What Happened to Goodbye - Sarah Dessen To me, the message of this story is that, even though you run from your past, you really can't hide from it. The plot for this book was amazing, after reading some reviews on how Sarah Dessen lacks in this book compared to, The Truth About Forever I was curious to know why. I can now say that this book was amazing, screw what anyone else says! The characters in What Happened To Goodbye are very lovable and just the other characters' Sarah Dessen is known for writing about.