could have read the book in one sitting if I could have! I love the inclusion of text message conversations (but god Bonnie’s texts were annoying) and the newspaper articles. There’s also an interesting relationship set up between Eden and her adoptive parents and the relationship she has between herself and her sister related by blood, Daisy, and her sister related by adoption, Valerie. It’s thought-provoking and heart-warming as the family grows closer in this stressful time. Though it’s a tiny part of it, there’s also the brief mention of university and the harsh realities that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

My favourite theme explored is the idea of perfection and how it simply doesn’t exist! It just shows that all of these people we deem perfect or to have the perfect life, actually don’t and are hiding so much from us that we don’t know. It also shows how striving for perfection can lead to your downfall – the pressures some people put on themselves can be so heavy they end up hurting themselves and those around them.

Goodbye, Perfect has so many levels and I loved reading it. It’s a story of love and loss and the ending is somewhat left open for interpretation – for the reader to fill in however they want.

 

January wrap-up & February TBR

Hey bookworms! I have had a fairly middle of the road January until the 31st where I somehow managed to pass my driving test!! I can’t believe it, I still feel totally incompetent at driving but I finally have a license! I’ve been doing driving lessons for ages and I find it really difficult to do and have to concentrate so much but at least now I can actually start driving myself places and not have to rely on other people!

I’ve been back at uni this January but we have had quite a few breaks and days off so I’ve managed to read a total of eight books this month! My average is around four so to double this was pretty amazing. I’ve read classics to poetry to fantasy, discovering new authors and reading more by beloved ones.

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Author: Louisa May Alcott
Publisher: Puffin Classics
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

A classic I’ve wanted to read for ages, I absolutely loved this story about four young women. Jo was my favourite character being a fellow bookworm, and I adored the description and story lines of the different characters in this two part book. (Also how gorgeous is this edition?!)

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Author: Rupi Kaur
Publisher: Andrew McMeel Publishing
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Just as raw and brilliant as the first one, I loved the style and layout of this collection of poems. Though hard to read and digest at times, it’s an honest and thought-provoking work of art and I love the little illustrations as in the first book, Milk and Honey.

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Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: ♥♥

I wanted to read this for some nostalgia and instead got a bit of an awkward story with a rushed and pretty poor ending. I didn’t think this book added anything to the Twilight saga and unfortunately I did not enjoy it and won’t be reading this book again.

 

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Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Publisher: Gollancz
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

A brilliant tale of dragons that love to hear stories with absolutely gorgeous writing and little fairy tale-like stories scattered throughout. I really enjoyed this book and loved the world and legends Kristen created!

 

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Author: Maria V Snyder
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

I read this book in a day – it was easy to read and follow with a fantastic world set up and division of magic and non-magic peoples. Yelena was a great character to read about, the only thing letting this book down slightly was that the writing wasn’t very descriptive which I prefer in a fantasy novel.

 

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Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Orion Publishing
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

A stunning third book in this quartet, I loved the relationship between Mare and Maven and how creepily sinister things got in this book! Who knows or can even guess where things will go in the fourth book, War Storm, but I can’t wait to find out!

 

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Author: Erika Johansen
Publisher: Bantam
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

More detail about the Crossing is revealed in this book and I love the mix of dystopia and fantasy that this books takes. I desperately need to finish this trilogy and find out some answers!!

 

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Author: Maria V Synder
Publisher: Mira Ink
Rating: ♥♥♥

Yelena goes home to the south where she’s originally from and meets her family as she also learns about the magic inside her. Again this book was easy to read and I read it quite quickly – I like the short chapters and find the ends of chapters always page-turning so this book was quickly devoured!

 

My favourite book this month was probably The Last Namsara because I loved the style of the book with little stories interspersed between chapters and the fact that this book included dragons and magic! I also really enjoyed the third instalment of the Red Queen series as well as a beautiful classic, Little Women. My least favourite was definitely Life and Death due to its poor ending and feeble story I found it had due to the changes made. All in all, it was a good month for reading and I recommend reading all of the books I’ve read (just probably not Life and Death, though I do recommend reading it so you can make your own judgement on things)!

February TBR

I’ve already read one book this month which was an ARC I received at a book event I attended a few months ago called Orphan Monster Spy which is a sort of thriller-y historical fiction book. I definitely want to continue with the Poison Study boxset and read some new books I acquired recently including: Goodbye, Perfect and The Cruel Prince. I have so many books and series on my TBR I really want to try and read a few series this year and one is the Shatter Me trilogy!

What books have you read this month and enjoyed? Let me know in the comments!