Title: What Happened To Goodbye
Author: Sarah Dessen
Published: May 10th 2011 by Penguin Young Readers Group
Summary: "In the past two years, Mclean Sweet has moved four times. At each stop, she assumes a new persona, but it never quite works. Whether she's an effervescent cheerleader or an intense drama queen, nothing can permanently dispel the turmoil and rage at her mother since her parents' divorce. Sarah Dessen's novel about a teenager and her restaurant manager father captures the vulnerability that young people often experience after the dissolution of their family. A compelling story; strong characterization; and with a touch of romance."
Review:There is absolutely nothing out there like a good Sarah Dessen novel. While Along For The Ride and This Lullaby are still my favorite SD books, I still really enjoyed this story. The characters were great, the story well written (plus charming), and the love interest was too cute for words.
The only thing I wish was that there was more romance. The chemistry between Mclean and Dave is there, but the romance seemed, I guess a bit lacking compared to other SD books. This book is mainly about families and all the different relationships (new and old) that play a role in everyone's life, friendships and roots.
Oh, and if you follow Sarah Dessen on Twitter, you know what a die hard college basketball fan she is. BUT, for those who don't do the Twitter thing, you'll see for yourself that this woman really does love (and I mean LOVE) college basketball. Her passion for it truly shines in this book, but don't worry, it doesn't take away from the story. If anything, it adds more to it, so that's always a nice touch.
For all Sarah Dessen fans and fans of YA contemporary literature, I'm sure you'll be pleased with What Happened To Goodbye. There are loads of cute moments, funny conversations, witty banter, and it's topped off with unforgettable characters you'll easily fall in love with.
Rating: 4/5 Stars