Review: What Happened to Goodbye

Title: What Happened to Goodbye
Author: Sarah Dessen

Following her parents’ bitter divorce as she and her father move from town to town, seventeen-year-old Mclean reinvents herself at each school she attends until she is no longer sure she knows who she is or where she belongs.

Mclean begins another life as she moves to Lakeview. After the messy, and controversial, divorce between her parents, Mclean has had problem adjusting to herself, choosing who she was and what she would be in each city she and her dad moved to. She hated her mother for tearing their family apart and also the fact that her step father was the coach to her father’s and her own favourite college basketball team. As she enters Lakeview, she chooses to be Liz, though that plan falls flat when she introduces herself to some guy as Mclean. Finally forced to be herself, Mclean faces her mom and the other half of her family head on as she discovers who she is, and what she can do. And also, as she falls in love.

Another great book by Sarah Dessen! Written well, we are taken on a journey as Mclean discovers herself and faces what she tried to avoid at all costs. One thing that I love about Sarah Dessen’s novels is that she always includes something, whether a city, or a character, or a place, from another one of her novels. In this particular novel, Heidi and “The Last Chance”, from her previous novel, ‘Along for the Ride’, make an appearance when Mclean goes to Colby. It’s a nice connection that makes the readers of many of Sarah Dessen’s novel able to relate more to the book.

Definitely a good book, filled with new friends, new love, and self discovery. Well written and well done!

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
World Building: 5/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 4/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.00/5

“From this distance, in the dimness, the model looked surreal, made up of parts filled with buildings, bordered by long stretches of empty space. It reminded me of the way cities and towns look when you are flying at night. You can’t make out much. But the places where people have come together, and stayed, are collections of tiny lights, breaking up the darkness.”
-Narrator (Mclean)

“He thought about this for a second. “True. But if you never really make friends, you probably don’t have anyone to be your 2 a.m. Which would kind of suck.
I just looked at him as he stirred his soup, carrots spinning in the liquid. “Your what?”
“Two a.m.” He swallowed, then said, “You know. The person you can call at two a.m. and, no matter what, you can count on them. Even if they’re asleep or it’s cold or you need to be bailed out of jail…they’ll come for you. It’s, like, the highest level of friendship.”
-Mclean and Dave

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