Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: What Happened To Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

What Happened to Goodbye

By: Sarah Dessen
Published: May 10th 2011 by Viking Juvenile

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.

This is one of Sarah Dessen's many YA contemporaries, and I have to say I was not as interested in this one as the other novels by Sarah--at first. My favorites range from The Truth About Forever to Along For The Ride. The thing I like most about Sarah's novels is the writing. She just knows when to pull a heartstring, to make you question your decisions about life, and just shows us how her characters are similar to us in real life. 

This particular book by Sarah seemed to start off a bit slow, and didn't drag me in as quickly as her other well known novels. Though the premise of this novel (with bits of food and travel references), and the character developments within every Dessen novel intrigued me to continue reading this book and finally finishing it. Overall, I liked it.

I recommend readers to give this book a try who like Dessen's novels and if you are in need of a nice contemporary read.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Feature & Follow Friday

Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by the lovely Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. This blog hop allows bloggers to meet new bloggers and gain followers! If you are a newbie at this, you can find more info on how to participate at the blog of the hosts:)

The General Rules are:

1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
8. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

Question Of The Week

Do you have a favourite place to read? - Suggested by Liberamans

I read in my room most of the time. Anywhere else I would like to sit in a comfy armchair by a window or someplace quiet. But lying in my bed reading before going to bed is my go-to :) 


Friday, December 5, 2014

Feature & Follow Friday

 
Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by the lovely Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. This blog hop allows bloggers to meet new bloggers and gain followers! If you are a newbie at this, you can find more info on how to participate at the blog of the hosts:)

The General Rules are:

1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
8. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

Question Of The Week

Do you decide in advance what you read for the coming week or month? Why / why not? - Suggested by Unconventional Book Views

Not really, because I usually just choose what book to read next after I finish my current book. Sometimes I tend to change my mind on what I wanted to read before, so choosing a book "not in advance" floats my boat:)


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