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What Happened to Goodbye

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  67,315 Ratings  ·  3,790 Reviews
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, Mc ...more
ebook, 266 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Viking Children's (first published May 10th 2010)
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Carliee In my opinion, some of Sarah Dessen's books needs more of a mature, older audience than a 12 year old. I would say about 15/16 years old and up is…moreIn my opinion, some of Sarah Dessen's books needs more of a mature, older audience than a 12 year old. I would say about 15/16 years old and up is where I'd start the age group. The book Dreamland was just so hard to read as I am in school reading it and the things that are happening shouldn't have even happened; but those are real events which coul happen to anyone. I love Sarah Dessen's books so much!(less)
I Love to Read! It depends on what type of reader you are. For me, it was slow for about half of the book. The last 1/3 of the book, however, was very interesting and…moreIt depends on what type of reader you are. For me, it was slow for about half of the book. The last 1/3 of the book, however, was very interesting and worth the wait!!(less)

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Sep 14, 2011 Mili rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I miss the Sarah Dessen who wrote This Lullaby and The Truth About Forever. What happened?
What Happened to Goodbye has no huge inciting incident or great source of tension. Instead the book quietly unfolds in layers: each time Dessen revisits a scene/sub-plot, she goes just a little bit further than the previous time ~ giving more depth and insight into her characters lives, relationships and what makes them the way they are. Ad infintum and you reach the resolution: where Dessen has begun with isolated characters she ends with a motley group of friends who have bonded and each come ...more
Melannie :)
May 27, 2011 Melannie :) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
OHMYGOSH, *squeals*

seriously can't wait anymore,
I have been waiting for a new book by her since, what was it? 2009? I CAN'T EVEN REMEMBER

I want to read this book NOW *cries*


I Sarah Dessen. That is all.

Okay, I lie. That is NOT all. How could I use only six words when the possibility of six hundred exists? My lawyer genes would go into revolt!

I really, really liked What Happened to Goodbye. In fact, it just might rank up there with my other Dessen favourites, Just Listen and The Truth about Forever.

Generally, I tend to like Dessen heroes better than Dessen heroines. It was Owen and Wes who really lit up Just Listen and The Truth About Forever for me. Surprisingly, t
I finished this book yesterday afternoon when I was sitting in the waitingroom at my doctor's office and really had nothing else to do ... which probably says enough.

Seriously, I consider myself a Sarah Dessen fan. I have read almost all of her books and enjoyed the majority of them – to various degrees. What Happened To Goodbye, however, was a huge disappointment for me. The beginning was great, the whole set-up, the restaurant setting, but then ... the whole thing just fizzled out around page
Oct 03, 2015 Pinky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Home wasn't a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” ,

After Mclean's parents divorced, Mclean was on the move with her father from house to house. Needing a change, Mclean decided to change her name and personality for every school she moved to. Onc
Apr 24, 2014 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does Sarah Dessen still have the awesome stuff? Oh yeah. No doubt or question about it.

This time around we're gonna get to follow the story of a girl named Mclean. She comes from parents that go through a tabloid worthy divorce. Going against the norm Mclean decides to stay with her dad, and up to this point has been through four moves with him. Four different girls for each move. But this fourth move is going to be distinctly different because for the first time in long while she is going to b
Must read for Sarah Dessen fans.

My deep like for What Happened to Goodbye comes down to one thing... the protag McLean Sweet. I liked her for lots of reasons and not just because I can relate to her determination to not look down until she identifies a constellation or two when looking up at a starry sky, or because like McLean I’ve never been one to just put myself out there on day one. Also it’s not just because we both have a name you’ve got to live up it, yeah some days it’s not all sweet an
I. CAN'T. FREAKING. WAIT!!! Sarah Dessen rocks my socks! :D AHHHHHHH!!! XD




Another awesome love story from the wonderful Sarah Dessen. She never ceases to amaze me.:) This wasn't my favorite, but I loved it anyhow. I was reading it all of first through third period. Tsk tsk, I know. Shame on me. But it was totally worth it.:)
Jun 15, 2011 Ash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great, now I have to wait another billions years (okay, probably more like 2) for another Sarah Dessen book. Get cracking Dessen! Really though, the reason why so many people love her books are because she just gets it. She deals with problems that not only teenagers but anyone can relate to in some way.

Quick Overview: Another move for Mclean just means another persona. After her parents’ divorce Mclean and her father move around as he works as a restaurant consultant. Two years and four schools
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Another cute, quick Sarah Dessen read. Her books always make me feel so nostalgic in the best way. Awh
Brianne Carter
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What Happened to Goodbye is another hit from the queen of young-adult realistic fiction, Sarah Dessen. As with all of her books, readers can expect a moving story filled with cleverly drawn characters and the perfect touch of romance.

In her tenth novel, Dessen details the story of Mclean Sweet - also known as Liz Sweet, Beth Sweet, etc. After her parents' divorce she travels from town to town with her dad, assuming a new identity each time. Things are different at Lakeview, though. Mclean may ju
Mary Ann
Aug 01, 2010 Mary Ann marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Finally! I've been waiting for her to write a new book since along for the ride came out!!
Aug 17, 2011 Alyssa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who suffer too much real-life excitement and need something to sleep on.
Disappointment. In the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of 2004, the verb “disappoint” is defined as such: to fail to fulfill the expectation or hope of –

I don’t know what exactly went wrong with this book. Maybe Dessen’s becoming lazy – her last three books have left me mourning after her better novels – or maybe she’s just running out of “ever-powerful” things to talk about. Whatever it is that made this book lackluster in the eyes of a dear fan, it’s got to be put to bed here and now. I can’t wat
May 12, 2011 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, realistic, american, 21c
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Nov 29, 2010 Shelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, romance
I have an ARC...oh yes, be jealous. Be very jealous.
May 24, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so there are usually two complaints when it come to Sarah Dessen's books.

Number 1: It's no Truth About Forever / This Lullaby / Just Listen / etc.

Look, a lot of things aren't like the Truth About Forever. That's like bitching at Monet because everything he did wasn't The Water Lillies or something. The Truth About Forever is a rare book, and that doesn't mean that Dessen's other work is as good or as comforting on a rainy day.

Number 2: They're all the same!

I can tell you the plot of a maj
Margaret Stohl
Jun 17, 2011 Margaret Stohl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I automatically read every Sarah Dessen, who is super good at being Sarah Dessen. The guy will be quirky and loveable. A family will somehow be destroyed and put back together. The food service industry will likely appear, as will the beach. Knowing that these things will happen is like knowing that macaroni and cheese will not let me down in a time of need. At least, it never has yet...
Hannah Elise {You're Just As Sane As I Am}
WOW. This book defines AMAZING. What Happened To Goodbye is only the third book I have read from Sarah Dessen but I have to say so far it is my FAVOURITE!

So Mclean begins to tell us about Mariposa, the restraunt her parents owned and then her father's love for basketball as well as her's and then.. her parents divorce and who her mother remarried and the affair..

Mclean had me angry and upset with her mother as well and all the people she was whenever she moved it was all just a disguise..

But whe
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So after having read nine of her previous novels, I may bit a bit biased but I really love Sarah Dessen’s new book. If you haven’t read any Sarah Dessen books before (I pray for your deprived soul), then this review is mostly for you. But if you’re a long time running fan of Sarah Dessen, then all you have to know is that this book doesn’t disappoint. In fact, you should already know that cause you should have already bought and read it by
Mel (who is deeply in love with herself)
I love Young Adult-geared novels which have realistic relationships within them. I love that there was no instantaneous attraction between McLean and Dave, but that it built up after they got to know each other.

I completely adored the side-relationship between McLean's father and (view spoiler). Once again, from their interactions, you could feel the sexual attraction growing.

One last thing: I cried in this book. Full-on. Towards the end, predictably. In a way, the m
This is one great book, I swear. I love Mclean Sweet so much. She's not that bitchy, brat, selfish kind that a usual character be when dealing with a divorce. She's well, sweet and kind. I usually end up reading a Sarah Dessen book for about 2 days because it's usually long but clearly I just finished it for a day. Gosh, I really cannot tell how awesome this book is. I don't even know why I doesn't have much of a rate. But for me, definite 5 star.

I really love the characters how everybody just
Anne Osterlund
May 01, 2013 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
McLean is on her fourth move in two years, this time to the town of Lakeview where her dad is assigned to “fix” Luna Blu—a restaurant that functions slightly better than McLean’s life.

For every move, she chooses a new name: Elizabeth, Eliza, Beth, Liz. At least, Liz is her planned persona when she arrives in Lakeview.

But then she runs into this guy—or rather winds up rescued by him. And suddenly, without knowing how, she finds herself McLean again. But it’s been two years. Two years of moving, o
Steph Su
Mar 10, 2011 Steph Su rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Do you know the Sarah Dessen formula? An “everygirl” with an unusual name; a strained parent-daughter relationship full of misunderstandings; narration that at many times has its typical, literal meaning, along with a larger thematic one; and a nice-boy love interest. Despite the predictability of the elements, however, Dessen never, ever, ever fails to deliver a poignant and teen-pleasing read. Her tenth novel, WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE, will satisfy old and new fans.

There is probably no other c
Anto Tilio
Dec 21, 2015 Anto Tilio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-books-2015
Amo los libros de esta mujer. Me completan de una forma que no me sale explicar.
Preciosa la historia de Mclean, llena de dramas, humor, metáforas y un romance tan lindo, tierno y natural que me enamoró completamente.
Justine O'Callaghan
I love Sarah Dessen more and more with every book.
This might be my new second favorite book by her.
I loved the story.
I love that the family is always the top spot on her books. The love part only comes second.
Sarah Dessen, you are my queen!
Feb 07, 2011 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, ya
After reading an essay Sarah Dessen recently wrote for CosmoGirl magainze on writing the perfect boy, it occurred just the extent to which she has this down to a science: her novels, at this point, are almost like essays in themselves, every point perfectly plotted, every bit of character development and every narrative device perfectly placed. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, I did stay up late finishing WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE, and maybe it's because I'm not 14 anymore, or maybe it's beca ...more
Lauren (Lauren Reads YA)
May 06, 2016 Lauren (Lauren Reads YA) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Shelves: i-own, reviewed, 2010
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What Happened To Goodbye was a great contemporary read, just like every other book of hers.

Mclean, the main character, always changes her personality according to where she just moved, but in Lakeview, Mclean finds herself not creating a new identity but actually being herself. And eventually, she discovers that home is not a location, but it’s the people that you love around you.
I really loved the setting; the little restaurant Mclean’s dad is trying to
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Much like in many of her other novels, Sarah Dessen delivers a plot so original and characters that fit perfectly into the story line. With raw emotion and amazing writing, this has to be one of her best novels yet!

McLean Elizabeth Sweet is making an attempt at a new life, every time her father moves for his job as a restaurant manager. She adapts a new life with each move, but this time around she's forced to be McLean. Living with her barely home fa
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