Review: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Review: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah DessenWhat Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Also by this author: Lock and Key, Along for the Ride, Saint Anything
Format: Audiobook
Goodreads
3 Stars

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.

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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.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Land of 10,000 Madonnas by Kate Hattemer

The Land of 10,000 Madonnas by Kate Hattemer

April 19, 2016

Five teens backpack through Europe to fulfill the mysterious dying wish of their friend in this heartwarming novel from the author of The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy.

Jesse lives with his history professor dad in a house covered with postcards of images of the Madonna from all over the world. They’re gotten used to this life: two motherless dudes living among thousands of Madonnas. But Jesse has a heart condition that will ultimately cut his life tragically short. Before he dies, he arranges a mysterious trip to Europe for his three cousins, his best friend, and his girlfriend to take after he passes away. It’s a trip that will forever change the lives of these young teens and one that will help them come to terms with Jesse’s death.

With vivid writing, poignant themes, and abundant doses of humor throughout, Kate Hattemer’s second novel is a satisfying journey about looking for someone else’s answers only to find yourself.

 

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I’ve been dreaming of another backpacking YA since Wanderlove! I’m super excited about this.

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Giveaway: Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.

Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus“You are food. Those muscles you flex to walk, lift, and talk? They’re patties of meat topped with chewy tendon. That skin you’ve paid so much attention to in mirrors? It’s delicious to the right tongues, a casserole of succulent tissue. And those bones that give you the strength to make your way in the world? They rattle between teeth as the marrow is sucked down slobbering throats. These facts are unpleasant but useful. There are things out there, you see, that don’t cower in holes to be captured by us and cooked over our fires. These things have their own ways of trapping their kills, their own fires, their own appetites.”

Jim Sturges is your typical teen in suburban San Bernardino— one with an embarrassingly overprotective dad, a best friend named “Tubby” who shares his hatred of all things torturous (like gym class), and a crush on a girl who doesn’t know he exists. But everything changes for Jim when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.

From the minds of horror geniuses Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus comes a new illustrated novel about the fears that move in unseen places.

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About the authors:

Guillermo del Toro is best known for his critically acclaimed feature films, such as Pan’s Labyrinth, Helllboy, The Hobbit, and Pacific Rim, as well as his best-selling Strain Trilogy.

Daniel Kraus is the award-winning author of Scowler and Rotters, and is the director of six feature films. He lives with his wife in Chicago.

From Pan’s Labyrinth to Hellboy to his best-selling novel The Strain, del Toro has captured the imagination through his works. His co-author Daniel Kraus is another award-winning author and filmmaker with a penchant for horror stories. Kraus’ debut novel, The Monster Variations, was selected for New York Public Library’s “100 Best Stuff for Teens.” Fangoria called Rotters, his Bram Stoker-finalist and Odyssey Award-winning second novel, “a new horror classic.” Kraus’ 2013 title, Scowler, also won an Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults.

About the illustrator:

Sean Murray is an illustrator, concept artist, author and teacher known for his work on video games such as Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online, as well as the creator of The World of Gateway, which includes his fantasy guidebook Gateway: The Book of Wizards and the upcoming card game Gateway Uprising.

 The Giveaway:

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Avoid becoming a monster’s next meal! One winner will receive:

  • Branded Trollhunters zip-up hoodie and pins;
  • Candy bones and a copy of Trollhunters.

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.

Comment below to enter!
Ends 8/10

 

Saturday Situation: Link up your bookish posts & giveaways

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Hey guys! Can you believe July is almost over?! It’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog  and me. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!

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Blog Tour: All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder

Blog Tour: All We Have is Now by Lisa SchroederAll We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder
on July 28, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
3 Stars

 

What do you do with your last day on earth?

Just over twenty-four hours are left until an asteroid strikes North America, and for Emerson and everyone else who didn’t leave, the world will end. But Emerson’s world already ended when she ran away from home. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and on her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.

The city’s quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them he has been granting people’s wishes — and gives them his wallet full of money.

Suddenly, this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in one last day — maybe even their own.

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I can always count on a good book from Lisa Schroeder and All We Have is Now was no exception. It was very different than the books I’ve read by her in the past but just as touching.

All We Have is Now is about two teens last hours before an asteroid is set to hit Earth. They set out to pay it forward for others in their last hours after someone helps them. Emerson and Vince were both fascinating characters. They had both been living on the streets for years. That’s not something you come across often in a YA book. I liked that unique element to the book.

I didn’t feel a huge connection to Vince and Emerson but I still enjoyed reading about them. I loved all the people they helped along the way. Each had their own small story and reason for being there that I found really interesting.

All We Have is Now is a fast read. I loved the ending and how everything came together. Lisa Schroeder is always a win in my book and I definitely recommend picking up some of her books if you haven’t.

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About Lisa Schroeder:

Lisa Schroeder is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including the YA novels I Heart You, You Haunt Me and The Bridge From Me to You. She loves tea and cookies, flowers, family hikes books and movies that make her laugh and cry, and sunshine. Living in Oregon, she doesn’t get nearly enough sunshine, but the hikes are amazing. You can visit her online at www.lisaschroederbooks.com on Twitter at @lisa_schroeder.

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There’s just a little over 24 hours until a meteor is scheduled to hit the US. What do you wish for?
For a meteor not to hit the US? Okay, if I really have to answer I would wish for lots or good food and to be surrounded by family…and for everyone to live. 😉

Giveaway:

Lisa will be giving away $40 Powells e-gift card (US) OR a signed copy of All We Have Is Now (INT) to the winner of the below Rafflecopter.  The giveaway ends August 5th.
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This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

 

Ten Books that Celebrate Diversity

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

Every Day by David LevithanEleanor & Park by Rainbow RowellThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen ChboskyThe Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforthFive Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

1. Every Day by David Levithan

2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

4. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

5. Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

The Diviners by Libba BrayEvery Last Word by Tamara Ireland StoneA Blue so Dark by Holly SchindlerThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae CarsonWild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

6. The Diviners by Libba Bray  (and Lair of Dreams)

7. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

8. A Blue so Dark by Holly Schindler

9. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

10. Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Saturday Situation: Link up your bookish posts & giveaways

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Hello and happy Saturday, everyone! It’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog  and me. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!

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