Author: Sarah Dessen
Published: May 2011, Penguin
How I Got It: Library
Rating: 4 stars
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
It only took a year and a half but I finally read the most recent Sarah Dessen book! Seriously though, why do I procrastinate with things so much?
But this was another Dessen book that sucked me in right away. I was intrigued with Mclean's different "identities" in each new town she was in. She got to start over four different times in a two year period. Sometimes I would love to have a fresh start all over again. While college was a new beginning, I was still painfully shy. But Mclean puts herself out there, usually always getting involved in school activities. She makes new friends but always keep them at a distance, never getting too close so there are never any goodbyes.
I usually LOVE the "love-interest boys" in Dessen's books. But Dave was just kind of meh. He was boring and didn't stand out to me in any way. There was no swoon factor!
One of the secondary characters, Deb, is probably one of my favorite minor characters ever. She is one of those characters who remind you that you "shouldn't judge a book by it's cover". When she is first introduced in the book she is over-the-top peppy and outgoing. She seems like the type of girl who is friends with everybody. Sadly, Mclean sees her eating lunch all alone everyday because the kids at school think she's too pushy. But once we get to know Deb there is a lot more beneath the surface.
I am SO mad at myself that I didn't realize it until after I returned the book to the library but Jason from The Truth About Forever makes an appearance. Actually, if I remember correctly he is mentioned a few different times.
As a whole I did enjoy What Happened to Goodbye. Was it my favorite Sarah Dessen book? No. But I don't think any of her books will live up to The Truth About Forever or This Lullaby for me.