Author: Sarah Dessen
Published: May 10, 2011 by Viking
Genre: YA Contemporary
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.
What happened to goodbye is only my third Sarah Dessen book. I’ve only read Just Listen and Along for the ride and I love them both. Though at this point, Just Listen is still by far my favorite.
The book still have the Sarah Dessen ‘magic’ but it is not as good as I expected it to be. Don’t get me wrong, it is not a bad book, in fact I did enjoyed reading it, it’s just that I found the story plot a little bit boring. I like the idea of McLean’s reinventing her life every move. It is really intriguing but I felt there is something missing in the story. I am looking for something but I still can’t pinpoint what.
McLean’s life is a complicated mess and I am quite amazed on her ability to adapt a different persona that easily on their every move. Though I know it is a wrong way to cope up with their situation, I rather found it fascinating. At first, I really don’t like Katie, McLean’s mom, but in the end I understand her more. Gus, McLean’s dad, is just ok though his exposure is minimal.
Now about Mclean and Dave, I really like the subtle romance between them. No rush, taking things one step at a time. I love it.
I think the stronger point in this story is that it was more focused on McLean’s family life rather than her love interest. It makes the story more realistic. Though I got bored a little, this is a great story about life, family drama and acceptance.
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