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Goodbye, Perfect – Sara Bernard

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.

  • 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???

Thanks to Netgalley/the publisher for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

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 discussions going on and I was glad to see representation for this in a way I have never seen before. A pair of adopted sisters who know they’re adopted and love the new family they’re in, no actual ‘relationship’ drama was surprisingly refreshing (like yay – I ship this and they’re happy together #winning), young carers, conversations around opening up and learning to become trustful. It’s great, it really was. Yet . . . it was a bit dull. I feel like it wasn’t explored enough, and fair enough the main focus is on the story of Edith being upset/confused/conflicted about finding out her best friend ran away with their teacher, but it still could’ve done a bit better on expanding the sub-plots. I thought it was great when we finally got scenes like that – like the screaming match between Valerie and Edith in the car *might* have made me tear up.

Also this book felt surprsingly long. It seemed to just draaaag. And the whole time I was shouting at Edith to just tell. I rememember being around like 39% of the way in and was like “Okay this back and fourth should I – shouldn’t I and will she – won’t she has been going on long enough now” but nope. And (view spoiler). So yeah. I just felt as if this book should have been shorter than it was because it really did start to feel formulaic. Like present day scene / things that now meant something different I knew the truth / present scene (usually included an argument / her texting Bonnie being #conflicted). It just felt like it took forever to get somewhere.

But it wasn’t terrible. I did like it – I’m just sad it wasn’t better.

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