Review: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

4 out of 5 stars

Sarah Dessen‘s books never get old. There’s good reason she’s one of the queens of YA contemporaries because she sure does know how to write about young adult lives with genuineness. I have read almost all of her books and even though there are a few I honestly didn’t like, I always give the author a chance to redeem herself and she’s often successful the next time I pick another of her books.

What Happened to Goodbye is a good read for me, right up there with This Lullaby and Lock and Key although not quite as good as Just Listen but it’s definitely in my top five Dessen reads. I really liked McLean‘s character and her unique adolescent experience. Her current self-exploration is very realistic and I really liked the friends she made despite her reluctance in making real connections. The all-around Deb is probably my favorite though. I love the little surprises she reveals about herself day by day. But McLean herself is also one memorable and sympathetic heroine. I like how responsible and mature she is when it comes to taking care of her dad but at the same time, I like that she can also be childish and selfish when dealing with her mom whom she blames for the wreckage of their family.

This is definitely one of the author’s better works, an enjoyable, entertaining, and meaningful YA contemporary about loss, forgiveness, moving on, letting go, establishing new relationships, acceptance and being brave enough to take the many risks of falling for someone. 

Published by AJ

Hi! I'm Aj from the Philippines. Obviously I love to read and write and from years of experience I have learned that when you love something so much, you would do it absolutely for free so here I am writing stuff for all people to see in the hopes that at least one or maybe two souls could benefit or get little inspiration from what they will read from this blog. Enjoy and spread the love! ;)

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