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The Truth About Forever

Dessen, Sarah (Paperback - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Truth About Forever


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The summer following her father's death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.
Authors: Dessen, Sarah
Statement of Responsibility: Sarah Dessen
Title: The truth about forever
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Speak,, 2006, c2004
Characteristics: 374, 17 p. ; 22 cm.
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Report This Apr 16, 2014
  • vithu rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this book was amazing and I think that Wes is a better guy for Macy than Jason

Report This Aug 30, 2013
  • Jenna_Lambert rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Truth About Forever is one of the older novels written by Sarah Dessen, published almost ten years ago. In my opinion, it is one of the best of her books. I’m not much of a fan of her writing, mainly because I don’t read realistic fiction/romance and that seems to be all she writes, but this book had gotten good reviews, so I thought I’d give it a chance. I wasn’t disappointed; it was very good. The plot of the story is that Macy, a teenage girl that is striving to be perfect, is trying to manage her summer full of SAT studying and working at the library information test, without the company of her boyfriend while he is away at Brain Camp. Too bad he decides that they should take a break for the summer, which leaves Macy confused and angry. Then she gets a part time job at Wish catering when her mother hires them for a reception, and her life turns around. She learns how to let go and have fun with her life, as well as how true friends should be and what someone she should really be in love with is like. Wes, the boy Macy suddenly develops a strong attraction for, unfortunately is on a break with his own relationship, so that leaves them both in the position where they’re not comfortable to be with other people, but wishing they were. I liked this novel so much because it gives a lot of insight in the Macy’s mind. It shows her family struggles, which is a big issue in this book, and how she manages to deal with them. There are also many moments where you can really connect with the characters, and when second you will be happy, then sad, then angry. Any book that can manage to change your emotions is well done. Overall I really enjoyed this book, but from what I’ve read from more of Dessen’s recent work I haven’t enjoyed. Maybe this is a one time thing, but I’m glad I’ve given it a shot.

Report This Aug 27, 2013
  • whendragonsfly rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Boring book

Report This Jul 25, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The Truth About Forever is the Dessen novel that I have heard raves about from so many people and sadly, it fell a bit short of the hype for me. Not to say that it isn't a great novel. Macy is an interesting character and her perspective on the grieving process is a compelling one. Also, the supporting cast of characters are all sparkling. The reflections on the concept of forever throughout the novel are also quite profound and the final paragraph really is amazing. However, there was one nitpicky thing that drove me increasingly crazy: what library only has three high school students working the information desk for an entire summer? I think the novel may also have fallen short as my last YA read was also a novel about a teen girl grieving the loss of her father. Definitely a great Dessen but not quite as amazing as I was hoping for.

Report This Jul 16, 2013
  • aprilmay rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I LOVE this book. I've read it twice and it never gets old. Macy is still grieving her father, and thinks that being perfect will prevent her from getting hurt again. But after joining a crazy catering service, she learns chaos is okay. Unfortunately her mother doesn't. I love all the characters in this book too.

Report This Jul 13, 2013
  • kristianna rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this book is so amazing. I love it!

Report This Jul 02, 2013
  • Red_Butterfly_365 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

awesome book

The truth about forever by Sarah Dessen was a remarkable novel. It is my favorite Sarah Dessen book for many reasons. It is so beautifully written, the characters are amazing and so easy to relate to and there are many universal themes and messages teenagers especially can relate to. The novel revolves around a teenager Macy who has nothing to look forward to this summer to her than long, hot days. She has had a rough year, having to deal with her father’s sudden death which she blames herself for, pretending that everything is fine and struggling to be the perfect daughter. Her boyfriend Jason is away at a Brainy camp and she has to fill in for his boring library job. After telling Jason she loves him through an email, he says that they should consider taking a break. After quitting her library job, the unexpected happens. She joins a catering job at the Wish and meets some incredible people. Including a boy named Wes. Wes is an extremely artistic guy, with a troublesome past who lost his mother to cancer. The relationship between him and Macy is adorable and I especially enjoyed how they played the Truth game to get to know each other better. Through their conversations, Macy is more honest to him than she has been to anyone else. He helps her understand that sometimes you need to take a risk because if you don’t, you will always be looking back. The title fits with the book perfectly. Macy has always been worrying about time after her father’s death, and really wishes that everything was forever. But, the truth about forever is that it is never constant and is always changing. Forever is filled with tiny moments; smiles, laughs and inside jokes. The truth about forever is making each one of those moments special. It is just crazy how beautiful this book is and I recommend it to anyone into YA fiction, or any Sarah Dessen fan. "It's all in the view. That's what I mean about forever, too. For any one of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now. You never know for sure, so you'd better make every second count."

Wes = another fictional character I am completely in love with

Report This Feb 15, 2013
  • ChocolateMocha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favourites from Dessen :) An amazing book and I completely adored Wes! If only he was real... :)

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It was becoming clear to me that I shouldn't bother to get too attached to anything. Turn your back and you lose it. Just like that.

Report This Aug 19, 2008
  • Lauren rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What you have to decide is how you want your life to be. If your forever was ending tomorrow, would this be how you'd want to have spend it?

Report This Aug 19, 2008
  • Lauren rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

For any one of us our forever could end in an hour, or in a hundred years from now. You can never knkow for sure, so you'd better make ever second count.

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