Wednesday 22 June 2011

Review: What Happened To Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Pages: 402
Publisher: Puffin Books
Released: June 1st 2011

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.

This was another great story by Sarah Dessen. I've yet to find a book by her that I don't adore. I love her writing style, and her characters are always so believable.

What Happened To Goodbye is about Mclean who, for the past two years, has been moving from town-to-town with her dad after her family's scandal. With each town, Mclean changes her name and personality to someone completely different to herself.

That all changes when she meets Dave and actually tells him her real name. The chemistry between the two of them was fantastic and I was utterly drawn in to their relationship. I was rooting for the both of them throughout the story. 

Mclean herself is a wonderful character with plenty of wit. I enjoyed reading her story, and discovering all of the past 'lives'. I also loved witnessing the bond between her and her father.

This book is an easy, light read that's perfect for summer. The characters are extremely likable and, at times, humorous. The story sees Mclean find herself and has a satisfying ending that readers will love.

I'd rate this book:

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