I hope this book doesn’t end with the protection of a teacher who slept with his student, which while not explicitly stated in the synopsis seems to be what happened with some of the characters in this book. Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard features Eden whose best friend has just run away with her “boyfriend,” an older man who, it turns out, is their music teacher. That alone was rather shocking to read but then it goes on to feature a police investigation, seriously concerned parents, and the fact that Eden knows precisely where her best friend and their music teacher have gone. The primary theme of the novel then becomes…to tell, or not to tell? It’s such an uncomfortable situation, really. How does one remain loyal to their best friend by releasing information about them that they clearly know their friend wouldn’t want them to release? The unfortunate piece of it all is the fact that it is in no possible way healthy for a young girl to run off with her teacher, no matter the circumstances, but I feel like there’s a lot of potential for teenagers like Eden to not know what to do in these circumstances. And really, that might just come down to education.
I have a feeling that this book will end positively, which is the main reason that I’ve added it to my own TBR. I’m looking forward to see how the book handles the entire situation and what occurs between Eden and her best friend. There’s a lot to unpack with this book and hopefully it goes well. I also think it’s so fitting that the cover features a bunch of broken pencils, representing in its own way the brokenness of the situation, the education, and the teacher as a respectable authority figure.
What are your thoughts on this book? Is it one you think you’ll read? One you’ll pass on? If you’ve read it, did you like it? Let me know in the comments! And, as always, happy reading everyone!