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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
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Published May 1st 2011 by Viking Children's
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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)
Grace This book has no sex scenes, but I do still think that most books by Sarah Dessen should be for 14 or 15 year olds and up. Keeping the Moon would be a…moreThis book has no sex scenes, but I do still think that most books by Sarah Dessen should be for 14 or 15 year olds and up. Keeping the Moon would be a really good book for your club. Saint Anything would probably be good too.(less)

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Mili
May 11, 2010 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?
Nomes
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
Vinaya
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
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emma
I REALLY LIKE SARAH DESSEN.

Sometimes, I forget that. Even as I’ve been rereading her books this year. Sometimes, you get That Summer or Dreamland or The Truth about Forever. A disappointment.

But then! Then! Sometimes you get Just Listen. Actually...up until this point that was the only definitively fun one out of this reread so far.

UNTIL THIS POINT. Because What Happened to Goodbye is another Sarah-Dessen-at-her-best type of deal.

Summery vibe. Cute
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Melannie :)
Sep 21, 2010 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*

LOVE SARAH DESSEN.


COVER IS AWESOME.
may ❀

Look whose back with another basic-3-stared-contemporary read !!

You know what kinda funny not really?? if I read this book 12 months ago, I probably would have died over how cute it was. But now as I am *cough* a veteran reader *cough* I have gone through too many contemporaries to know that this ranks as – meh.

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So what do we got here?
McLean’s parents divorced a few years back and ever since, she’s been living with her father (although her mother would gladly have her). With her father, comes his spontan
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Janina
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 p
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Pinky
Sep 27, 2015 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
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Cara
May 10, 2010 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 be herse
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Arlene
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 swe
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Muse
OHMIGAWSH. *SQUEEEEEE* 8D Lol ;)
I. CAN'T. FREAKING. WAIT!!! Sarah Dessen rocks my socks! :D AHHHHHHH!!! XD

UPDATE: THE COVER LOOKS AMAZING!!!!!! XD

AS OF NOW, THE BOOK IS OUT.:D IT'S WAITING FOR ME AT THE LIBRARY. MUST. GO. NOW.

***REVIEW***

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./>UPDATE:
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Thomas
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 m
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Ash
May 10, 2010 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
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Brianne
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Margaret Stohl
Jun 17, 2011 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...
Kayla
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick easy contemporary that was very sweet, the problem is I don't find Sarah Dessen books memorable like next week I won't even renember the protagonist or her love interests name.
Jay G
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After her parents divorce, Maclean Sweet has found herself moving constantly. She has been in 4 different towns in the past 2 years. Using a different name at every new school she attends, Maclean reinvents herself after each move. So, when she arrives in Lakeview, and goes to pick a new identity, she is surprised when she chooses Maclean. Now, making new friends and falling for a boy, Maclean is learning to accept herself and learn to not run away when things get real.


Dave is such a sweetheart
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Mary Ann
Aug 01, 2010 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!!
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Another cute, quick Sarah Dessen read. Her books always make me feel so nostalgic in the best way. Awh
C.P. Cabaniss
This is my twelfth Dessen novel. In the last two years I have read all of her published works and am now waiting for book thirteen.

But back to this one. I really enjoyed this overall. It was understandable why Mclean reacted the way she did to her parents' divorce. I had a hard time liking the mother at all, but she did grow on me a little.

All of the friends that Mclean and her dad make in Lakeview are great. Deb is my favorite. She does some odd things that really remind me of myself. I like
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Alyssa
Jun 05, 2010 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 watch another on
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Zoë
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Sarah Dessen book, but I enjoyed it! I didn't feel satisfied by the ending and I wanted a little more romance between Dave and Mclean, but there was good character development throughout.
Natalia
Another amazing book by Sarah Dessen. I have no idea how she does it, but I loved and related to the main character so much.
The story follows McLean. After her parents’ divorce she starts living with her father. They travel a lot and doesn’t have time to saddle dawn and have serious friends or relationship. Every time they travel to a different city, McLean changes. Different personalities, different names, never wants something long term.
This was a really sweet and heartwarming abou
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Trisha
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  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.”

Another wonderful Sarah Dessen book. I love that she is a wonderful author, a go-to author that I know there will be a character I love, a story that's easy to slide right into and a plot with depth and interesting twists.

I'm a mover. We don't move every 6 months, but I don't like to stay in one house longer than 4 or 5 years......so I completely understand McLean's u
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Sarah
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: team-spades
This novel is a good way to introduce your children into the real world. It has a good romance feel, but also deals with some real world issues like moving, finding ones identity, drinking, and divorce. But the drinking is done underage and is portrayed very casually. and the divorce involved a parent cheating on the other and getting pregnant from it. There is some mild curse words but nothing too bad. All in all, it is a good book for a mature child.
Joy
May 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21c, american, realistic, teen
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Justine
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Shelia
Nov 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, romance
I have an ARC...oh yes, be jealous. Be very jealous.
Summer
3.5 Stars, Reread May 18, 2017



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.

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Amanda
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, contemporary, comedy
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen is a coming of age story that (while being entirely predictable) had a lot of heart. I was getting a lot of Freaks and Geeks vibes from this for some reason even though the stories aren’t really all that similar. But it had that same kind of underdog, uplifting feel that really gets me right in the feels. The only real issue here was that I think the ending was blatantly apparent after reading the first couple chapters. Seriously, I had literally everything pretty much figured ...more
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