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What Happened to Goodbye
by Sarah Dessen

Published: 2013-04-09
Paperback : 432 pages
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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 ...
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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 her neighbor Dave, an academic superstar trying to be just a regular guy, can help her find out. Combining Sarah Dessen's trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling, What Happened to Goodbye is irresistible reading.

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, May 2011: After a scandal involving her mother and a famous college basketball coach rocked her family and her old hometown, McClean decided to live with her dad. His job as a restaurant consultant requires they pick up often, and at each new place she carefully selects who sheâ??ll beâ??Eliza, Beth, or someone else with a new name and different interests. Itâ??s easier this way for McClean, who is reluctant to form any true attachments. Then at their latest stop, McClean does something sheâ??s not done in a long whileâ??reveal her real name. But who is this McClean and is she ready to forgive her mother, fall for the boy next door, and finally stick around? Fans of author Sarah Dessen will recognize her compelling dialog and characters so intricately-drawn itâ??s as if theyâ??re the readerâ??s friends, too. Yet the real meat of What Happened to Goodbye is in Dessenâ??s mastery of the emotional ups-and-downs of McCleanâ??s supportive relationship with her father and struggles with her mother. Keenly-observed and terrifically-written, Dessenâ??s latest is a delightful read about self-discovery and maturity that by the end is hard to say goodbye to.

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  "A good book for a teen group"by riegerd (see profile) 10/21/13

Mcclean is named after the college basketball coach her dad played for and loved. Since her mom left her dad for the new coach of her dad's favorite team, she has been inventing a new identity with each... (read more)

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