Sunday, April 14, 2013

What Happened to Goodbye by: Sarah Dessen

Title: What Happened To Goodbye
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Speak
Pages: 402
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchase

Description:

Another town. Another school. Another Mclean. Ever since her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her father have been fleeing their unhappy past. And Mclean's become a pro at reinventing herself with each move. But in Lakeview, Mclean finds herself putting down roots and making friends—in part, thanks to Dave, the most real person Mclean's ever met. Dave just may be falling in love with her, but can he see the person she really is? 

Does Mclean herself know?

My Thoughts: 

Mclean has spent 2 years creating these images of herself changing her name how she dressed when in reality I don't think she ever fully got over what the divorce meant to her, her parents aren't even obvious to what is going on.  Her mother has a new husband and a set of twins and tries desperately to connect with her daughter.   Meanwhile her father Gus is fixing restaurants and moving a few weeks dragging his daughter with him.

Mclean for the first time uses her own name, connects with people makes friends and even a boy interest and doesn't want to uproot this.  But when life falls apart she runs back to an old hotel room she shared with her mother.  It's there that her parents find her and find out what has been going on.

I loved reading about all the various alias's of Mclean and how she has alot thrown at her and how she deals with it!  What an incredibly moving story!  I enjoyed all the characters plus the return to Colby which was in the last book I read Along for the Ride.  Nice to return to somewhere previously mentioned.

1 shout outs:

Meryl S. Fortney said...

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