What Happened to Goodbye

What Happened to Goodbye

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2011
ISBN: 9780670012947
9780142423837
Branch Call Number: DESS
Characteristics: 402 pages

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nidofito
Sep 04, 2017

It's been almost 10 years since I read a Sarah Dessen book. But her writing was still familiar to me. I enjoy her quiet exploration of relationships. Her stories feel real and emotions sneak up on many times when I read her. It's always a pleasure to go back to my teenage reads.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 30, 2016

This book was amazingly fun to read, and its underlining messages about self-discovery really tie together the characters. Mclean was relatable in ways that were subtle enough to work underneath her constant personality changes. She's your protagonist that doesn't have any immediate "hero" traits, but actually ends up helping everyone around her in some way. I really do ship her and Dave, and the relationship flowed quite nicely with her conflicts. This is a must read, and my favourite of all Sarah Dessen's novels for young adults. 5/5 Stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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nicol55
Sep 18, 2016

The author nailed the internal thinking of a 17 yr girl dealing with divorce/school/and who she is. The debate going on her head was so typical and true of teenagers. Well done. Supporting cast characters were also well written.
Listening to a book is by far, the better way to 'read' ! Meredith Hagner certainly gave great performance.

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peanut7
Jul 22, 2015

I really liked the characters in the book but at the start the pace of the book was a little slow. All in all, it was a really good book.

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SophiaJ4
Jul 20, 2015

I really loved how original the plot was!

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Elentari
Jul 03, 2015

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katieschiefer
Apr 11, 2015

In Sarah Dessen’s “What Happened to Goodbye” Mclean Sweet has moved four towns in the last two years. Her father works as a consultant for an eatery chain, and his job is to rehab restaurants that have not been performing to standards. Her parents divorced two years ago, when her mother cheated on her dad with the coach of his favourite basketball team, a double betrayal that has left Mclean angry and bitter. In an attempt to escape her past, and her parents' very public divorce, Mclean has taken to reinventing herself at every school she goes to. She's been Beth and Lizbeth and Eliza, but never, Mclean. Somehow, though, this changes when she moves to Lakeview. For some reason, despite her efforts, she can't seem to get away from her real name, and consequently, her real self. Soon she finds herself making friends, and even possibly falling seriously for a boy. As with most Dessen novels, this one is populated by a kooky cast of adorable friends, all of whom I loved. The main reason this book worked so well for me, though, was Mclean. Sarah Dessen's heroines generally tend to be more passive-aggressive than pro-active. Even their rebellions are slow things, a bubbling under the cauldron that finally froths over. Mclean, however, is open about her anger and her conflict from the word go. She doesn't secretly rebel- she fights her mother with everything she's got, for the right to make her own choices. She doesn't mince any words in expressing her anger and disappointment with her mother, and she doesn't let her mom's clingy ways steamroller her. There was never any point where I wanted to shake her and scream "SAY IT ALREADY", which is a thing that happens all too often to me with Sarah Dessen’s main character. The title is slightly cheesy as the premise to this book is Mclean always having to say goodbye but all in all, this was an excellent read, like most of Dessen's books. But there's one thing I've come to realize, and that is that you either like Sarah Dessen's style, or you don't. If you do, the relative sameness of her books is like a comforting security blanket you can always return to. If you don't, well, you might want to give this one a miss.

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Dragoslava
Jul 30, 2014

This is the first book by Sarah Dessen that I've read. I enjoyed most of the book as the characters were all interesting. In fact, it would have been nice if more of the back stories on some of the characters (like Deb) had been filled in a bit more. However, I found the mother and stepfather very unsympathetic characters. The ending seemed a bit rushed and preachy.

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tinybookworm
Jul 07, 2014

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.

Reader1girl Dec 29, 2013

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

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brown_crane_20 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 17

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Jun 23, 2013

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jayatungesh
Jun 18, 2013

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May 31, 2013

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mvkramer Oct 06, 2013

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.

RainbowMunchkin Jun 02, 2013

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.

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reader1995
Jun 27, 2012

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.

Ólive May 25, 2012

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.

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b_xy_p
Mar 25, 2012

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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RainbowMunchkin Jun 02, 2013

Coarse Language: A few

Ólive May 25, 2012

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

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b_xy_p
Mar 25, 2012

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

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RainbowMunchkin Jun 02, 2013

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

Ólive May 25, 2012

"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)

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b_xy_p
Mar 25, 2012

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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