What Happened to Goodbye is only my second Sarah Dessen book. The first, This Lullaby, didn't really wow me....I like this one much better. The students in my library love Sarah Dessen books!! I can see why!What Happened to Goodbye is a story about family, friends, and finding yourself in the midst of a world that changes constantly. McLean's life has been turned upside down by her parent's divorce. Because of the circumstances that lead to the divorce, McLean chooses to live with her father. The one downside of that....he moves about every 6 months, trying to save restaurants that are down and out. Every time McLean and her dad, Gus, move, McLean changes who she is, until they end up in a new town with another restaurant to rescue. McLean has played the part of Lizbeth, Beth, and Eliza. She's played the cheerleader and she's played the dark quiet student. But now, while Gus tries to save Luna Blu, McLean plays the most important role of all, herself.
McLean must figure out how to balance a faltering relationship with her mother, while being the real McLean to a new set of friends that she’ll eventually have to say goodbye to. One of those friends is the nextdoor neighbor genius named Dave. McLean must decide if she’s going to let Dave into her heart, and new friends Riley, Ellis, Heather, and Deb into her life.
While not a terrible realistic work of fiction as a whole, McLean is facing many issues that teens face today, such as divorce, moving, friendship, love, and identity. Dessen has written a wonderful tale that keeps the reader intrigued and rooting for McLean to find a place that she can call home.
Recommended by: Shawn Lane, School LIbrarian and School Counselor, Texas USA