Mclean is completely and utterly lost in terms of knowing who she is and what she wants out of her life. Each time she moves to a new town with her restaurant-flipper dad, she reinvents herself and changes her name. She’s been the quiet one, the overachiever, the popular girl, etc., always trying to escape her real life that includes a mom that had an affair, an eventual divorce between her parents, and a dad who can’t even watch their favorite team play basketball anymore…something they’ve always bonded over.
This latest move begins the same as all the others: new restaurant, new house, new name, but Mclean can’t quite figure out who she wants to be in this town. She actually begins making real friends, including Dave, a guy who makes her think about herself in a way she’s never quite managed before. As time passes, Mclean starts to be herself, forgive some people, and discover a lot about her family she never thought she could deal with.
Sarah Dessen is the queen of realistic, contemporary fiction for teens. Her characters are well-written and come across as honest and believable. If you’re looking for a great read to start off your summer, think about picking up What Happened to Goodbye or any others by Sarah Dessen.
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen, $19.99, Viking Press, 9780670012947, Young Adult