Friday, May 13, 2011

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

What Happened to Goodbye
By: Sarah Dessen
Source: Purchased E-book
Released: May 10, 2011
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"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." (summary from

Sarah Dessen's What Happened to Goodbye is the story of Mclean who now lives with her father after her parents divorce. Mclean's father is a restaurant consultant and moves often for his job which means Mclean never stays in one town for long. Each time Mclean moves she recreates herself with a new name and new personality. However, in the most recent town Mclean finds that for the first time she wants to be herself.

I found myself sympathizing for and relating to Mclean as she tries to figure out who she is and learn to deal with the aftermath of her parents divorce. She keeps herself at a distance from others as a way to protect herself. Mclean must learn to face her problems instead of running away like she has done in the past.

I enjoyed What Happened to Goodbye because it is such a realistic story about relationships within families and friends. The plot and character development is strong. Dessen creates both unique characters and an appealing setting. I definitely recommend What Happened to Goodbye it is an excellent book about discovering who you are.

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