Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Review: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

What Happened to Goodbye
Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
Audio Book {10 hrs}
Source: Public Library
Genre: Young Adult
Characters: Maclean Sweet
Challenge: 100+, Whisper Stories

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.

What Happened to Goodbye was all about how Maclean was dealing with the divorce of her parents.

The characters in this novel were described in such vivid detail that they felt like real people. I couldn't help but to be drawn into Maclean's struggle with the mother. As a reader, I understood how Maclean felt and truly sympathized with her.

I'm not sure if this book was supposed to be a young adult romance with the ineraction with Dave and Maclean. If so, it fell short on that aspect. The connection between the two of them was secondary and more of an afterthought thrown in at the very end of the book.

Every other aspect of this novel was great, and the overall story could have done without the lackluster romance of Dave and Maclean.

Read by Meredith Hagner
Duration: 10 hours
Penguin Audio
Narration: A
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