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What Happened to Goodbye

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  76,717 ratings  ·  4,287 reviews
Who is the real McLean?

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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Viking Juvenile
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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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May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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,
Melannie :)
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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*


Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it

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 love interest. Family drama that comes to a Dis
may ❀
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it

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.


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, come
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
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“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
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.:)
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
May 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
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Cait • A Page with a View
McLean reinvents herself in every new town she moves to with her dad, so her life so far has been more like a series of changes & endings instead of new beginnings. She's not quite sure who she is, but is good at jumping into whatever new role and name she wants to be for a short time. In the most recent town she meets Dave ("boy genius, smoothie maker, cellar dweller" - the one who shows up in so many other books) and starts to figure out who she could really be.

I like a lot of the individ
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...
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
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Mclean verhuisd met haar vader naar Lakeview. Ze is het gewend om i.v.m. haar vaders werk steeds te verhuizen naar een andere plaats en dus ook naar een nieuwe school e.d.

Iedere keer bepaald ze voor zichzelf ook weer een nieuwe identiteit en zorgt ze ervoor dat ze niet te veel aan mensen 'hecht'. Maar in Lakeview gaat het toch net iets anders waar ze een vriendenclubje opbouwt en gewoon zichzelf is. |

Tegelijkertijd worstelt Mclean met de relatie met haar moeder. Ze neemt haar de scheiding van h
Mary Ann
Aug 01, 2010 marked it as to-read
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
Jun 05, 2010 rated it liked it
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 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wat een heerlijk boek om lekker in het zonnetje te lezen! Ik was het boek begonnen op mijn telefoon, maar besloot na 50 bladzijden het fysieke boek bij de bieb te halen. Toen ik die eenmaal had, vloog ik door het boek heen. Dat leest zoveel makkelijker dan op mijn telefoon.

Uitgebreidere recensie komt maandag op mijn blog :)
Odette Knappers
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Oh, wat was dit weer een heerlijke Sarah Dessen!

Ja, sommige dingen aan het plot zijn voorspelbaar - qua uitkomst dan, de weg naartoe is niet supervoorspelbaar.

Maar wat ik zo mooi vind aan haar boeken, is dat er altijd wel grotere onderwerpen zijn die ze er heel subtiel en goed in verweven heeft. Het hoofdpersonage in dit boek zit nog best wel met de scheiding van haar ouders en haar relatie met haar vader en met haar moeder en hoe ze met bepaalde dingen om moet of wilt gaan en alle struggles die
I read this for Romance Book Bingo 2017: Guy/Girl Next Door square.

Though I really did enjoy 2 out of the 3 Dessen books I reviewed yesterday, this one fell very short. It has classic Dessen moments (or what I consider classic). However, the flow of this book was pretty bad. It took me a while to get through it, and I am not going to lie, I started skimming a bit last night because I was seriously bored the whole time. I think the main issue was that I was not engaged with Mclean's love interes
Jay G
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 about discoverin
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
“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 I completely understand McLean's u
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