What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Genre:  Realistic Fiction/Romance

# of Pages:  402 pages

RAC Book:  Yes

Mclean has been moving around with her dad ever since her parents’ traumatizing divorce.  Her dad is a restaurant consultant who goes into struggling restaurants to help them turn it around before it is too late.  This is the fourth city Mclean has lived in over the past two years.  Her relationship with her mother is strained at best as she tries to constantly bring her home and Mclean resists.  One of the reasons Mclean likes moving with her dad is because she can reinvent herself each place they go.  When they reach this latest location, however, she finds it harder and harder to ignore who she really is.  She especially has trouble pretending she is someone else when she is with the next door neighbor boy.  Can Mclean come to terms with her parents’ divorce?  Can she find herself and be prepared for college the following year?  Can she keep aloof with her new friends and refuse to form true connections?

Fans of Sarah Dessen will devour this book as it has all of her trademark appeal.  The characters are multi-dimensional and true.  The story is believable and does not rely on over the top plot twists to keep readers interested.  The relationships are so honest that anyone can identify with someone’s situation.  Overall, another gem for Dessen.  Teenage girls will love it.

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


  1. 1 Dr Stuart Bramhall July 11, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Are you accepting new young adult novels to review? I have just published THE BATTLE FOR TOMORROW: A FABLE about a 16 year old girl who gets arrested for participating in the blockade and occupation of the US Capitol. More about the book (and me) at http://www.stuartbramhall.com

    • 2 manderse11 September 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      If you send me a copy I will review it.

      Dowling Catholic High School
      Attn: Megan Andersen
      1400 Buffalo Road
      West Des Moines, IA 50265

  2. 3 tinalinatime August 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    This is on my “To Read” list and I can’t wait. I really enjoyed “Along for the Ride” after a group of my students gushed to me about Dessen. Looking forward to this one; thanks!

    • 4 Rachael December 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      I am listening to this book as an audiobook right now and let me just tell you that I love Sarah Dessen!! This book is another great read, and I recommend it to all, although not as good as “Along for the ride”.

  3. 5 melinda September 26, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I LOVE all of sarah dessen books :)


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