Fiction · Romance · Sadie J · Young Adult

What Happened to Goodbye | by Sarah Dessen

What Happened to GoodbyeWhat Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
(Speak, 2013, 432 pages)

There were two things that Mclean loved more than anything, her family and basketball. But after her mom left her dad for their town’s college basketball coach, well everything changed. She chose to live with her dad and that meant being shuffled around because of his restaurant consultant job. Mclean has spent the last two years in four different schools trying to be anything but Mclean. Whether it’s being the popular girl or the involved in everything girl, she’ll be anything as long as she doesn’t have to be Mclean. Now they’re in another new town and before she has a chance to reinvent herself again, she meets the boy next door, Dave, who makes her want to discover who Mclean is again.

I somehow have skipped over Sarah Dessen so when Teen week came up in class, I jumped at the chance to read her latest book. I loved how Dessen developed her characters, especially Mclean. Although it might sound crazy to make yourself into a completely different person every few months, including your name, I understood why Mclean did it and didn’t fault her for it. Whenever she felt angry and annoyed by her mom, I did too, even though at times it was a touch irrational. The bonus was the romance between Mclean and Dave. It was a sweet relationship with an adorable guy that ended with a thoughtful message that wasn’t only for teens.

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