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What Happened to Goodbye

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Thoughtful look at teen finding self after parents' divorce.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

It's a pretty good book

This novel is a good way to introduce your children into the real world. It has a good romance feel, but also deals with some real world issues like moving, finding ones identity, drinking, and divorce. But the drinking is done underage and is portrayed very casually. and the divorce involved a parent cheating on the other and getting pregnant from it. There is some mild curse words but nothing too bad. All in all, it is a good book for a mature child.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (13 ):

Older tween readers will appreciate the authentic voice and realistic characters in this rambling but touching story. There’s much for them to connect with, including out-of-touch parents distracted by their own drama who leave their daughter to stumble along more or less on her own. This is familiar territory for Sarah Dessen, who again skillfully taps into the emotional life of teens. The characters are both eccentric and familiar, defying easy stereotypes. The storytelling is sometimes convoluted -- Dessen often skips backward and forward in the narrative, drawing unnecessary circles -- but on the whole it’s a well-told character study with a strong supporting cast.

Book Details

  • Author: Sarah Dessen
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publication date: May 10, 2011
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 402
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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