Goodbye, Perfect is the third novel from YA author Sara Barnard, and is a sensitively told story of love and friendship in many forms. Eden is as surprised as everyone when her best friend runs away with her secret boyfriend, and even more so when it turns out to be their music teacher. What follows is the story of Eden’s battle between doing what she knows is right by her best friend, and what she must do to keep her safe.
It has to be said, Sara’s books are incredible and Goodbye, Perfect is no different. She’s one of those authors that just gets it, every single time. Her ability to capture the teen voice and write honestly about friendships is unparalleled. Goodbye, Perfect deals with the tough topic of teacher-pupil relationships and the effects they have on everyone involved, but not once did I feel like I had to put it down. Instead, I felt compelled to carry on reading to see how far Eden’s loyalty to her best friend would go, and how much their friendship would be tested. The outcome was hard hitting but essentially honest, and I was relieved to find that not once was the teacher-pupil relationship romanticised. It is this honesty, more than anything, that made me love Goodbye, Perfect, and will keep me going back to Sara’s books time and time again.