What Happened to Goodbye Sarah Dessen
Release: May 10, 2011
Hardcover: 401 Pages
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
My Copy: Personal Copy
Buy the Book: Amazon
First off, let me just say that I am a big Sarah Dessen fan. She has this amazing way of writing that is extremely poignant without being angst ridden and compelling without being flashy. Her novels unfold quietly as we are following her protagonists journey of self-discovery and healing. Dessen usually writes about girls who are from "broken homes" or suffer a tragedy. We come in after the fact and watch them try to pick up the pieces. Her endings are usually inspiring and heartfelt, but never trite. I have never been disappointed by Dessen and What Happened to Goodbye is no exception.
What Happened to Goodbye centers around McLean, who lives with her dad after her parent's bitter divorce. Her mother left her father for another man and ended up having twins. Now McLean is on shaky terms with her mother as she deals with her anger at her mother's actions and the awkwardness of her new family. Her dad moves around a lot due to his job and this suit McLean just fine. In each new town, she has a chance to reinvent herself and choose who she wants to be: a cheerleader, a student council member, a drama diva. But now she finds herself in a new town where she might just want to be herself again. Especially after meeting her next door neighbor Dave, who sparks her desire to figure out what being herself means.
Again, you can't really go wrong with Sarah Dessen, so I thoroughly enjoyed this book. She has GREAT characters with depth and complexity. There are no easy answers, no black and white situations in Sarah Dessen's world. I don't think this was her strongest effort but it was certainly solid and worth the read. If you haven't checked out Sarah Dessen, do yourself a favor and go get her books!