Book Review: Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard

ISBN 978-1509852864

Genre: Fiction/ Young Adult

Publishers: Pan Macmillan India

Price: Rs. 399/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
Behind the Book

Goodbye, Perfect is a beautiful and emotional contemporary YA novel, with a powerful friendship at its heart, by bestselling author 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 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.

About the Author

Sara Barnard lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the 'on' switch on the family Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of second-hand book shops at a young age. She is the author of Beautiful Broken Things.

Some books are like a surprise package. Based on their blurb and cover you form a certain expectation from them and they totally turn the tables by not only turning out the complete opposite of what you had expected but also way better than that. Goodbye Perfect was one such read for me.

At the forefront it is a story of two best friends Eden and Bonnie who share a wonderful camaraderie. Till Bonnie runs away with a guy Eden knows nothing about. She is left hurt, angry, clueless and also guilty of not being a good friend to someone who meant the world to her. The story is about how Eden discovers so many unknown aspects of Bonnie’s life and tries to understand her actions.

At the core of it all, it is a story of the confusion we experience when we are on the periphery of adulthood, teenage. We are neither a kid nor an adult completely. But we are expected to behave like both, at different circumstances. This expectation is what adds to our confusion of what is exactly expected from us. Also, this adds a bit to our rebellious nature when we try to break the shackles and fly high in a sky of our own. Seldom do we realize the repercussions of our actions in that age.

The narrative is poignant and depicts their friendship as beautifully as the chaos of being a teenager. The plot is totally relatable and makes for an engaging read. I don’t know whom I loved for, Eden or Bonnie. Eden is the matured one, stable minded, someone who has her head firmly on her shoulders while Bonnie is the dreamer, vulnerable and rebellious in nature. Both are absolutely adorable and tug your heart with their eccentricities.

I would recommend this story for its innocence and because of just one thing – This story has its heart at the right place.

Foodie Verdict

This book is like the Fadaa ni Khicdhi- Food for the soul at its best!

Source: Tarla Dalal