Tuesday, August 16, 2011

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Summary: (from book jacket) Another town? Another new school? Mclean really doesn't mind. In fact, she welcomes the chance to try on a new persona. ever since her parents' bitter divorce, she and her father have been on the move, leaving the unhappy past behind them. And each move has brought a fresh opportunity for Mclean to reinvent herself. Perky rah- rah girl. Drama mama. all round joiner. But here in Lakeview, for the first time she' putting down roots, making friends, and trying to be someone she hasn't been in a long time: herself. Dave has something to do with it. He's the most real person Mclean's ever met, and he thinks he's falling in love with the real Mclean. Mclean doesn't even know who that is anymore, but she wants to find out- before it's time to move on again.
Review: I am a huge fan of Sarah Dessen and this book did not disappoint. Although, the plot was a little slow as far as the romance aspect of the story went. I liked the fact that a lot of the story revolved around family issues for many of the characters as well. It was really a story about change and self discovery and trust. I enjoy the fact that Sarah always manages to include the people and places from her other stories. its nothing thats' going to affect your reading experience if you haven't read them, but if you have its like sharing an inside joke with an old friend. I really liked Mclean as a character. I think there is a lot of things that many readers will be able to relate to, I know I certainly did. Dave was also really great. He was an honest guy who had made a mistake and was trying to make it up to his parents. Despite the fact that their relationship developed super slowly I really liked both these characters. Opal and deb were also really interesting characters to get to know. Overall, I did like this book. Sarah Dessen has impressed me once again and i hope she continues to do so for a long time.

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