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What Happened to Goodbye

Dessen, Sarah (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Following her parents' bitter divorce as she and her father move from town to town, seventeen-year-old Mclean reinvents herself at each school she attends until she is no longer sure she knows who she is or where she belongs.
Authors: Dessen, Sarah
Title: What happened to goodbye
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 402 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: Following her parents' bitter divorce as she and her father move from town to town, seventeen-year-old Mclean reinvents herself at each school she attends until she is no longer sure she knows who she is or where she belongs.
ISBN: 9780670012947
0670012947
Statement of Responsibility: Sarah Dessen
Subject Headings: Divorce Fiction. Identity Fiction. High schools Fiction. Schools Fiction. Divorce Fiction. Identity Fiction. High schools Fiction. Schools Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Divorce
Identity
High schools
Schools
Divorce
Identity
High schools
Schools
LCCN: 2010041041
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I like Sarah Dessen novels, but this one not so much. It had a good story, but I felt the story dragged on throughout the book. Which made the book feel long and drawn out.

Apr 16, 2014
  • vithu rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was really good even though it was sad in the beginning

this book was both sad but enjoyable. I admit I cried a little but it was worth crying over. highly recommend.

This is book is truly really good and Sarah Dessen is becoming one of my favourite authors
:) :) :) :)

Oct 10, 2013
  • georginamarie rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I've read every one of Sarah Dessen's books at the age of 13.I finally read this book at the age of 15 and I suddenly realized that I've grown out of her novels. It took so long to get through this one because it so much resembled her other books. Her novels became very predictable. This book was okay but not great because I some how new what was going to happen. I would recommend this book to a preteen because the theme isn't too heavy and it's very simplistic.

Oct 06, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is well-written, direct, and enjoyable. This might seem like I'm damning the book with faint praise, but it was really quite refreshing after the run of truly awful books that I've been attempting to read lately. It wasn't exactly mind-blowing, or a tear-jerker or even a page-turner, but it will not make you want to bang your head against a wall. A great book for someone looking for lighter fare.

Ever since her mom had an affair and her parents had a bitter, public divorce, McLean Sweet has always on the move with her dad. Everywhere she goes, she takes on a new persona: drama geek, cheerleader, and all-rounder. But this time is different, this time she is going to try to be herself. With the help with her new friends and potential love interest Dave, will she realize that there is such thing as love or will nothing ever be permanent for McLean?

This was the first Sarah Dessen book I read and I would give it 3.5/5 stars. It was pretty good. At the start, I found it intriguing and quite a background story. I also found the middle to be amazing. But the ending sort of happened really fast and you didn't really understand what happened. But the characters were all amazing and the book did hit some good topics.

ONE BEST ALL TIME AUTHOR CANT WAIT TO READ HER NEEW BOOK

She is the best author ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 24, 2013
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another great Sarah Dessen book. She's becoming one of my favourite YA authors!

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Oct 10, 2013
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Jun 23, 2013
  • Blue_Cat_551 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 02, 2013
  • RainbowMunchkin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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May 31, 2013
  • rieder4 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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May 25, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

loveneverlies1 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

May 25, 2012
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Mar 25, 2012
  • b_xy_p rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Oct 06, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

McLean's parents got divorced two years ago, and since then she's lived in four town and gone to four different schools -- and been four different versions of herself. McLean likes to take on a new name and a new personality in each new place, knowing it won't last long enough for her to get attached. This time, however, chance forces McLean to be herself for a change, and she begins to face the issues her parents' divorce landed her with.

Jun 02, 2013
  • RainbowMunchkin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mclean Sweets parents are divorced and she is having a difficult time. She keeps changing her name and personality every time she moves with her father to a different city. When she moves to a new city she suddenly feels like home and her life changes.

Jun 27, 2012
  • reader1995 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A story about Mclean Sweet and her struggle to find herself as her father continuously moves them around to follow various jobs. When she moved into Lakeview, she began to make friends, and lasting relationships that she didn't want to let go of, especially with Dave, her cute, and smart next door neighbor. To make matters worse, her mother chose that moment to want to spend more time with her daughter. As Mclean struggles to find herself, she steps up to the plate and starts to make decisions for herself. Her parents, seeing the toll the divorce has taken on her, agree to let her finish high school with Dave and stay with a friend, while her father moves to Hawaii and her mother continues to raise her babies.

May 25, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is all about life and reality, and what happens when you decide to choose a wrong part .Mclean Sweet has been on the road for a while - four homes in two years. Every single time, she pretends to be someone else, everyone but Mclean. Ever since her parents' split, she ignored her mother most of the time, never forgiving her for cheating and leaving her dad for a basketball coach in the high-society lifestyle, and took care of her dad wherever they went. Somehow, Mclean liked that - just disappearing midway with her dad, so she didn't need to cling onto anything, or anyone. But then when she moved into Lakeview, she was stuck with her name, Mclean, where she couldn't pretend to be anyone but herself. There she meets Dave, a scientific prodigy, who teaches her to be more like herself. Slowly, everything seemed to be perfect for the moment - she had friends, and she felt welcomed for who she was. But as her mother became more desperate and clingy to her, even threatening to bring her lawyer back to the custody agreement, she realizes that her father might need to move to Hawaii, where he tells Mclean to go back to their old home to stay with her mother. Refusing, and confused, she leaves for the forced 'quality time' with her mother, and overhears her mother talking, and thinks her own mother doesn't care for her anymore. Leaving for the only place she could think of, a motel named Poseidon where she and her mother often went to before the divorce, she cries to herself before her parents arrive, frantic. Her parents find out how big of an impact the divorce was on Mclean, and instead of taking her back to Mclean's original home, her mother decides that Mclean should stay in Lakeview with her friends to finish the final year of high school. There, Mclean graduates, alongside her boyfriend, Dave.

Mar 25, 2012
  • b_xy_p rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mclean Sweet has been on the road for a while - four homes in two years. Every single time, she pretends to be someone else, everyone but Mclean. Ever since her parents' split, she ignored her mother most of the time, never forgiving her for cheating and leaving her dad for a basketball coach in the high-society lifestyle, and took care of her dad wherever they went. Somehow, Mclean liked that - just disappearing midway with her dad, so she didn't need to cling onto anything, or anyone. But then when she moved into Lakeview, she was stuck with her name, Mclean, where she couldn't pretend to be anyone but herself. There she meets Dave, a scientific prodigy, who teaches her to be more like herself. Slowly, everything seemed to be perfect for the moment - she had friends, and she felt welcomed for who she was. But as her mother became more desperate and clingy to her, even threatening to bring her lawyer back to the custody agreement, she realizes that her father might need to move to Hawaii, where he tells Mclean to go back to their old home to stay with her mother. Refusing, and confused, she leaves for the forced 'quality time' with her mother, and overhears her mother talking, and thinks her own mother doesn't care for her anymore. Leaving for the only place she could think of, a motel named Poseidon where she and her mother often went to before the divorce, she cries to herself before her parents arrive, frantic. Her parents find out how big of an impact the divorce was on Mclean, and instead of taking her back to Mclean's original home, her mother decides that Mclean should stay in Lakeview with her friends to finish the final year of high school. There, Mclean graduates, alongside her boyfriend, Dave.

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Jun 02, 2013
  • RainbowMunchkin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: A few

May 25, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: there are some bad words but not that bad for kids above 11

Mar 25, 2012
  • b_xy_p rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: They just say simple things like 'shit', or 'crap' - nothing too offensive.

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Jun 02, 2013
  • RainbowMunchkin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Her friend says "what happened to goodbye?"( pg.6)

May 25, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"life is easy but not about fun It was just a tiny moment. Not a kiss, not even real contact. But for all the things it wasn't, it meant so much. I'd been running for years: there was nothing scarier, to me, than just be still with someone. And yet, there on that dark road, going home, I was". (pg 300)

Mar 25, 2012
  • b_xy_p rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It was just a tiny moment. Not a kiss, not even real contact. But for all the things it wasn't, it meant so much. I'd been running for years: there was nothing scarier, to me, than just be still with someone. And yet, there on that dark road, going home, I was. (pg 300)

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Mar 25, 2012
  • b_xy_p rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What Happened to Goodbye Television Spot

NOW AVAILABLE WHEREVER BOOKS AND EBOOKS ARE SOLD! 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 her neighbor Dave, an academic superstar trying to be just a regular guy, can help her find out. Combining Sarah Dessen's trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling, What Happened to Goodbye is irresistible reading.

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