Review – What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

What Happened to Goodbye

Title:              What Happened to Goodbye

Author:    Sarah Dessen

Pages:     402

Series:    standalone

Publisher:       Viking Juvenile

Publish Date:   May 10, 2011

Source:    library

Genre:  young adult, contemporary

My Rating:        *****

Goodreads Summary:

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.

Combining Sarah Dessen’s trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling, What Happened to Goodbye is irresistible reading

My Thoughts:

I’ve read several books from Sarah Dessen and this one was no different, a good read with real characters that make you feel like you are part of their story.  I liked the dynamics of Mclean’s group of friends.  They were an unlikely bunch, but it worked for them.  Deb was one of my favorite characters.  She was a surprise to everybody, with her hobbies, talents, and take-charge attitude.  I would have to say my least favorite character was the mother.  She just kept pushing Mclean, but she didn’t try to understand her daughter at all.  Too many parents are like that these days though.  It really bugged me that she when she wouldn’t talk to Mclean about the past or the divorce, but just wanted her to be okay with it.

My favorite quote:

I love the part when Dave says “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.”  Found on pages 215-216.


  • The romance was missing.  Not that a book HAS to have romance but I kind of expect it when reading a book by Sarah Dessen. Dave and Mclean were more friends than a couple.

About the Author:

Sarah Dessen grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating with highest honors in Creative Writing. She is the author of several novels, including Someone Like You,Just Listen and Along for the Ride. A motion picture based on her first two books, entitled How to Deal, was released in 2003. Her eleventh novel,The Moon and More, will be published in June 2013. She lives in North Carolina.


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