Tuesday, September 6, 2011

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen Review

whathappenedWhat Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen  
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Pub. Date:  May 10th 2011
Pages: 402
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

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.

My Thoughts:

I do have to say that this book is a little different than most of Dessen's books. Most of the books have the parents absent but this one is about bringing a family back together after it's been torn apart. We meet the main character, Mclean. She started to live with her dad after he and her mother divorced. It's been two years and in those two years she's had three different identities for each of the towns she'd lived in. They had just settled into a new town and she was going to create a brand new identity when she meets a boy, Dave, who she tells her real name to. This book is a self discovery one. She doesn't know who she is anymore because of all the different identities she had taken up. I loved all of the characters, especially Deb. Dessen always has a way of making her books so genuine. I can totally relate to Mclean. Being able to relate to a character is so important to me as a reader! If you've been a long time fan of Dessen's, like myself, you might have noticed a couple of her other characters and places from her other books. Which always takes me by surprise! Although like I said this one was a bit different than the other ones, but I have to say in a good way. Way to go Dessen and I can't wait for the next one! 4 out of 5 paws!

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As always,

That Chick That Reads

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