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 (GoodReads)
I read What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen during a chic-lit binge this past week. I can't lie, it was a fun rabbit hole to fall down. This was not my favorite of the lot, but its still engaging from page 1 and has some feel-good moments.
Originality: 3. This has after-school special written all over it. Self discovery, coming to terms with divorce, realizing your parents are people and wanting them to be happy--what is more cliche than that for teens?
Absurdity: 3. Luckily Dessen's style, esp. the little details, keep everything feeling grounded and authentic.
Level of Harry-Potterness 4. To be honest, I had a hard time finishing this book. I saw most of the conclusion's plot points coming from a mile away. I think I like Dessen best when beaches and summer are involved!