#ReadADessen: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen + Giveaway!

May 19, 2017 // Posted by Lisa in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews // 4 Comments

#ReadADessen: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen + Giveaway!What Happened to Goodbye
by Sarah Dessen
Release Date: April 9th 2013
Publisher: Speak
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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Who is the real McLean?

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 Dave, the guy next door, 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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I can never get enough Sarah Dessen. Her 13th book, Once and For All, is releasing in a few weeks, so to celebrate we are all reading (or re-reading, as the case may be) Sarah Dessen books!! I’ve read and adored quite a few of her books, but there are still a few that were on my TBR. So when I received notice of this campaign, I immediately jumped aboard! First I read This Lullaby (check out my review!) and really enjoyed it. Next up was this adorable read, What Happened to Goodbye, which I really enjoyed as well!

McLean is on the go… again. Since her parent’s separation, McLean has chosen to stay with her father and tag along as he relocates time and time again for work. McLean has never really felt as though she had a “home” since she traveled so much. She even used fake names and fake personalities when visiting different locations, always scared to show her true colors and actually meet people that she would be sure to have to leave in the near future. I can only imagine how tough this type of life must be… and seeing McLean handle it the way she did really hit me hard. However, as McLean lands in the new small town, she finds herself sharing her real name and actually acting like herself for once. But will this end up hurting her in the long run?

I fully appreciated the way McLean and these friendships with the locals were developed. This group of friends was a lot of fun, and I loved getting to see their bonds blossom throughout McLean’s time with them. I was also a big fan of the relationship between McLean and her father, as well as the struggling relationship between McLean and her somewhat estranged mother. The way this issue was addressed was very well done. It’s easy to “know” that something happened… but the understanding and the accepting of the situation is a lot harder to do. Watching McLean learn how to handle this situation and less-than-ideal relationship with her mother (and her “new” family) was something I really appreciated in this story.

“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.”

I’m so happy I chose this one to read for the campaign. And, of course, I’m always happy when I get the chance to be submerged into Sarah Dessen’s adorable and fun writing.

“When you can’t save yourself or your heart, it helps to be able to save face.”

If you haven’t read Sarah Dessen yet, now’s the PERFECT time!! All of Dessen’s novels are perfect beach reads. Lighthearted, coming-of-age stories, that are equal parts adorable and swoony. Though this wasn’t my very favorite Dessen, it was definitely a great story that I recommend to YA contemporary readers looking for a cute story to be submerged into.

A HUGE thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me a finished copy of What Happened to Goodbye as part of this #ReadADessen Campaign!



About Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature for her novels: Keeping the Moon, Dreamland, This Lullaby, The Truth about Forever, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, and What Happened to Goodbye. Her newest novel, Once and for All, will be released in June 2017. An NC native, she currently lives in Chapel Hill with her family.


Enter for a chance to win one (1) set of Sarah Dessen’s books in paperback (ARV: $132.00).

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on April 17, 2017 and 12:00 AM on May 29, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 1, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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  • So glad you enjoyed this one! Lovely review! 🙂

  • This wasn’t my fave Dessen book by any means, but I did really like Dave. And the model they were building reminded me of Mr. Rogers and Beetlejuice. LOL. But yeah, I think it was that I didn’t click that well with McLean– or that she was so stubborn towards her friends. I am SO pumped for Once and For All though!! Great review!!

  • Isabelle Nicholson

    I haven’t read any Sarah Dessen books yet but this definitely seems like a good time to start! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  • nancy hernandez

    I haven’t read any Dessen books but I’ve heard great things. Looking forward to reading one.