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.
One more book to go in my #SarahDessenMarathon! Meanwhile, I enjoy Sarah Dessen books, but What Happened to Goodbye? just seemed to be missing something like Along for the Ride. It was a slow momentum in the beginning, and I couldn’t really get into it at first, which is weird because I love Dessen as an author, and I’ve read this book before when it first came out four years ago.
I did like the whole idea behind moving and McLean creating a new image for herself as she was trying to figure out who she was as a person. I quite enjoyed the quirky characters that added to the story like Opal, Riley, and Deb, they added tremendously to the story.
The main struggle in the story was McLean dealing with her mother’s affair and her parents’ divorce, in addition to finding who she was as a person. It is hard on anyone when parents go through a divorce. As someone who personally experienced parents getting divorce, I can say it seems like it is a lot harder when the child(ren) are older can understand what’s going on. For example, McLean understanding that her mother had an affair that caused the divorce, she ended up constantly holding it against her mother, while if McLean had been younger like eight or nine years old when the affair and divorce happened, she probably would have just been upset that she had to bounce from house to house and had a new stepfather, and she wasn’t with her family.
This book was basically a fluff book. Nothing super exciting but a decent read to clear your mind. Not a whole lot of epiphany life changing-quotes, which was kind of disappointing, but still a decent book.
On the bright side there were some more cameos from past Dessen novels including Heidi from Along for the Ride and Jason originally from The Truth About Forever has made a full-on character appearance in this novel. No spoilers, but you definitely wouldn’t believe it was him.
Next up is the final book in the #SarahDessenMarathon…The Moon and More! I’m finished with the book, I just need to make sure I finish my two papers that are due August 1st & 2nd, before I post any more today. My July monthly wrap up is live on the blog as well, so go check it out. Happy reading lovelies!