What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

I stayed up until 2am to finish this book! I could NOT put it down! Now how crazy is that? Sarah’s books just keep getting better and better and better.

Ever since the divorce, McLean and her Dad move from town to town with his job.  Her Dad works for Eat Inc. and moves from restaurant to restaurant – for those of you that watch Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares – he’s a much kinder Gordon but essentially moves to evaluate the restaurant and tries to resuscitate them.  In any case, in each town they live, McLean reinvents herself into a different person, all starting with a different name.  However, something is different about this stop – every time she tries to introduce herself as Liz Sweet something prevents her and she ends up being McLean Sweet, her true self.  Along the way she meets Dave her neighbour and for some reason unbenounced to McLean, people are choosing her as a friend.  She’s starting to feel settled….  But push comes to shove when her mother demands more visitation time – and well…  McLean needs to discover who she really is.

As I’ve mentioned above – this is another one of those wonderful stories!  You’re laughing with McLean, Dave and the gang one minute and yes crying your eyes out the next.  I lived through all of McLean’s fears and dreams in this book – it was fantastic!  A must read!!

Highly recommended

Ages: 14 and up

Here’s a great trailer with Sarah talking about What Happened to Goodbye – really great!!

Favourite Quotes:

Well…  this is one of these books that I got Soooo involved with that I completely forgot about capturing a quote or two.  However – there is one saying that sort of summarizes many themes of this book – which I adore….

“Everyone is something”    p. 132

Dessen, Sarah. (2011).  What Happened to Goodbye.  Toronto, ON: Viking.

Author website:  http://sarahdessen.com/

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