What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This doesn't need a lot of selling, because by now Sarah Dessen has a dedicated following and a recognizable formula: girl with some problem falls in love and resolves the problem by the end. What moved this from a 3 to a 4 for me was one scene directly out of Chas. Addams (you'll know it when you read it). Honestly, I never thought that I'd giggle over a Sarah Dessen book, but that one scene? Giggleable.
Maclean - or Liz, Beth, Lizbeth or Eliza - is the product of a Broken Marriage. Mom stayed "home", marrying the basketball coach at the local university. Dad took a job as a restaurant consultant, and Maclean has chosen to stay with him, much to Mom's dismay. Their MO is to move to a town, fix a restaurant, then leave, mostly without saying goodbye (hence the title). This is their fourth move in two years and Maclean's become a pro. This move, however, becomes something more permanent, thanks to Dave, her next door neighbor, and Deb, the acronym-crazed student Welcome Wagon/school loner. By the end, she's put down some roots and reconciled with her mother, if not with her parents divorce.
Not only did I enjoy the book, Mallory found it edible. So if the feline vote means anything to you, this is a definite winner.
ARC provided by publisher.