Monday, May 9, 2011
Review of What Happened To Goodbye
Author: Sarah Dessen
Published by: Penguin Young Readers Group
Available: May 10th, 2011
From Goodreads: Another town. Another school. Another Mclean. Ever since her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her father have been fleeing their unhappy past. And Mclean's become a pro at reinventing herself with each move. But in Lakeview, Mclean finds herself putting down roots and making friends—in part, thanks to Dave, the most real person Mclean's ever met. Dave just may be falling in love with her, but can he see the person she really is? Does Mclean herself know?
Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite young adult authors. Her novels always deal with tough issues that teenagers are dealing with. She is a wonderful writer who creates characters that speak to you.
In this novel Mclean is still troubled about her parents divorce. She blames her mom and can't seem to move past that and into a relationship with her. Mclean is falling apart by creating different versions of herself with each move she makes, but what happens when she doesn't really know who she is anymore?
I really liked Mclean's character. She was broken and raw and trying to discover who she really was. One of the many things that Sarah Dessen does really well is her characters. All of the characters in this novel are real. They are fun, spunky, and genuine. This novel is worth reading just to meet these characters.
Another things you'll fall in love with in this novel is the relationship between Mclean and Dave. They are sweet, innocent and fun. Dave is a genious, prodigy child and just trying to fit in. He brings out the real Mclean and soon you'll be falling for him too.
I'm not a huge basketball fan, so some of the novel got lost on me. It is not much and everything that was occurring around the basketball was really interesting, but that's just me. If it was any sport besides basketball I'd have been glued to every word.
If you are looking for a great read, this novel will not disappoint.