Friday, December 13, 2013

Book Review - What Happened to Goodbye

** I just completed a Young Adult literature course and have read and reviewed several materials using a new format. This review follows a template given to me by my professor.**

Name: Christopher M. Jimenez
Media Format: Book (ebook)
Title: What Happened to Goodbye
Genre: Sports, Strong Female Lead, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Author: Sarah Dessen
Selection Source: VOYA’s Perfect 10, 2011
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Recommended Audience Age: 12 - Adult
Reading Recommendation: 4
Curriculum Connections: Literature. Leisure, Civics, Business, Health


After an ugly divorce, Mclean decides to live with her dad who travels from town to town fixing failed restaurants. In every city, Mclean creates a new identity in order to cope with her troubled life. However, through the influence of Basketball, a cast of friends and Dave, a romantic influence, Mclean faces her true self and the emotions of the last few years of her life.


This is an excellent novel that deals with identity, particularly with social media and the ease of creating a fake persona. It is important to open the discussion of healthy self-expression for the YA audience. Civics comes into play when considering the “juvenile delinquent” program that operates out of the restaurant’s top floor.


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