01 March, 2012

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

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. 
Combining Sarah Dessen's trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling, What Happened to Goodbye is irresistible reading.
~~~(Summary from Goodreads)~~~

After two years, four towns and four schools later, McLean and her father Gus come to Lakeview. Upon her arrival, McLean plans out a new name and a new personality for their tenure at "just another stop", Lakeview. However, things get out of her control and she is stuck as McLean Sweet, even begin to form real friendships and being herself. 
Mclean's parents messy divorce and the scandal of it serves as the backdrop of the story. The story then follows the life of a teenage girl coping with her life. The author portrays her anger, her frustration very well. Also, gives us an idea about why McLean felt like changing her name and a bit of her personality every time they started off somewhere new.

Then there are the characters like Dave, Riley and Deb. I couldn't but help falling in love with them. Dave is a geek with super high IQ level, who is striving to be more like a 'normal teenager'. He is understanding and fun. Riley is a good friend to both Dave and McLean. Through Deb, we realize that not all 'different' girls are abnormal. Given a chance everyone can fit in this society.

With every page, the author has revealed more about the life of each of the characters and added a bit more depth to the central characters.

Though I have quite a different life from that of McLean (definitely no divorce or custody battle), I can still identify with a lot of things from her life.

5 comments:

  1. Great review! I love Sarah Dessen! I think she's great! I saw this at the library and I think I'll have to get it now!

    PS—I gave you the Lovely Blog Award!

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  2. Great review. Sounds like a great book.

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  3. I only read Sarah Dessen once, and i like it. Looking forward to read her book more.

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  4. This looks like a great read, added to my TBR for sure :) Thanks!

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