4.7/5-Mclean has gotten the opportunity that a lot of people would love to get a fresh start somewhere new. This story is the reason why Sarah Dessen is my favourite author.
(Summary Taken 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.
To me, the message of this story is that, even though you run from your past, you really can’t hide from it. The plot for this book was amazing, after reading some reviews on how Sarah Dessen lacks in this book compared to, The Truth About Forever I was curious to know why. I can now say that this book was amazing, screw what anyone else says! The characters in What Happened To Goodbye are very lovable and just the other characters’ Sarah Dessen is known for writing about.
Sarah Dessen was trying to get the fast-paced writing-style she usually has in her novels into this one. I think she did a great job with it considering the pace for one of her other books. But I still felt like she could improve more with some of the secondary characters.
The fact that Sarah Dessen chose two places for all of her books to be set in is great. What makes this book even better is when she includes characters from her older books into this one. I loved that and how she put them in the most normal places too. Like in all of Sarah Dessen’s books, the message was amazing and heartfelt with a dash of love and romance in there. If she keeps this great job up, her next book is going to be a smashing hit. I would recommend this book at anyone who is a fan of Sarah Dessen’s books and/or love romance novels with an even deeper meaning than romance is everything you need, go get this book.