Review: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

What Happened To GoodbyeTitle: What Happened to Goodbye

Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher:  Viking Juvenile
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; contemporary fiction
Source: Paperback – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

Another town. Another school. Another Mclean. Ever since her parents’ bitter divorce, Mclean and her father have been fleeing their unhappy past. And Mclean’s become a pro at reinventing herself with each move. But in Lakeview, Mclean finds herself putting down roots and making friends—in part, thanks to Dave, the most real person Mclean’s ever met. Dave just may be falling in love with her, but can he see the person she really is? Does Mclean herself know?

My Review:

Whenever Sarah Dessen releases a new book my heart sores and i make it a goal in my life to get my hands on it and devour it.

‘Read her once and fall in love.’

How honest is that line up there? It’s true to every word and letter. I know for a fact that of the six books that I’ve read by Sarah Dessen, I am yet to be disappointed. She just weaves the story is such an intricate pattern that it looks flawless, beautiful and the presence of a loose thread doesn’t exist. The story stays sewn together, without the fear of coming undone.

What Happened to Goodbye is about McLean. Her parents just went through a messy divorce. Her only escape, recreating herself, which is fairly easy considering how often she and her father move from place to place due to his job. But, this time, she finds it hard to hide herself, all the while searching for whom the ‘old McLean’ was and how she got to where she is.

Sarah Dessen adds just the right amount of elements in her books, almost like the perfect cake. Add family, friendship, love, path to forgiveness and finding oneself, and put in the oven to bake. Then spread the romance and sprinkle letting-go, and you have a perfect, delicious cake that melts in your mouth with every bite.

If you haven’t already read this book, then I strongly suggest going to buy yourself one, NOW! Seriously, how could you resist? And I’m just going to sit here patiently awaiting the news of Sarah Dessen’s new novel. *fingers crossed* There has to be another novel in the horizon…THERE JUST HAS TO BE!

Review: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride

Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Speak
Genre(s): contemporary romance; young-adult;
Source: paperback – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live. 

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.


My Review:

Oh My Gawd! This is by far my favourite novel by Sarah Dessen. The Truth About Forever and Lock & Key come a close second third.

The thing with many of Dessen’s novels is that even though people find that they are romance novels, and yes while that aspect is very much present, her stories are about transformation and basically life. Her books hold these fabulous life lessons that actually leaving you pondering and reflecting on your life.

Her characters are by far the most fantastic in this novel. I loved Auden’s vulnerability and at the same time confusion and strength. I loved her as a character. Dessen, has this way with her characters. She makes them so real that you have no choice but to get reeled in head first and fall in love with them all.

So far, i’ve read five of her novels and i’ve been dumbfounded by all of them. When i read her books, i pay close attention to every single detail. I reread each paragraph and let the feeling literally sink in. The settings and the atmosphere that she creates is pure perfection. No other way to put it. They are all real places but somehow she gives them a new life, making them seem completely different from what they might actually appear to be. Like some people see a place under a fluorescent light, but she turns on the neon lights and sees it under that.

It had always been incredibly hard for me to find her books here, and i had got to the point where i could only fantasize about ever reading her books and kill anybody who said they had never heard of her. But i have to say the wait was worth it. Now that her books become available a year or so after their release, i don’t feel angry or sad. Deep down i know the journey i go on every time i read her books and i also know that they leave me wanting more.

When i reached the final chapter and i could tell that the book was coming to an end, i knew i didn’t want it to end. Never. Now i look forward to What Happened to Goodbye and see what Dessen has created there.

This book is my favourite Dessen book so far and i hope all of you grab a copy and see for yourself why. It’s the perfect summer read, even though i clearly got to in the winters. Oops!



In My Mailbox #19

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. In this post you just show all the books you have either bought, borrowed, won, or was gifted for this week.

Here is what I got this week!


Along for the Ride                                           Torment (Fallen, #2)











I took advantage of this AWESOME sale that was happening here. My favourite bookstore was celebrating their 50th Anniversary and they are selling all books at 20% off. Luck was definitely on my side when i saw Sarah Dessen on the shelves! Eeeeeeep!


This Friday’s Question:

Gateway Books: Which particular books opened you up to a new genre?

This Lullaby Sarah Dessen’s This Lullaby got me hooked onto YA contemporaries. And guess what, i’m still hooked on! I had heard about Sarah Dessen before but had never come across any of her books (there is a shortage of books – no books – of such) and i came across This Lullaby by chance. Since then i’ve read The Truth About Forever, Lock and Key and Just Listen.


Twilight on the other hand got me involved with vampires and werewolves.

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

 Honestly, after i finished with the series and saw the movie i was just put off by it all that i stayed away from YA paranormal. But a friend of mine told me about Vampire Academy and i gave it a try. And now i’m back. My love for werewolves is far more that vampires these days but it was the opposite some time back. Pft…me and my mood swings.

Impulse (Impulse, #1)I’ve discovered in this past year that I really like novels in verse, I couldn’t imagine it being my thing before I first picked up Impulse but all the ones I’ve read have been all the more emotional, moving and effective because of it.

The fact is, all of the books I’ve read so far have affected me quite deeply. And now i’m addicted to YA realistic fiction!

Book Blogger Hop #10

Book Blogger Hop

“Let’s talk crazy book titles! Highlight one or two (or as many as you like!) titles in your personal collection that have the most interesting titles! If you can’t find any, feel free to find one on the internet!”

Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude and Other Commandments I Have Broken

Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude and Other Commandments I Have Broken

by Rosemary Graham
 Readers who love Sarah Dessen will enjoy this companion to My Not-So-Terrible Time at the Hippie HotelJust when Kelsey is finally fitting into her new California life, C. J. Logan comes along. He’s hot, popular, and revered as the best skateboarder around. Girls want to be with him, and boys want to be him. And Kelsey is lucky enough to be his girlfriend. But when she decides that their relationship is over, she could not have imagined what would happen next. With rumors flying, she is forced to figure out who her true friends are and, more importantly, who her true self really is.

Follow Friday #13

Q. How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?

Fantasy novels played a huge role in my pre-teen and early teen years. I guess Harry Potter had a role in that, but i was really more inclined towards novels that spoke of imaginary places and creatures that could talk.

City of Stars (Stravaganza, #2)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)


Then i went through the Meg Cabot phase. That phase seems to have simmered down a bit but i still love her novels a LOT! This was the time that i was devouring her books in one day and then going to buy more the very next. I don’t know why, but her books gave me an outlet to run away (for some time, at least) the bad news that had struck my family that year.

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)

All-American Girl (All-American Girl, #1)

       Then came the Twilight craze. Many of us are still going through that. It was then that i fell completely and utterly in love with Edward Cullen. Everything he did was swoon worthy and very soon i wanted my own Edward. But guess what happened next? I started reading Twilight the very year the movie was to be released. I had finished the series and when the movie came i was thoroughly disappointed. Over the years, the movies have improved but the choosing of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart to play Edward and Bella, just put me off them. Then i realised that i had a love for Jacob Black and everything werewolves.  Thats when my love for everything werewolves.

Twilight (Twilight, #1)Moonlight (Dark Guardian, #1)

Currently i am in love with contemporary young adult fiction. Really awesome! Its something i can easily relate to and i have an awful lot of fun just reading them.

The Truth about Forever

The Nature of Jade


So I dediced to participate in today’s TGIF question hosted by the lovable Ginger from GReads!

What are some of your favorite book quotes?

Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
William W. Purkey
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
“I knew, in the silence that followed, that anything could happen here. It might be too late: again, I might have missed my chance. But I would at least know I tried, that I took my heart and extended my hand, whatever the outcome.
“Okay,” he said. He took a breath. “What would you do, if you could do anything?”
I took a step toward him, closing the space between us. “This,” I said. And then I kissed him.”
Sarah Dessen (The Truth about Forever)
“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are! (Jane to Mr. Rochester-Ch. 23)”— Charlotte Brontë
“Madison looked from Jason, who jerked his head toward the gate, signaling her to get moving, to Longbranch, whose cold, direct gaze said Jason would pay in blood for any kind of double-cross.
One thing was clear: Jason Haley had been lying to her since the moment he set foot on her porch. Was he really plotting with the Roses? Or had he decided to sacrifice himself to get her into the sanctuary?
Madison threw her arms around Jason’s neck as if she couldn’t face being parted from him and whispered fiercely in his ear, “You lying lunatic bastard. They’re going to kill you.”
I love you too,” he murmured. “Go find Seph. Help him.”
Cinda Williams Chima (The Dragon Heir)
“Ellen could have killed me,” Jack said quietly,”but she didn’t. She saved my life.”
“How come?” Fitch demanded. “After all this?”
Ellen turned scarlet and stared at the ground. “Maybe none of my opponents ever gave me flowers before,” she mumbled.”
Cinda Williams Chima
“Ellen drank long and deep from her water bottle and wiped her mouth with her gauntleted arm. “Are you feeling all right, Jack? Your play’s flat, all in all. I was hoping to give Seph more of a show.”
Jack tested the edge of his blade with his thumb. “Actually, Ellen, I wondered if you were coming down with something. You were downright lethargic. I nearly dozed off once or twice.”
“Well, that explains it. You looked like you were asleep.”
With that, they threw down their weapons and it dissolved into a wrestling match. In the end they were kissing each other.
It was certainly a different kind of courtship, but there was a chemistry, an understanding, a kinship between Jack and Ellen that Seph envied.”
Cinda Williams Chima (The Wizard Heir)
“It’s a lot easier to be lost than found. It’s the reason we’re always searching and rarely discovered–so many locks not enough keys.”
Sarah Dessen (Lock and Key)


Follow Friday #10 and Book Blogger Hop #7

Q. Genre Wars! What’s your favorite genre and which book in that genre made it your favorite?

Can you call a genre your favourite when you have never stepped near that genre? I have always wanted to read YA Dystopian novels. I am yet to read one, i hope i do. But my favourite would have to be YA romance. Its just awesome! I personally feel Sarah Dessen captures is wonderfully.





Book Blogger Hop

How many books are currently in your To-Be-Read (TBR) Pile?

I think all of you would be shit-scared if you found out. I mean i get scared everytime i look at it. I am pretty sure there are close to 750 books in my TBR! Some of them can be found in my wish-list above.

“Waiting On” Wednesday #2

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Expected publication: May 10th 2011 by Penguin Young Readers Group
0670012947 (ISBN13: 9780670012947)

Another town. Another school. Another Mclean. Ever since her parents’ bitter divorce, Mclean and her father have been fleeing their unhappy past. And Mclean’s become a pro at reinventing herself with each move. But in Lakeview, Mclean finds herself putting down roots and making friends—in part, thanks to Dave, the most real person Mclean’s ever met. Dave just may be falling in love with her, but can he see the person she really is? Does Mclean herself know?

The picture is linked to its Goodreads page so its easier to add it to your “wish-list”.

About Me…Through the Book Blogger HOP #1

Book Blogger Hop

I just recently came across the Book Blogger HOP, which was started by the blogger behind Crazy-for-Books. I know i am super late…or not. You can join these things at any point. But i feel lost…you without further ado i will attempt to answer all/or some of the questions that have taken place over the months and then in the end i will answer the most recent one. Here goes:

“What book are you most looking forward to seeing published in 2011? Why are you anticipating that book?”

The book i really want to read is What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen. You don’t know what they mean when they say, “Read her once and fall in love!” Its true. 

What Happened to Goodbye Cover

You do end up falling in love and then you just want to devour every single book that she has ever written – What Happened to Goodbye isher 10th. She just has this way with her words, characters that makes them so real. She covers reality in her books and explores teen angst. And not to mention the LOVE! Up till now i have read only 4 of her books: This Lullaby, Just Listen, Lock & Key and The Truth About Forever. You’ll know what i mean when you give her a shot and pick up her books. She doesn’t disappoint!

“Pick a character from a book you are currently reading or have just finished and tell us about him/her.”

Jade is the protagonist from The Nature of Jade. She’s been diagnosed with Panic Disorder but the elephants in the zoo seem to keep her calm. (we all have our Zen place) It is through this that she comes across Sebastian – Sebastian who has a super cute son. Jade’s character really reels you into the book. Through meeting Sebastian, Jade starts making decisions that willThe Nature of Jade reflect her future but it is through him that she finds true love.  (didn’t want to give away too much, but i think i already did.) There is a part where she shows her anger and i just about loved it. Its when she finds out that her mom has gone behind her back and done something (read the book to find out) that she gets really angry and the glass of lemonade has to suffer. She throws it against her house. Now that is something i’ve always wanted to do…you know find an outlet for when i’m feeling angry. 😛

“If I gave you £50 (or $80) and sent you into a bookshop right now, what would be in your basket when you finally staggered to the till?”

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa

Every single Sarah Dessen book i could get my hands on (the 6 i don’t have)

All the books ever written by Susane Colasanti (especially Something Like Fate and So Much Closer)

 “Who’s your all-time favorite book villain?”

 This is tough! I never think much about my favorite villains. But I think I will chose Darken Rahl from the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. Although he was definitely evil, he also has an interesting history. Plus he reappears for several books, so I feel like I know the man behind the villain. And that makes you both love him and hate him at the same time.

Couldn’t have said it better myself…btw thats what the blogger behind Between the Covers said.

 “Do you ever wish you would have named your blog something different?”

Now that i think of all the possibilities, i do wish that i had named by blog something else. Something which was most definitely related to books. But this blog was never supposed to be book related, it was supposed to be about my transition from high school to everything else the world had to offer. But then i realised that i loved books a bit too much and i had to find an outlet for all that love and who better than to share all that love with than the authors behind all those amazing stories and a whole blogging community that loves books just as much as i do. Plus after all this time, i just think everything is perfect as it is.

 “What very popular and hyped book in the blogosphere did you NOT enjoy and how did you feel about posting your review?”The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset
The Hunger Games – the start of a revolution for the dystopia genre.  But iwon’t say i didn’t like it because…(confession time) i haven’t had the privilege of reading it. Yes, this is a sad confession because i am super eager to become a part of all the madness. So, don’t worry. If i happen to find the book i will surely pick it up and get to the reading. Obviously, with the reading comes the review 🙂

 “Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?”

I actually read a variety of books but i try to stick to the Young Adult genre and i am successful almost all the time. Why do i love young adult books? Hmm…because its got everything to do with what i am going through in life. I can relate so easily to it and i’ve always liked how i can related to the characters in the stories i read. Then again, i can’t say why i really like this genre because its just been instilled in my head that i am to love it. Like i was born to read this genre and that my calling was to blog about it and post the reviews.

 “Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?”

That totally depends on my mood. If i am engrossed into a book to the point where i can’t put it down without having a seizure, i will be reading that book at that time. But then there are times when i have the urge to devour books, you read as much as i can. Thats when you’ll find that i’m reading 3-4 books at the same time, much to the shock of all those around me. But don’t worry, i retain everything and can differentiate the stories easily. I guess my talent comes from being a bookworm 😀

Today’s question:

 “Summer is coming quickly – what 2011 summer release are you are most looking forward to?”

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy #1) 

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven, yet she can’t stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen (review)

The Truth about ForeverThe Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the first book that actually got me interested in Sarah Dessen. Not by reading the story but my reading blurb and since then i have been desperately searching for her novels. This is now actually my 4th Dessen book that i have read.

When i first found this book i started screaming and jumping up and down, then realising my mistake i quickly grabbed it and hugged it to my chest so that no one else could run away with it. Actually if someone had i would be ready to fight for it.

This story was really beautiful. Just like all of Sarah Dessen’s novels this one also had these amazing characters that we could all relate to. She weaves such amazing story lines that one finds it hard to get it out of our head even when the story is finished. I will say that when i finished this novel a sigh actually escaped my lips and there was a huge smile on my face. Only a few novels have been able to do that to me.

The story follows a girl, Macy who has just recently lost her dad and is looking for closure, or one could also say running away from it. Everything is perfect in her life but perfection does not lead to a happy life. When she first meets the Wish crew she feels that they are one train wreck but me find that that is what actually attracts her to them. Thats when she starts working for them and her eyes open up to many other aspects. From having no friends she makes unforgettable and irreplaceable relationships.

My review or words can not sum up the experience that this book gave me while i read it and finished it. So my message to all of you is to grab a hold of this book and the rest of her books as well.

General view: Perfect…though Macy’s mother really pissed me off till she actually started acting like one. But i guess there are people like that in the world who find it hard to express themselves to others.

View all my reviews

Now all that i wish for is that someday i get the chance to review Along for the Ride and What Happened to Goodbye, both by Sarah Dessen.

Also lets have a discussion. Comment below and let me know who was your favourite character from the book and why you liked him/her. Also let me what was your favourite part in the book. 🙂

My favourite part was when Macy finally opens her dad’s present and realises that he had bought her Wes’s ornament…now that is what you call a sign.