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3.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 5 3.79 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Dessen Narrator: Meredith Hagner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781101526248
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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 her neighbor Dave, an academic superstar trying to be just a regular guy, can help her find out. Combining Sarah Dessen's trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling, What Happened to Goodbye is irresistible reading. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dessen once again offers a substantive, well-crafted exploration of a teen’s life that will deeply satisfy her legions of fans.”

    Booklist

  • “[Mclean]’s an entirely likable narrator, guiding readers through her story expertly…Readers will enjoy every minute they spend with her.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Dessen delivers another cast of authentic, likable characters, struggling to make sense of the world.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Nominated as the ALA Best Book for Young Adults of 2012
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the Summer 2011Indie Next List for Young Adults
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 McKinzey | 2/13/2014

    " This book wasn't bad, it just didn't catch my attention very strongly. Probably more like 2.5 stars. It was a fun, easy book to welcome in summer - but I wouldn't pick it up again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 2/8/2014

    " I loved how she changed personalities, and then just had to stay true to herself! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith Hays | 1/19/2014

    " This book was so awesome. I loved how Sarah connected her character with Dave, and made a love connection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret C. | 1/5/2014

    " it wasnt as good as I thought it would be "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 MiMi | 12/27/2013

    " I didn't wanna finish the book...... And typically I love almost any book so this was a shocker . It was sooooooo cliche and ridiculous and she met the guy in chapter two. I couldn't get past page 50. I only recommend this book if u wanna read something terrible for laughs ( which I do sometimes) I don't understand how this book is 400 pages seriously I am not reading any more of Sarah dessen's books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amadelle Rose | 12/16/2013

    " this made me want to read all books from sarah dessen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Batten | 12/3/2013

    " I loved it! The characters were so well developed!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/29/2013

    " This book is cute. A good teen novel on identity. I felt it was a bit lacking in some aspects and the ending seemed a bit rushed but overall it was a good read. I would probably read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tjala | 11/20/2013

    " sarah dessen is one if the most gifted writers ive ever read. her characters are fantastic her worlds believable. i felt so sorry for mclean i fell in love with dave and deb and i adored opal!! this is a must-read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clara | 11/12/2013

    " Thouroughly enjoyed it! Love Sara`s books, each and every one of them... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 11/11/2013

    " I've been a sucker for Sarah Dessen books for years. This story turned out to be just as wonderful as her others. I certainly am always imagining moving closer to a beach in north carolina after reading one of her novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 10/9/2013

    " Is there a way to cry more?! This book keeps it so close to real life that it is real. I feel as though I know the characters. That they are here with me right now. No matter how hard you try, you will never find a book quite like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Freefallen ~ YA Reviewer | 9/24/2013

    " Some bits were a bit slow, and dragged out a bit - but I guess an author has to fill her book out! Very sweet story, lovely book to chill with! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grace | 8/30/2013

    " So far i have loved this book and that's alot to say when I have only read a couple a pages (10) and it has really caught my attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tianna | 5/15/2013

    " I liked it, wasn't the worst book and wasn't the best book. But it was enough to keep me interested for 400 pgs and finish in a day. Worth the read. Sarah Dessen is an amazing author and The Truth About Forever is still my favorite book by her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briana Alzola | 3/11/2013

    " Who hasn't ever wanted to reinvent themselves? Luckily for Mclean, she gets the chance everytime her dad moves her to a new city. She adopts a new name, a new personality and a new way to deal with the scandal that tore her family apart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 12/21/2012

    " We moved all the time growing up so I totally related to the main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph | 11/3/2012

    " So I've got another favorite! Her books are always so amazing I just can't put them down. I've got to say one of my favorite things about this book are the cameos of characters from her other books, it's so fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacey | 2/3/2012

    " I should probably take a break from Sarah Dessen novels. I just can't stop reading them even if they are all kind of the same. If you like her books this one is the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 9/27/2011

    " I didn't like that there wasn't as much romance in this one. I'M A SUCKER FOR THAT STUFF THOUGH! So I might be biased. It felt more like "Here's a story a story about me and my dad. Oh, and I guess I met a boy." But overall it was still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 7/12/2011

    " This was a good book. It wasn't the best Sarah Dessen novel, but I didn't dislike it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/12/2011

    " A good read, especially for young adults. A heartwarming story of friendships, old and new, and family, before and after the heartbreak. A story of growing up and dealing with modern day coming of age issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 5/25/2011

    " Loved it. It didn't unseat The Truth About Forever or Just Listen as my favourites, but it slid in right under with Along for the Ride as way up there. Sarah Dessen is the best at fully realized characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlota | 5/24/2011

    " I love Sara's books but when u finished reading them u feel like you need more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 5/24/2011

    " Easy to read on the stair master. Enjoyed this. Good beach book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 5/24/2011

    " Not my favorite book by this author but still enjoyed the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 5/24/2011

    " I just couldn't fall in love with the characters in this book. It had a good message but there were some major issues that Mclean had that I just didn't feel were fully addressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/23/2011

    " I always think of Sarah Dessen as the Elizabeth Berg for teens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila | 5/22/2011

    " Entertaining, as all Sarah Dessen novels. This is a story of a teenage girl whose parents' divorce causes her to reinvent herslf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 5/21/2011

    " It's been a good long while since I read a Sarah Dessen book. I don't know why. At least now I will have a good three or four books to binge on, now that I've recalled how awesome she can be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 5/20/2011

    " Sweet story about divorce and growing up. I loved the relatonship between Mclean and Dave. Not a very eventful book but lovely story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasha | 5/20/2011

    " An excellent book, on par with her others. I'm not sure she'll ever top "This Lullaby" though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 5/19/2011

    " Fulfillment of Sarah Dessen.
    <3
    "

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About the Author
Author Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is the highly acclaimed author of many novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, Just Listen, and This Lullaby. Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You, were the basis of the movie How to Deal, starring Mandy Moore. Sarah graduated with highest honors in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and daughter.