Review: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen {4.0}

 

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Title: What Happened to Goodbye
Author: Sarah Dessen
Series: N/A
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Vikings Juvenile
Publication Date: May 10th, 2011
Pages: Paperback, 416
My Rating: 4 Stars

Who is the real McLean? 

Since her parents’ bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother’s new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out.

Combining Sarah Dessen’s trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling, What Happened to Goodbye is irresistible reading.

When I first read the synopsis for What Happened to Goodbye ( after buying the book, mind you), I didn’t think much of it. But since I already bought 5 Sarah Dessen books at a bargain price on impulse, I figured, why not just read it? Turns out, it’s a great idea because this is something that I really enjoyed!

Mclean may seem like a complicated character at first glance, what with her multiple names and personalities that come with each move, but really, she’s just like all of us – desperate for a fresh start, and a teenager just wanting to find who she is, or maybe who she’s supposed to become, after the divorce and all the court meetings. I really connected with the story and characters, and I just loved how everything was tinged with just a bit of chaos. I think it just made the story more realistic.

What Happened to Goodbye showed friendship, family, compromise, opening up, learning, love, and so many more themes that I really enjoyed. I really loved the new group of friends that Mclean found, and I’m really glad to have seen Deb do something in her own element. One of my favorite scenes from the book is when they all went to Riley’s. It was when I saw how they functioned as a group, banter and all. I also really loved how Riley’s parents treated them.

This book took me by surprise, and I loved it! I really got immersed in the story, and it was amazing seeing mentions of characters from Dessen’s other books. I can’t believe I only started reading Dessen this year! I definitely missed out. As can be seen, I definitely recommend this book! So far I’ve read 4 Dessen novels, and this is one of my favorites.

****Side note: What the heck happened to Jason though? How did he end up working for Luna Blu. It’s just so out of his personality!

4 captivating stars

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