I love reading books, especially Young Adult books of all kinds. I have a book reviewing blog (The Reading Shelf) that I try to update whenever I'm not reading or procrastinating on the internet.
I’m nearly done reading all the Sarah Dessen books, and What Happened to Goodbye is my latest from her. It’s also her second-to-latest book as of now, which means it has the normal romantic formula, family drama, and awesome secondary characters, which is why this was yet another nice book from her.
When I initially saw Mclean’s name, I was kind of frustrated because it was yet another YA name that you’ll probably never see in person, but the book has its reasons. Mclean’s name has meaning and it comes up throughout the books and its various basketball-related themes and events. And Mclean often reinvented herself with variations of her middle name, Elizabeth, which is a much more common name.
I don’t know if I always connected with Mclean. She was a good enough protagonist, but not my favorite or anything. Same with the love interest. As always, it seems that the secondary characters are what made this book for me. The secondary characters in Dessen’s later books are almost always interesting and entertaining and deserve their own stories.
The main reason I didn’t rate this one higher is because Mclean’s attitude toward her mother just frustrated me. I understood where it was coming from – her mother cheated on her father, they got divorced, she remarried that guy, etc. – but Mclean refused to even believe that her mother deserved to be in her life. She got irritated with her over the simplest things and she often froze her out of her life. Then she kind of made a big deal out of something her mother said that I didn’t interpret the way she did, and that she really jumped to conclusions over.
Anyway, another enjoyable read from Sarah Dessen. Not one of my favorites from her, but a good way to spend a couple of days reading.