Monday, July 25, 2011

Review: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Book: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Genre: YA Romance
Rating: A-
For: Fun
From: the library

My daughter brought this one home from the the library the other day, so I "snuck" it into my reading line up. It was a guilty read because I have so many things I NEED to read for this that and the other. But it was a fun one and I should do it more often!

This was a typical Sarah Dessen book about a girl who is struggling because her parents divorced (an ugly public thing) and she chose to be with her dad which means moving around a lot. At every new place, she picks out a different name and personality for herself. That is, until she got to this latest new place and suddenly she finds she is being herself, or at least trying to.

I found this one to be a good mix between the romance (because of course you know she meets a cool guy) and the problems she is dealing with, especially where her mom is concerned. It wasn't overly depressing regarding the problem (which sometimes they are for me) or overly dwelling on the romance (and this one actually seemed to be very low key.) Mostly it's about this girl trying to find herself since she seems to have forgotten who she was.

One of the things I found myself thinking most about while reading this book was could I change who I was if I could start over fresh every now and then? I think I couldn't no matter how hard I wanted to. I would still end up the same person. I would maybe start out different, but would shake down right into the same old rut.  I found that whole idea pretty interesting because I really do get sick of myself some days and wish I could be different. Know what I mean? Anyone else feel this way?

Bottom line: I enjoyed this book a lot.

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  1. Yeah, I think I'm done with Sarah Dessen but just reading the synopsis of this one had me thinking the same thing. Could I change who I am and pretend to be someone else? I seriously doubt it...there's just some things you can't change.

  2. It would be fun to try! I sometimes wish I could be that outgoing fun person - but I think it ain't gonna happen :) I still haven't read a Sarah Dessen book (if you can believe it)!

  3. Reading is supposed to be fun, so it is good to indulge once in a while. :)

  4. This sounds like a good one. I've only read one Sarah Dessen before so maybe I'll pick this one up next. :) It's definitely interesting to think about reinventing yourself. I don't think I could do it, either.

  5. We moved around a lot when I was a kid and I would kind of do that, decide beforehand what kind of person I wanted to be when I met new people. Through a lot of trial and error I managed to try enough things to finally find out who the real me was!



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