Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Book Review: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

I read yet another Sarah Dessen novel. I told you she was good. :)

Mclean was named after the greatest Defriese University basketball coach ever. Her dad lived and breathed DB - Defriese Basketball. She grew up playing the sport and attending Defriese games. So when Mclean's mom leaves her and her dad for the new Defriese basketball coach, it basically throws Mclean's life into a tail spin. Her dad gets a new job that means travelling a lot, and after many custody meetings, Mclean and her dad are finally on their own, moving from place to place. As Mclean goes to new school after new school, she looks at each one as a new start; a new place, new school, new people, where no one knows her back story. So she makes up new names and new personalities each time, not making any permanent relationships since she just packs up and moves a few months later. At least, that's how it was until Lakeview. For the first time in three years, Mclean is going by her real name, making real relationships, and actually growing roots.

Once again, Dessen did not disappoint. This book was fantastic. It was full of characters, a plot line, and situations that are easy to relate to. Dessen does such a good job of writing interesting novels with fantastic depth and meaning. I think everyone should read What Happened to Goodbye, including adults even if it is labeled as YA fiction. Her writing is phenomenal, and I highly recommend this novel!

"We make such messes in this life, both accidentally and on purpose. But wiping the surface clean doesn't really make anything neater. It just masks what is below. It's only when you really dig down deep, go underground, that you can see who you really are" (360-361).

"Home wasn't a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go" (364-365).

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