What Happened to Goodbye
by Sarah Dessen
Suggested Age: 12+
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Description: 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, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out.
Mini Book Review: A delightfully real and honest story. All of the characters ring true and the dialogue is very authentic for the target audience. The parents of course were a wee bit clueless but they owned up to their mistakes and acted very human. I got a kick of some of the scenes involving the restaurant, as I worked in the field , and when they mentioned "being in weeds" it brought back memories. I enjoyed her style of writing and the plot moved along nicely. None of the characters were stereotypical like in many YA books, You know the bitchy cheerleader, the angsty boy, the loner, etc. Very impressive I highly recommend this to everyone, especially teens who have been through Divorce. For those who are concerned with the following, there is no sex or violence and very little mention of drinking so it is also a clean read and good for even readers as young as 10. I will definitely be checking out other books by Sarah and really wish there had books like this when I was growing up. I went straight from Judy Blume into adult books, there was no in between stuff like this.
I borrowed this from Jenn on recommendations from Teri who absolutely loves Sarah Dessen
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