Title: The Truth About Forever
Author: Sarah Dessen
Published: April 6, 2006
# of Pages: 400
My Rating: 4/5
Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen is looking forward to a long, boring summer. Her boyfriend is going away. She’s stuck with a dull-asdishwater job at the library. And she’ll spend all of her free time studying for the SATs or grieving silently with her mother over her father’s recent unexpected death. But everything changes when Macy is corralled into helping out at one of her mother’s open house events, and she meets the chaotic Wish Catering crew. Before long, Macy joins the Wish team. She loves everything about the work and the people. But the best thing about Wish is Wes—artistic, insightful, and understanding Wes—who gets Macy to look at life in a whole new way, and really start living it….
I am a fan of Sarah Dessen. I think she writes teens very well. She writes characters that are very real, that teens can really relate to, that I would want to be friends with if I were their age. The Truth About Forever is no different – I related to Macy immediately, and right away, I just wanted things to start going right for her. I wanted her mom to be more open with her, I wanted her to get rid of her jerk boyfriend, and I wanted her to just enjoy her life. I also liked Wes. He wasn’t as developed as I would have liked him to be, but I enjoyed reading about how his and Macy’s friendship grew, and developed into something more (even when neither of them supposedly realized that’s what was going on).
The Truth About Forever wasn’t as amazing as Just Listen, however (my favorite Dessen book, by far). Unfortunately, I now compare every YA romance type book that I read to that one, and most don’t live up. It’s ok – this one was still good. It was just missing a little something that Just Listen had… some extra oomph. Still a good book, though. I liked it, I stayed up late to finish it, and I’m glad I got to experience the characters’ journeys. Solid YA. As Dessen is so good at doing. 🙂
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