Review: What Happened To Goodbye

Nov •  27 •  2012

Title: What Happened To Goodbye

Series: No
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Book: 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.
Combining Sarah Dessen’s trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling, What Happened to Goodbye is irresistible reading.”

I love Sarah Dessen books. She always manages to capture such beauty in unexpected events. For some reason, that fell flat for me.
First my gripe. It’s the way the book ended. The author did a  great job in building up such great emotions in the characters. Mclean divorce has been hard on her and she faces lots of anger. With what has happen in her life, she is allowed that anger. Throughout the book, the anger is build up and carried on like heavy baggage all for at the end to have it let go like it was nothing! All of sudden she changes her mind like a snap! There’s no building up to her changing her mind or even coming to a realization of what she holds. For me, it just bothered me.
Other than that, the book is pretty good. There are great minor characters that Mclean has, even a love interest who changes her world upside down. I loved watching Mclean learn and grow, even become open with her past. She learns to trust enough to share what happen and even learns to move on with her life. I like that she took chances and always held on to what she believed.
What Happen To Goodbye is a good story with lots of emotion. What Happen To Goodbye gets deeply personal with the affects of broken relationships. Offering a new point of view, What Happen To Goodbye is good.
I give it 3 BITES!
Happy Reading!

6 Comments

  1. Maji Bookshelf
    Nov 27, 2012

    Sucks that this fell flat for you! I really enjoy reading Sarah Dessen’s books, but I dont think ill be reading this one…
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  2. Amy
    Nov 27, 2012

    Every time I go to B&N I almost buy this, but for some reason I just never do. It sounds good, but it seems like I would be bothered with how it ends too. Thanks for the great review!!

  3. Alison Can Read
    Nov 27, 2012

    I’ve only read one of Sarah’s books. I loved it and want to read the rest. I do remember though, when this one came out, it got more mixed reviews than most of her books usually do.

  4. The Book Pages
    Nov 27, 2012

    I love how honest your review is! I’m sorry this book wasn’t as good as the other ones you have read by Sarah, but I’m glad you still liked most it! I’m new to Sarah Dessen, but I have read This Lullaby and enjoyed it! I also have another one of hers on my bookshelf! c:

    Happy Reading!
    Amber @ Thebookpages

  5. Hm… not good when it falls flat especially when so much emotion is involved. Still, you did enjoy it somewhat. I may have to library book it, but I do think I’ll try her other books first. Especially since you enjoyed them so much.

  6. Midnyte Reader
    Nov 27, 2012

    I don’t think I’ve ever read anything by her. Maybe one of these days : ) !!! I totally understand what you mean about the ending and how the main character just has a change of heart. That would bother me too. I need to know what is behind people’s motivations and attitudes.

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