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.


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