Review: Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard

This book was not part of my 2018 reading challenge.


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 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.
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Schools I’d Love to Attend

September always means one thing in my house – back to school. When both of your parents teach for their money, it’s quite hard to think of anything else in that time. Almost the whole month of August was filled with stationery (which is probably where my lifelong love of stationery stems from) and school book lists.

With Harry Potter’s son Albus starting school today (yes, it’s been 19 years since the Battle of Hogwarts), I had a think about some fictional schools K wish I was attending. If I had been to one of these schools, I think I would have liked going back to school a whole lot more than I actually did.

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An official ranking of DADA teachers

I recently watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and came to a not quite that startling conclusion.

Whoever gave Gilderoy Lockhart the notion to go teaching should be put to an inquiry from the Ministry of Magic.

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I mean seriously, nice one Dumbledore.

It got me thinking, how does he compare to the other Defence Against the Dark Arts teachers? This here is a definitive ranking of those who filled the position during Harry’s years of education, from worst to best. As Harry missed his seventh year, Snape’s successor, Amycus Carrow, will not feature in this list as he did not feature heavily in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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Teacher’s Pet: FAQ

When you reveal that your parents are teachers, there are questions that always come up.

In reality, it’s a lot more mundane than you might think, but with schools going back in the coming days there are definitely countless other people in my shoes. Be they just getting into the education system or immersed deep in their school going years, anyone with a parent standing at the top of a classroom will be familiar with these queries.

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