What Happened to Goodbye

By Dessen, Sarah

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ISBN
978-0-67001-294-7
Publisher
Viking


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2011

Gr 7 Up—Mclean Sweet, 17, has moved four times in the last three years. Surviving the scandalous breakup of her parents' marriage, she chooses to live with her father, a restaurant fixer who is assigned to a new project every few months. Although her mother, remarried and with three-year-old twins, tries regularly to reconnect with her, McLean is angry and resentful and will hardly have a conversation with her. In each town, she takes on a different name (some version of Elizabeth) and persona, and keeps personal relationships at arm's lengt...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on July 1, 2011

After her parents' messy and public divorce (mom left dad for the hot new basketball coach at the local U), Mclean chooses to hit the road with her dad rather than stay and face the embarrassing gossip. She develops strategies for protecting herself: avoiding her mother as much as possible, no long-term commitments, and no good-byes. Luckily for Mclean, her dad's restaurant consulting job sends them to a new place every few months, giving her the chance to reinvent herself every time. Adapting ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2011

Mclean's dad's job sends the two of them to a new place every few months, allowing Mclean to continually reinvent herself. ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on July 1, 2011

Sarah Dessen brings her photorealistic sense of teens’ social dynamics to a story about loss and identity. An interesting irony lies at the heart of Mclean’s dilemma: she’s become good at “changing into” other people because she doesn’t know how to adapt to change. Des...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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