What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

After her parents’ bitter and publicized divorce, Mclean Sweet lives with her dad as he travels around the country saving failing restaurants. In each new place, Mclean invents a new identity, running from both herself and her family’s past. However, in Lakeview, Mclean meets Dave, the son of overbearing professors, and, with him, finally attempts to just be herself.

I have to be honest — I looked at the cover of this book and really thought it would be just a Nicholas-Sparks-type-fluffy-romance. In some ways it is — it’s a relatively easy read with a kind of predictable plot. However, I thought it was really good! The dialogue is great, and really moves the story along. Mclean is an excellent narrator, and she really highlights what it’s like to be torn between two parents who don’t love each other anymore — heavy stuff! There’s also an interesting sports element, as Mclean is named after her dad’s old college basketball coach, so the game is very big part of the story. However, the story is mostly about friendship, forgiveness, and finding yourself. A little long, but surprisingly good.

Rating: 4/5

*VOYA’s Perfect Tens List, 2011

For full analysis (including flags and SPOILERS) click here.


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