Every Sarah Dessen Novel, Ranked

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9. What Happened to Goodbye (2013)

Penguin Young Readers


Ever since McLean’s parents got divorced, she’s been moving from place to place with her dad while he fixes up restaurants. Each time she moves, she creates an entirely new identity (normal, right?). But of course this time things are different and she decides maybe she should just be herself.


This book is pretty solid, but nothing extraordinary. And I do find it a bit strange that McLean literally becomes an entirely new person every time she moves. She even creates her new persona a social media account in each city, basically catfishing everyone. That said, you can’t argue with the message. In the end, she learns to be herself, comes to terms with the divorce, and finally starts to feel like she has actually found a home. Bonus points for her dad finding love, too!

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