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“What Happened to Goodbye is a book about Mclean and ever since her mom and her basketball coach got married things at school have been so weird she decides to move with her dad. Her dad owns a restraunt and this means always moving. Usually when she moves she uses a false name because she just...”see full review » see other reviews »
“It was really good! I enjoyed a good read but upset with all the build up to the end and being disappointed. ”Catherine Leimberg wrote this review 2 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mclane moves to different towns all over because her dad re dos restraunts and she moves into a house with a guy who she ends up liking. She gets involed on a lot of big things. She doesn't want to talk to her mom and ignores her and when she finally goes she feels no welcomed.”Lydia wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Maclain moves every 6 months or so, and remakes her identity at each new stop. This time, however, she finds herself being "just Maclain" as she makes new friends and gets involved in a community project. I enjoyed the realistic characters in this novel, and the plot, although a bit predictable, was compelling. I'm a sucker for a happy ending!”Ms. P ACS6 wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mclean has spent 2 years creating these images of herself changing her name how she dressed when in reality I don't think she ever fully got over what the divorce meant to her, her parents aren't even obvious to what is going on. Her mother has a new husband and a set of twins and tries desperately to connect with her daughter. Meanwhile her father Gus is fixing restaurants and moving a few weeks dragging his daughter with him.
Mclean for the first time uses her own name, connects with people makes friends and even a boy interest and doesn't want to uproot this. But when life falls apart she runs back to an old hotel room she shared with her mother. It's there that her parents find her and find out what has been going on.
I loved reading about all the various alias's of Mclean and how she has alot thrown at her and how she deals with it! What an incredibly moving story! I enjoyed all the characters plus the return to Colby which was in the last book I read Along for the Ride. Nice to return to somewhere previously mentioned.”
“Ever since Mclean's mom left her dad for the coach of Dad's favorite college basketball team, 17-year-old Mclean has been on the move. She's followed her dad, a restaurant consultant, from city to city. In each new place, she invents a unique identity for herself. As long as she can pretend to be someone else, Mclean is convinced she'll never get too attached, and it won't hurt to say goodbye.
Her theory works until she and Dad move to Lakeview, where Dad tries to save a dying restaurant called Luna Blu. Mainly by accident, Mclean allows new acquaintances to know her by her real name and personality. She meets her neighbor Dave when he saves her from getting caught with alcohol during a police raid at a party. Dave is a genius with protective, health-nut parents, who disapprove of his decision to go to a public high school.
Mclean becomes friends with Dave's buddies — Ellis, Riley and Heather. She also befriends a sweet but quirky girl named Deb. When Opal, the Luna Blu manager, agrees to construct a model of the city in exchange for added parking spaces for the restaurant, Mclean and her friends take over the project, which becomes a bonding experience and a metaphor for fitting the pieces of their own lives together.
Meanwhile, Mclean's mother calls her constantly. She tries to make Mclean feel guilty for not visiting or communicating enough. She threatens to involve her lawyer unless Mclean will see her more. Mclean is angry that her mother refuses to take any responsibility or apologize for breaking up the family.
Mclean and Dave grow close and talk about dating. When Luna Blu seems destined to close, and Dad to be relocated again, Mclean is, for once, not ready to leave the life she's built. It appears her only option is to return home to live with her mother and stepfather so she can finish high school. Her anxiety increases when her friends discover Internet profiles of all her previous identities and wonder who she really is. Mclean flees to the run-down beach hotel where she spent previous summers with her mom. When her parents find her, with Dave's help, they admit they hadn't realized the divorce had impacted her so greatly. They promise to try to make life easier for her. Mclean's mom allows her to live with Opal until she finishes high school. Mclean then works at Opal's new restaurant as she prepares for college in the fall.”
“This book would be good for 12 to 17 year olds. This book helps describe how it is like to move around a lot throughout high school and how parent teen relationships work out. ”Valerie Marlow wrote this review Wednesday, April 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is fantastic. It talks about a girl who changes her names a lot, but she meets Dave who changes her life forever and will be be able to say goodbye to her old life..?”<3 Annalise wrote this review Friday, March 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great book about change, moving and finding your identity.”Francesca P wrote this review Friday, March 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Eliza…wait no, Lizbet! Nuh uh…Beth! Oh wait, Mclean…? It’s hard to keep up when every time you move, you take on a new town, a new school and a whole new persona…
Mclean Sweet is moving, once again, with her father, to a town called Lakeview. Leaving her old life behind her, and starting fresh at a new school, in a new town as a different person? Actually, this time, Mclean is trying something new. This time, she will be playing the one and only, Mclean Sweet. The only problem is, she’s unsure of who that is. Ever since her parents’ divorce, and the personas she’s played after moving from city to city, she’s forgotten what’s it like to actually be herself. With her ‘exceptional’ neighbor, who overtime develops a liking for her, new friends she meets along the way and the two people who have been in her life since the very beginning, everyone is desperate for Mclean to realize that in a world where you can be anything, you should just be yourself.
Young adult females will definitely be able to connect with the characters and the situations that Mclean has to go through. With being someone you aren’t, dealing with divorces, having to move and change all the time, making new friends and feeling as if you’re in love. More like which young females haven’t gone through things like that? Not only will the readers be able to connect with Mclean, but they’ll also learn a lot from her. Sarah Dessen did a very good job on showing how young girls can cope with such realistic situations, and not just how to cope, but the best ways to cope, and readers will love and admire that about the book. The text was kind of complex and tricky to figure out at times, which is why this book is recommended to young adult readers, or in other words, females with a more mature mentality. It’ll be harder for readers, younger than about 13 to comprehend some of the text. There were also parts that kind of dragged on for a long period of time, building up to that one moment. Younger, more inexperienced readers would not have the patience for parts like that. Things need to be short and sweet for them.
Overall, #1 New York Times BESTSELLING AUTHOR Sarah Dessen wrote a very gripping, heart-warming story that’ll keep readers overwhelmed with all types of emotions until the very last page. “What Happened To Goodbye” is a novel fans will not forget.