Review: The Truth About Forever

Title:  The Truth About Forever

Author:  Sarah Dessen

Published:  April 6, 2006

# of Pages:  400

ISBN:  978-0142406250

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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12 thoughts on “Review: The Truth About Forever”

  1. This was one of my favorite books from last year. I haven’t read Just Listen, so I’m going to put that on my list. The Truth About Forever was my first Dessen novel (I read Someone Like You and didn’t like it nearly as well). I wonder if it’s the first one we like best?

    1. Hmm that may be the case. Although I read a few of her books before reading Just Listen… something about that book just spoke to me, I think. I’d highly suggest reading it. 🙂

  2. Interesting. I liked both, but I liked The Truth About Forever more than Just Listen, and I liked that more than Lock and Key, which I just finished. It might be the ordered I read them in, but Sarah Dessen is an amazing author, and it might be what subject matter resonates with me and what doesn’t (as much).

  3. i lovelovelove YA fiction and am always on the lookout for something good for my students (and myself!) one of the arcs i recently requested is the final in a YA series i’ve been following since 2000. i can’t wait to get my paws on it.

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