Monday, May 16, 2011

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

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In the past two years, Mclean Sweet has moved four times. At each stop, she assumes a new persona, but it never quite works. Whether she's an effervescent cheerleader or an intense drama queen, nothing can permanently dispel the turmoil and rage at her mother since her parents' divorce. Sarah Dessen's novel about a teenager and her restaurant manager father captures the vulnerability that young people often experience after the dissolution of their family. A compelling story; strong characterization; and with a touch of romance.
Sarah Dessen writes amazing contemporary novels with awesome characters and an enjoyable plot. What Happen to Goodbye was just as amazing of her previous books and is my second favorite of her books. Mclean isn't sure exactly who she is and she has no clue what her place is in the world. Seriously who hasn't felt this way before? The truth is that everyone has at one time or another. Mclean also hasn't gotten close to anyone, since her parent's divorce, which is really sad. Dave was such a sweet guy and I seriously loved him. I liked that he had the boy next door feel and how sweet he was. The other cast in What Happened to Goodbye were cute and interesting and I couldn't help loving them. Dessen's writing style is remarkable. I know that her books will always cheer me up and captivate me into wanting to read more. This is definitely one of her best novels. I definitely recommend this book to fans of Sarah Dessen's previous novels and fans of contemporary fiction.


  1. I'm reading this one at the moment and really enjoying it. Sarah creates some of the best characters.

  2. Nice article, thanks for the information.

  3. This new novel was a fun read and kept me absorbed most of the time. But I have to say that it lacked the special something that This Lullaby and The Truth About Forever have that make them so wonderful. There were also cliches/metaphors that seemed to fill every page; it was a bit overdone. My high expectations from her previous books were somewhat disappointed, but I'm hoping she can pull off something better with her next one.


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