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What Happened to Goodbye? by Sarah Dessen
April 9, 2012, 5:35 pm
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Sarah Gruenewald

Mclean had a wonderful life, until her parents’ ugly divorce scandal, involving the young, new coach from the college basketball team that the family worships. Ever since, she’s given up her favorite pastime, moving from town to town with her restaurant-consultant father, trying  to avoid her mother with a new storybook life that tries to act like she did nothing wrong. At each new school, Mclean re-invents herself, trying to hide her past. She’s been popular, cheerleading Eliza, drama/dancing queen, Lizbet and  student council president and all-around good girl, Beth. She invents a new, disposable persona where she can fit in, but quickly cut ties and run when she and her father need to pack up their EZ-pack lifestyle and leave. However, this cycle is disrupted when she and her dad move to Lakeview to get the Luna Blu in tip-top shape. She meets Dave, the most real person she’s ever met, and he’s falling for the real Mclean, not her feeble attempt at another facade. Her new friends, although flawed, still look forward their futures and love each other. Mclean has to learn that she can’t keep running away from her mother, and their past. She learns that forgiveness, and being who you are outweigh any other option.

Reaction: I really liked this book. Sarah Dessen is easily one of my favorite authors because she writes with such realty and lovableness. When I had finished this book, I was very, very upset, because the characters had become my friends, and I wanted to spend more time with them. I recommend it without hesitation.Image

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