Jess asked Sarah Dessen:

Hi. I'm currently reading,'What Happened to Goodbye?'and I'm curious about how Mclean kept changing her personality and name in each new town. How did this idea come to you? What was your inspiration?

Sarah Dessen I grew up going to school with the same people from kindergarten pretty much all the way up to high school. When you've known each other that long, it's hard to change, or feel like you can. I remember, often, on Sunday nights thinking, "Tomorrow I'm going to be totally different at school," and all the possiblities that contained. I coudn't do it. But I WISH I could have. And in fiction, I get to do a lot I wouldn't otherwise. That's one thing I love about it.
Sarah Dessen

About Goodreads Q&A

Ask and answer questions about books!

You can pose questions to the Goodreads community with Reader Q&A, or ask your favorite author a question with Ask the Author.

See Featured Authors Answering Questions

Learn more