What Happened to Goodbye

What Happened to Goodbye

by Sarah Dessen
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What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Once and for All
A new day. A new place. A new life.
In the past few years, Mclean has pretended to be so many different people that she hardly remembers who she really is anymore.
The adorable guy next door might be able to help her figure it out.
But is she ready for it?
“A cut above” —People
Sarah Dessen is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contributions to YA literature, as well as the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.
Books by Sarah Dessen:
That Summer
Someone Like You
Keeping the Moon
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever 
Just Listen
Lock and Key
Along for the Ride
What Happened to Goodbye
The Moon and More
Saint Anything

Once and for All

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142423837
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 47,927
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.13(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sarah Dessen is the author of thirteen novels, which include the New York Times bestsellers The Moon and MoreWhat Happened to GoodbyeAlong for the RideLock and KeyJust ListenThe Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby. Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You, were made into the movie How to Deal
Dessen’s books are frequently chosen for the Teens’ Top Ten list and the list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. They have been translated into twenty-five languages. Sarah Dessen is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the Young Adult division of the American Library Association.
Sarah Dessen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors in creative writing. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine.
Visit Sarah at sarahdessen.com.


Chapel Hill, NC

Date of Birth:

June 6, 1970

Place of Birth:

Evanston, Illinois


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, degree in English.

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What Happened to Goodbye 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 822 reviews.
CeWishy33 More than 1 year ago
The book that I am reviewing is called 'What Happened To Goodbye'. This story takes place in present time, in a little town. Mclean is the main character, but she personaly doesn't understand her own character. She moves around a lot, ever since her parents' divorce. About every six months, she moves both her house and her personality. This most recent location, though, she is herself. Why? A guy named Dave. Dave helps Mclean see who she realy is, and teaches her what a real friend is. I would highly recommend this book to a friend. Any of Sarah Dessen's books are great. She is an amazing author, especially with this story. It has a great message that is sent out, and it is fun to read also.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
DeliaBensons More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! Sarah Dessen presents new characters with amazing personalities. Super awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best Sarah Dessen book in my opinion. I loved the chemistry between Mclean and Dave. This book is a must read for sappy, mushy, happy-ending loving, hopeless romantics (like me) (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mclean is constantly moving with her father, and constantly starting over as someone new— she's been been Eliza, Lizbet, Beth. But on her fifth move, she's just Mclean. And she begins to begins to rediscover who SHE really is, as Mclean, as herself. Mclean doesn't have a very good relationship with her mom, Katherine Hamilton. When Mclean was younger, Katie Sweet, her mom then, cheated on Mclean's father, Gus Sweet, with Peter Hamilton, a man that Gus had a lot of respect for. She had an affair with him, then divorced Gus, getting married to Peter. Mclean doesn't want to live with her mother anymore, because she's hurt by what she did to her father. It's hard for Mclean to move so much, so she wants to start a new life in every new town. But on her latest move with her dad, Mclean is just...Mclean. And her rediscovers herself, putting down roots, and making friends. She's playing the most popular girl in school, or the president of the student council. She's finally just being herself. This book was a little slow at first, but once you get farther into it, it's amazing. I couldn't put it down after I got just far enough. So don't read the first 100 pages and go, "Oh, this is so boring, whatever," because soon it'll get really good. It was fantastic. Five stars. I highly reccomend it.
Elzabeth More than 1 year ago
Sarah Dessen is an amazing author, and once again she's written a great book for anyone's collection. A must read!
Beans-99 More than 1 year ago
So, this is a first try at a Dessen book. I usually go to my local Barnes and Noble, and look in the New Teen Fiction Section. This was in there, and I read the small introduction in the back of the book. I was immediatley interested. One of the reviews on this book complained it was a 'snooze fest' I disagree completley. It made me want to read more, and I finished this book in about four days. I am not a very fast reader so to say. I really loved this book. It gave me a lot of umph to read more of her books. Oh, and the characters, are not 'underdeveloped', I understood their persomality, and home lifes, quite well actually. Maybe that is just me, but I doubt it, considering Im only 11, and the person who said this had to be much older than me. Must read! The negitive comments are wrong, this book is absolutley amazing! One night, I turned in at 11PM and I couldnt sleep. So I picked up my Nook, and read until 4 in the morning on this book.
isa_bly More than 1 year ago
I don't usually write reviews but I felt compelled to write one for this book. First I must say that I love all of Sarah Dessen books. This one was very disappointing. The character Mclean was boring and I felt like she had no personality. The book dragged on too long. The ending felt rushed and was predictable. There wasn't much interaction between Mclean and her love interest. This is the worst book Sarah Dessen has written so far.
LovetoreadCK More than 1 year ago
This book is a very slow read. If you are looking for any kind of romance, this is not the book for you. This book would appeal to maybe 12-13 year olds. It is about a teenage girl dealing very poorly with her parents divorce. There is a lot of internal dialogue with the main character, which for me, was very boring. The ending was also very uneventful and predictable. This is very different from Dessen's other work.
Bridget_Jones More than 1 year ago
I must say that when I picked up this book, I expected to be giving it 5 stars. The cover looks amazing and Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors but for me, this book just wasn't the same as her others. I really liked the originality of the story and the unique characters, but it sort of dragged on. This book is 400 pages, and Mclean (the main character) doesn't actually ended up being with the guy until the last 5 pages. And any time she spent with said guy, there were no sparks or chemistry, just little hints that they may or may not like each other. So as a romance, it kinda sucked. The major themes here were about family and knowing who you are as a person, so I was kind of let down since I was hoping for the same romances I've read of Sarah Dessen's before. And for being 400 pages long, not that many things really happened. Moments were sometimes dragged on and there was a lot of talk about emotion and feelings, but not as much action. I don't know, maybe it's been a while since I've last read some of Sarah Dessen's books and they were all actually like this, but I was sometimes bored and didn't find myself wanting to figure out what happens next like so many good books I've been reading lately. So overall, the plot and characters were really good, cute ideas, but the actual book fell short for Dessen's usual standards.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book about a teenager named Mclean who moves around a lot with her dad. Every move they make Mclean says to be somebody that shes not. On their resent move, Mclean accidentally tells the first person she meets, Dave, that her name is Mclean. But who is Mclean? Shes not sure. Meclean deals with the problem of her mom, who left Mcleans dad, Gus, for a rich basketball coach, constantly wanting her to visit (which Mclean is not ready to face her mom) and trying to figure out who she really is. Through the book, Mclean and Dave fall in love. But they are not the only ones. Mclean's dads, Gus, job is to move around and make small diners into exceptional resturants. When he makes his resent move to a small town with Mclean on his side he meets Opal. A strong headed, stubborn woman who is not very happy with the changes that Gus is making to her diner. Putting there differences aside, they go out on a date. After making the diner in to a great restaurant, Gus must move on to his next diner. Gus and Opal stay together and visit each other as much as she can. Mclean moved in with Opal to continue out her senior year in that town and be with Dave. ~Abi Preston Mrs. Kerr AP English Class
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book starts out a little hard to understand but by the time you get to the end of the first chapter you are hooked. It is well written and relates to today's High School student. It shows how the social scene of a school works and what happens when a newcomer comes into the picture. The interaction between McLean and her parents show the relationship and beliefs that students of divorce interact and feel about the parents. It also shows the relationships that McLean builds even though she wanted to stay an outsider. I am a retired teacher who thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It got me hooked and I had to continue reading till what happens at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed What Happened to Goodbye because it's not like any other book by Sarah Dessen. I found that all of her other books feature a main character that is dull, lifeless, innocent-gone-guilty, and boring. It seems like each book by her is written with the same characters, only different names. I liked What Happened to Goodbye. It was different, and I'm sure you'll find it that way too. The first book I ever read by Dessen was The Truth About Forever, which I loved. Truthfully, every book written by this author can be considered good, if you don't continue reading her books. After The Truth About Forever, things got pretty repetitive. I won't go deeply into the plot, but Mclean was pretty clever about reinventing herself each time she moved. I mean, who hasn't fantasized about that? Great writing and unique characters. Well done. Ages 13-16 would be my guess.
Katerpillar More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Sarah Dessen, so when I read this book I was waiting for it to get better. It never did. It wasn't that the storyline was bad, per se, but it definitely wasn't enough for the length of the book. Too many pages filled with needless details and events that distracted the reader from what was actually going on (i.e. nothing). Another thing that bothered me a little was the ending. Yeah, it was okay but I could see a different and better ending to be better-fitting. All in all, I'd try for a different Sarah Dessen novel to occupy your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this newest Sarah Dessen book! Just as I loved every other book of hers I've ever read :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some people say this book is horrible because its predictable and a bit cheesy, but personally, i like it because its perfect for one of those days where you just need to read a good pick-me-up. Its easy, simple, and great in the stupid way...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my 5th Sarah Dessen book and as usual I loved it! She always manages to write characters that teens and even 20 year olds can relate to. Reading her stuff always for some weird reason inspire me to change myself for the better. Buy this book it will not disappoint!
aj95 More than 1 year ago
Sarah Dessen your books are amazing but this one was boring. All of your previous books hooked me,and this one i struggled to the 3rd chapter. I'm soooo disappointed. :(
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every one of Sarah Dessen's books, and at some point, you realize a formula behind it all. HOWEVER, I continue to read because she always throws something in to surprise me. Dessen's writing never fails to bring me to tears at some point. Her characters are like real teenage girls in surreal situations and their responses are so natural. I rarely dislike her protagonists. Another bit I love-- re-appearing characters and places throughout her works. It's great to read "What Happened to Goodbye" and catch a line about two teens sharing earbuds-- Owen and Annabel, from Just Listen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont know how you people think shes boring! Shes the best freakin author out there! I love all of her books! They all have good storys to them and are amusing ! I cant stop reading!
axlrose More than 1 year ago
okay! so lets just say i have read better. this book went on and on with no romance between the two main characters.i turned page after page just holding on to hope, and by the time i get to the kiss WHO CARES!!!!!!!!! i don't know if it is the author or just me. some help because i am in deep pain do to this book!!!!
SaraLynne More than 1 year ago
As a Sarah Dessen fan, I figured her most recent novel would stand up to those written previously, I was sadly mistaken, however. It's not that "What Happened to Goodbye" is bad, it's just not great either. I found myself bored about half way through and completely shocked at how predictably the events unfolded. I knew how it was going to end at half way. I wouldn't recommend to anyone who is looking for something other than a cheesy love/coming of age/identity crisis story of a young girl in modern day America; it's not worth the $11.
Donna Curran More than 1 year ago
Sarah Dessen's new book kept me reading throughout the whole book. It's a great story about figuring out who you are, and staying true to yourself.
KinaCN More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Sarah Dessen fan but this book left me feeling like, I don't know, just not very pleased. I usually find her books very relatable but this book just wasn't even though the book itself was pretty ok. Just not up to par with most Sarah Dessen books.