Review: What Happened to Goodbye

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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.

What Happened to Goodbye

Sarah Dessen has once again put out a book filled the amazing characters and a plot. The lead girl has spent the last few years moving around because of her dad's job (I know how that feels, because of my dad's job when growing up we did a lot of moving around.) So, I could easily understand McLean (I just adore her name) even though I never became a new 'person's each time moved, I do understand the starting over part.
Basketball was and then becomes a huge part of McLean's life. I understand the sport part of her life but one of the parts I enjoyed about this book was the use of basketball words. And how the sport play a big part in the story. I don't come for a sport family, it's basically just my mom and I for football and WWE. So, reading about sports being a big part of a family and a town was a part I enjoyed; I liked reading about how much sports play in life.
In every Sarah Dessen book there are great lessons to be learned. For me the main lesson in this book is being yourself. The characters are great in the book. Dave, the guy next door. What isn't there to say about him. He's easily my favorite character in the story. There was just something about him and McLean that melted my heart. They are different but the so alike in the same way.
While reading I'm always thinking of the end and this one ended in the way I was hoping/thinking it would.
I wanted to quote a line that, one I love and two wraps up this whole story into a bow. “Your past is always your past. Even if you forget it, it remembers you.”
There wasn't really any twist in this story but that wasn't a down side, I like that is was a simple story that taught lessons. I enjoyed the simpleness charm and witty of this book.

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  1. wow, beautiful quote :)
    I've never read anything by Sarah Dessen. For some reasons I'm always hesitating on her books. Glad you enjoyed this one. sounds like a nice read.

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

    1. This is my favorite quote from this book. I love Sarah Dessen been reading her for years! She's on of my all time favorite! I did enjoy this book. Thank you for so much for stopping by!


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