Book Review — Goodbye, Again by Jonny Sun

Photo Credit: Rozette Rago

*Thank you NetGalley and HarperAudio for this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 9/10 (5/5 on Goodreads)

Genre: Essays, Non-fiction


Jonny Sun is a delight and this book is delightful. Through what I can only describe as musings, Sun describes the world in his careful and descriptive way– filtering from quick snippets of interactions with friends and advice from loved ones to stories of his family through recipes and restaurants to taking care of various plants throughout his life and the lessons those plants have taught him. In addition, and what, perhaps, makes this book easier to connect with, is his invitation to how his mind works, anxiety included. I listened to the audiobook and it is narrated by Sun. I plan to buy the physical copy to see the illustrations, but highly recommend the audiobook! Although some sections made my heart speed up as I felt my anxiety get triggered, Sun’s voice is incredibly soothing and it’s nice to hear his thoughts in his voice.

Personal note:

The section on social anxiety where Sun talks about coming up with a things to say on a particular topic with someone in advance and being terrified when the conversation veered into unplanned territory that it’s easier to end the conversation than to fumble was way too real. This is me.

Book stats:

  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Publish Date: April 20, 2021
  • 256 pages (but I did the audiobook)
  • Author’s website: You can also follow him on twitter @jonnysun
  • Preorder the book on BookShop!

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