For Mclean Sweet, reinvention is her specialty. Her parents are divorced and her decision to live with her father has created much hatred, hurt feelings and tons of lawyer/courtroom drama. Because her father relocates often for his job, each new place they land provides an opportunity for Mclean to be whoever she wants to be: Eliza, Lizbet, Beth. When it is time to move, without a word she leaves that persona behind and becomes someone different in the next place. That is until moving to Lakeview.
Somehow Lakeview is different. Mclean is making a real group of friends, including Dave, the most real guy she’s ever met. But can you trust saying hello to the first place to feel like home in a long time. What happened to goodbye?
Why I picked up the book (2013): My high school book club loves Sarah Dessen and we’ve been waiting for this to be released in paperback. I just read “The Moon and More” and want more, so I’m rereading it!
Why I picked up the book (in 2011): I love Sarah Dessen and this is her newest book. I’m listening to it because I don’t have a lot of time to just sit down and read. This way I get to listen to it as I’m driving back and forth to work.
Why I finished it: I felt like I knew Mclean and her friends. My parents divorced when I was a preteen and I could definitely relate to Mclean’s struggles with her mom.
I’d give it to: fans of Sarah Dessen, readers looking for great realistic fiction, teens who have moved around a lot.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars (Really Liked It)
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Review by Jenn, YA Librarian (View all my Goodreads reviews)