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Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard

Goodbye, Perfect

Sara Barnard

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Category: Children's
Imprint: Macmillan Children's Books
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 30 Jan 2018
ISBN: 9781509852864

How far would you go to protect a friend? An incredible novel from the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things and A Quiet Kind of Thunder

1 Prize for Goodbye, Perfect

YA Book Prize
2019 Shortlist

Caroline Carpenter, The Bookseller's web editor and one of the panel of judges said: "We’re delighted to share this year’s YA10, showcasing the breadth and brilliance of YA publishing in the UK and Ireland today. Among the submissions, we saw three main trends: books about teenagers struggling with their mental health, books set in or around water, and books increasingly concerned with borders. These timely themes reflect some of the biggest issues facing not just young people, but also society in general at the moment, and they are all represented on the shortlist in some way. I’m excited to see which book the judges select as their victor.”


5 stars out of 5
17 Feb 2019

"a superb contemporary drama"

Sara Barnard’s third novel, Goodbye Perfect (Macmillan, £7.99), has high potential to be simply an “issue” book, but she avoids being too didactic about what Bonnie and Eden view as “true love” and the media insists is a case of grooming. What we have instead is a nuanced portrayal of how the crisis affects Eden... As with Barnard’s other work, the yearning teenage voice is sometimes painfully authentic, and the avoidance of easy solutions adds to the tremendous sense of realism. A superb contemporary drama.