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What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Posted by Caitie F on July 5, 2011

This is a GREAT summer read!

Title: What Happen to Goodbye?
Author: Sarah Dessen
Hardcover: 402 pages
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers
Year Published: 2011
Rating: ++++

Summary (from goodreads):

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.


This is not your typical Sarah Dessen book. Don’t get me wrong, there is an awesome female character, some fun friends, a great plot, and a swoonworthy boy (who is also nerdy!! YAY).

But the main plot isn’t about Mclean getting with that guy, or building their relationship, it is about Mclean finally figuring out who she is and trying to find out how to have a relationship with a mother who she believes has ruined it all.

I have to say that I loved reading a book about family and self instead of romance. Okay, well family with a little romance. Still, Mclean had spent so much time reinventing herself to fit into each new school that she lost who she was and what she liked. She also didn’t seem to know what it was like to really be friends with anyone. She lived life for the temporary, which made her new relationships and the relationships with her family even more real.

This is one of the better or Dessen’s books. I connected with Mclean and enjoyed every page of the book!

Sis you read it? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!


2 Responses to “What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen”

  1. I haven’t read any of Dessen’s work, but she’s an author I really want to try.

  2. Samoni Mcdonald said

    You should do it

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