What Happened to Goodbye

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What Happened to Goodbye

by Sarah Dessen

Penguin Audio | May 17, 2011 | Audio Book (CD)

What Happened to Goodbye is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 10.
Since her parents' bitter divorce, McLean and her dad have been on the move--four towns in two years. Each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 1 pages, 5.77 × 5.25 × 1.55 in

Published: May 17, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142429406

ISBN - 13: 9780142429402

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read This book was quite interesting from the very beginning, and although there was no life/death action, it still kept me reading. The novel wasn't only about teenage love, but rather more on deeper meaning, like what it means to have true friends, settling for who you really are, accepting circumstances whether they're for better or for worse, and mending relationships between family/friends. I love Sarah Dessen's books, especially her most recent ones. I've read them all! :)
Date published: 2012-02-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unremarkable The idea of What Happened To Goodbye was very appealing. Honestly, who doesn’t wish they had ten fresh starts? But I found it to be a little too overdramatic. I was enjoying it while I was reading it. As soon as I finished it, though, I realized that the whole thing was an overreaction. Sure, Mclean’s situation sucked, but after all that time, and all those moves, she still wanted to put her life on hold and act that childish? It wasn't terrible, but it definitely was not adult-friendly teen fiction.
Date published: 2011-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest and Real Mini Book Review: A delightfully real and honest story. All of the characters ring true and the dialogue is very authentic for the target audience. The parents of course were a wee bit clueless but they owned up to their mistakes and acted very human. I got a kick of some of the scenes involving the restaurant, as I worked in the field , and when they mentioned "being in weeds" it brought back memories. I enjoyed her style of writing and the plot moved along nicely. None of the characters were stereotypical like in many YA books, You know the bitchy cheerleader, the angsty boy, the loner, etc. Very impressive I highly recommend this to everyone, especially teens who have been through Divorce. For those who are concerned with the following, there is no sex or violence and very little mention of drinking so it is also a clean read and good for even readers as young as 10. I will definitely be checking out other books by Sarah and really wish there had books like this when I was growing up. I went straight from Judy Blume into adult books, there was no in between stuff like this. 4.5 Dewey's I borrowed this from Jenn on recommendations from Teri who absolutely loves Sarah Dessen
Date published: 2011-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uniquely wonderful :) I bought this book because I am a huge fan of Sarah Dessen's books. None of them have disappointed me yet and this book was also very far from disappointment. It was captivating from the beginning, and kept me interested until the very end. As of all of Sarah Dessen's books, this one doesn't fail to send out a very important moral: what having friends really means to us and that we would be nobody without them. My only concern was that Dave and Mclean's relationship took a little too long to develop, but when it did, you could tell that it would last forever.
Date published: 2011-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it's worth reading! WOW! What a book :) such a good book and it has such a good lesson behind it. everyone belongs some where, it'll just take time to find that place or that little someone who will understan us, love us, stay cl9ose when we need them most. no dought it's good. there's always hope...there's always that someone who'll we find
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of her best I think this book is one of her best ones so far, I actually really enjoyed it. I like most of her novels but for some reason this one grabbed me more, it was really easy to read and I finished it fairly quickly.
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sarah Dessen Fans Will Be Satisifed! Opening the pages of What Happened to Goodbye was like finding myself reacquainted with an old friend! It has been such a long wait for Sarah Dessen's latest novel, so the anticipation may have been high. Once again, she tells the story of a teenage girl trying to figure out her own identity as she still longs for her old life while trying to deal with her less than perfect new one. I was really quick to become sympathetic for Mclean. In the past few years, she has moved constantly with her father, helping to support him as the pair try to outrun a past that always threatens to catch up with them. Her relationship with her mother has been strained ever since her parents divorced, and Mclean still can't find it within herself to forgive her Mom after her betrayal that tore their family apart in a very public way. Since then, Mclean has taken on a new persona during each move, trying to discovery who she really is... only she's not really sure about anything anymore. Dave was cute and sweet, but he didn't exactly leave me swooning on the spot. It was more fun for me to see Mclean and Dave build up their friendship and influence one another in positive ways. Mclean's other new friends, while perhaps less developed, added a touch more realism and helped to round out the story more. Sarah Dessen's novels always have a distinct touch to them and each time I read a novel by her, I fall in love with her beautiful writing all over again. There's a certain soothing quality to them that I can never quite put my finger on. I didn't think What Happened to Goodbye really offered anything new though because you can still see the similarities, or at least common elements, that are also used in her previous novels... but I think I can accept that. It's the execution of the plot that draws me in and Sarah Dessen has always done a wonderful job in accomplishing that. What Happened to Goodbye may not be a favourite of mine by Sarah Dessen, but I still really enjoyed the story. Except for an appearance of a couple characters from Along for the Ride, nothing really came as a surprise in the novel but I don't think I would have expected anything less! In a contemporary novel filled with friendship, family, romance and learning life lessons, Sarah Dessen has offered a novel that will be sure to satisfy her fans. You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/05/what-happened-to-goodbye-by-sarah.html
Date published: 2011-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow This was the only Sarah Dessen book so far that has made me cry. I don't know if it was because I can relate to divorce or if it was because the story just got to me. All I know is that everyone should read this.
Date published: 2011-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sarah Dessen sure knows how to pack and punch and make a girl cry. Somehow Sarah Dessen has made another incredible book. I recommend everyone read this book! I laughed at Dave's straight forward way of thinking, I cried at McLean's dysfunctional yet not so dysfunctional family. I could relate to the character and have dreamed about re-inventing myself in a whole knew town but Dessen touch on the topic of creating someone else and loosing yourself in the process. Although McLean probably lost herself when her family broke up we have to question if she ever really knew herself or just knew her family? Either way Sarah Dessen took a subject that doesn't hold a candle to some of her other topics, like rape and abuse (which when we think about it it really is, just on a seperate plane) and made it just as important, just as touching, and make me reflect on my life, like all her books do, and see just how good i have it. With no situation completely unrealistic and no character completely fake Dessen brought me into a different world that is somehow very familiar. I could basically draw a picture of the straight forward hunky Dave with his nerdy side shinning through his eyes as he lie on the pavement in a completely embarrassing and outrageously hilarious moment. So thats ten books total and about eight of them are incredible. Thats pretty good.
Date published: 2011-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! Sarah Dessen does it again! What Happened to Goodbye was such a touching and sweet novel. However, it did not focus that much on the romance (which I probably would have liked more of) but it was still excellent. There was, a little bit or romance kicked in here and there between the main character and a neighborhood boy. Dessen’s writing is absolutely stunning, her novels never seem to disappoint. Another stunning masterpiece written, I was in love. Definitely pick up this book when you get a chance! Such a touching, moving novel. Impeccable and just fabulous. Definitely recommend it to any teen/tween out there!
Date published: 2011-05-15

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What Happened to Goodbye

by Sarah Dessen

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 1 pages, 5.77 × 5.25 × 1.55 in

Published: May 17, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142429406

ISBN - 13: 9780142429402

About the Book

Since her parents' bitter divorce, McLean and her dad have been on the move--four towns in two years. Each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is.

About the Author

Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold more than seven million copies. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit her online at www.sarahdessen.com.
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