Goodbye, Perfect

Goodbye, Perfect

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

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. 

Thoughts:

Sara Barnard is a fabulous writer and I’ve enjoyed her books in the past, so I was looking forward to reading Goodbye, Perfect. I didn’t read the synopsis before I started this book, or even before I bought it. I just thought it was Sara Barnard so I was bound to enjoy it. I’m sad to say that I had really mixed feelings about this book. Partly because it was about a teacher-student relationship. As a teacher, that doesn’t sit right with me. Ever.

Goodbye, Perfect is all about Eden’s good friend Bonnie, who runs away with the music teacher at school. Eden is the only one that knows where she is. She’s torn between being loyal to her best friend and between doing the right thing. Eden starts to question everything and wonders if she, herself, could bring Bonnie home.

I liked some of the relationships in this story. I loved that Eden was so close with her biological sister, Daisy. I also appreciated that there was representation of post adoptive children. I truly believe that all kinds of families should be represented. Especially in YA literature. There was also a totally healthy relationship between Eden and her boyfriend Connor. Connor was an adorable character but I also loved how he was a carer for his poorly mother. Again, another tick for representation in Sara Barnard’s books.

For me, the plot wasn’t exciting enough. I didn’t enjoy the teacher-student relationship. I thought that the plot dragged with nothing really to move it along.

Don’t let my somewhat lukewarm review put you off this author though. She is usually fabulous and this book is an okay read. It just wasn’t what I expected.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

An easy to read book, but not one that is full of action!

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This Week In Books #116

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Persons Unknown (DS Manon, #2)

NOW- Persons UnknownSusie Steiner– I’m currently just over halfway through this book. I don’t find it very remarkable but it’s easy enough to read. This book will be reviewed as part of the ‘Talking About feature’, with my sister Beth!

Goodbye, Perfect

THENGoodbye, PerfectSara Barnard- This didn’t take me long to read at all. It’s about a teacher-student relationship…which always sits strangely with me!

Brave New World

NEXTBrave New World- Aldous Huxley- This is this month’s Banned Book. Look out for the review on the last Monday of the month!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Stacking the Shelves #186

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Bought:

Goodbye, Perfect

I have enjoyed Sara Barnard’s previous books, so I’m super excited to read this one!

I Let Him Go: From the mother of James Bulger

I have heard such moving things about this book. I think it’s going to be a tricky one to read, but powerful all the same.

The Beach Wedding

I read about this book on Jenny’s blog. I love Dorothy Koomson’s writing. I’m intrigued to see what a short story of hers is like. It’s only a pound too!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Round Up of British Books Challenge 2017

The British Books Challenge is hosted by Michelle at Tales of Yesterday. Find out more about it HERE.

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. I smashed it once again this year by reading 63 books by British Authors.

Here are 2017’s efforts!

  1. The One Memory of Flora Banks– Emily Barr
  2. Paper Butterflies– Lisa Heathfield
  3. We Come Apart– Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
  4. How Hard Can Love Be?– Holly Bourne
  5. Disclaimer– Renee Knight
  6. Margot & Me– Juno Dawson
  7. The Trouble With Goats and Sheep– Joanna Cannon
  8. The Witchfinder’s Sister– Beth Underdown
  9. London Belongs To Us– Sarra Manning
  10. The Cuckoo Sister– Vivian Alcock
  11. The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time– Mark Haddon
  12. The One– John Marrs
  13. Mad Girl– Bryony Gordon
  14. Lie With Me– Sabine Durrant
  15. Pilot Jane and The Runaway Plane– Caroline Baxter
  16. Fish Boy- Chloe Daykin
  17. Awful Auntie– David Walliams
  18. The Last Beginning- Lauren James
  19. Girlhood– Cat Clarke
  20. One Italian Summer- Keris Stainton
  21. Release- Patrick Ness
  22. Unboxed- Non Pratt
  23. Follow Me– Angela Clarke
  24. Watch Me– Angela Clarke
  25. Trust Me– Angela Clarke
  26. Truth Or Dare– Non Pratt
  27. I See You- Clare Mackintosh
  28. Blood Sisters– Jane Corry
  29. The Prime Minister’s Brain- Gillian Cross
  30. The Nearest Faraway Place– Hayley Long
  31. The Graces– Laure Eve
  32. Miss You– Kate Eberlen
  33. Damage– Eve Ainsworth
  34. Indigo Donut– Patrice Lawrence
  35. Gone Without A Trace– Mary Torjussen
  36. Her Husband’s Lover– Julia Crouch
  37. He Said/She Said– Erin Kelly
  38. Cartes Postales from Greece– Victoria Hislop
  39. Fortunately, The Milk– Neil Gaiman
  40. Good Me, Bad Me– Ali Land
  41. The Scarecrow Queen– Melinda Salisbury
  42. Charlotte Says– Alex Bell
  43. Close To Me– Amanda Reynolds
  44. Coraline- Neil Gaiman
  45. The House– Simon Lelic
  46. The Betrayals- Fiona Neill
  47. The Trophy Child– Paula Daly
  48. Saffy’s Angel– Hilary McKay
  49. Behind Closed Doors- B.A Paris
  50. No Virgin– Anne Cassidy
  51. No Shame– Anne Cassidy
  52. Then She Was Gone– Lisa Jewell
  53. The Treatment– C.L Taylor
  54. Letters From The Lighthouse– Emma Carroll
  55. Black Hearts In Battersea– Joan Aiken
  56. The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club- Alex Bell
  57. 13 Minutes– Sarah Pinborough
  58. The Hours Before Dawn– Celia Fremlin
  59. Noah Can’t Even– Simon James Green
  60. Witch Child- Celia Rees
  61. The Friend– Dorothy Koomson
  62. A Quiet Kind Of Thunder– Sara Barnard
  63. Finding Jennifer Jones– Anne Cassidy

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Beautiful Broken Things

Synopsis:

Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it. 

Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Sara Banard’s debut novel so I was super excited to get to read A Quiet Kind Of Thunder. I always worry when I enjoy a debut so much because sometimes the next book can’t quite live up to it. However, A Quiet Kind Of Thunder was a stunning read which was both cute and moving at the same time.

It centres around Steffi who has been unable to talk to others that aren’t close to her. She is a selective mute. It doesn’t mean she chooses not to speak, she physically finds it difficult and can’t speak to others. No one has ever been able to put their finger on why Steffi can’t speak to others. There are a lot of things that have happened in Steffi’s young life, but the selective mutism came before some tragic events. Steffi is starting sixth form with the pressure of some new people and having to talk as her best friend has moved to college. Steffi knows staying at sixth form is easier, because others are aware of her difficulties. A new guy, Rhys, starts the sixth form. He is deaf and she is asked to be his guide because she knows sign language. Rhys and Steffi begin to build a beautiful friendship. He helps her learn more about sign language and Steffi helps him around sixth form. Gradually they grow closer and develop feelings for one another. They become very dependent on one another. It’s the sweetest thing!

This book won’t be for every reader as it is quite sickly sweet with the romance. However, I was fully on board with it. It was a cute, believable romance. It wasn’t just about that though. It was about Steffi’s journey to recovery. Life wasn’t easy for her just because she had found someone. I appreciated the representation of selective mutism and social anxiety. It wasn’t an easy fix and I adore that in a book. Give me more realistic mental health books! 🙂

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I highly recommend this sweet read!

This Week In Books #90

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

A Quiet Kind of Thunder Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories Holes (Holes, #1)

NOWA Quiet Kind Of ThunderSara Barnard– I am about halfway through this book which is such a touching read about a girl who is a selective mute and a boy that is deaf.

THEN- Dear BullyVarious– As with some other anthologies there were some strong stories in here and some not so engaging. An important read though!

NEXTHolesLouis Sachar- I’ve been told to read this so much by Year 6 that I really need to get to it!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

This Week In Books #89

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories Girl in Pieces A Quiet Kind of Thunder

NOW- Dear BullyVarious- I’m really enjoying this collection of stories from authors that have been either bullied or have bullied someone. If I had more time, I probably would’ve finished it by now. It’s easy to read!

THEN Girl In PiecesKathleen Glasgow– This book let me down a little. I was expecting great things but found it to be incredibly slow.

NEXTA Quiet Kind Of ThunderSara Barnard– I’ve heard such good things about this book! I’ve enjoyed Sara Barnard’s previous books, so I have high hopes!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!