Also by this author: Lock and Key, Along for the Ride, Saint Anything
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.
Sarah Dessen’s books are always a safe choice for me. I always like them and usually love them. After finishing Saint Anything (which I looooved by the way) I decided to just go ahead and start another audiobook by Dessen. What Happened to Goodbye was my choice from the 2 or 3 of hers I haven’t read.
What Happened to Goodbye is about McLean, she’s going through a bit of a crisis since her parents’ messy divorce. McLean was an interesting main character but I didn’t feel a lot for her. She made some very unwise choices that predictably came back to bite her. I also didn’t connect with the romance as much as I wanted to. I liked Dave but Dave and McLean just felt meh…
There were things I really loved. McLean’s new group of friends was one. They were so funny and kind. I also really enjoyed the storyline with McLean and her mother. I had no idea how McLean was going to get over her grudges and it was nice seeing her do that in a realistic way.
The audiobook was great and kept me company on many drives. I think Meredith Hagner did a great job capturing the heart of the story and bringing it to life.
Overall, What Happened to Goodbye was a fine book but certainly not my favorite by Dessen. Honestly, this book might have suffered because I listened to it right after Saint Anything, which was spectacular.