The Truth about Forever
- Pub. Date: April 2006
- Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
- Format: Paperback , 400pp
- Sales Rank: 10,875
- Age Range: Young Adult
Macy’s summer stretches before her, carefully planned and outlined. She will spend her days sitting at the library information desk. She will spend her evenings studying for the SATs. Spare time will be used to help her obsessive mother prepare for the big opening of the townhouse section of her luxury development.
But Macy’s plans don’t anticipate a surprising and chaotic job with Wish Catering, a motley crew of new friends, or . . . Wes. Tattooed, artistic, anything-but-expected Wes. He doesn’t fit Macy’s life at all&150so why does she feel so comfortable with him? So . . . happy? What is it about him that makes her let down her guard and finally talk about how much she misses her father, who died before her eyes the year before?
Sarah Dessen delivers a page-turning novel that carries readers on a roller coaster of denial, grief, comfort, and love as we watch a broken but resilient girl pick up the pieces of her life and fit them back together.
Macy starts her summer off by saying goodbye to her boyfriend who is headed to Brain Camp. While she is left behind she will be taking his job at the library information desk, a job that he drilled her on before he left, and spending time preparing for the next year of school and her future. Something her mother has pushed very hard at her since her father died. Macy holds herself in part responsible for his death because she did not get up and run with him the morning he collapsed. Right after her new job starts, and she hates it from day one and the girls at the desk are horrible, and her boyfriend as decided they need to take a break, Macy’s mother has a open house at their home and the caterer is a mess and she helps in the kitchen. This leads to Macy working for the caterer and making a whole bunch of new friends and really beginning to live. Macy’s mother is not thrilled with the new boy friend that she has or any of the new friends she has made, but will she be able to keep them apart.
Macy is a typical Sarah Dessen girl from my point of view. She has all of her own little and big issues but deep down is just a girl who wants and needs to be accepted for who she is. Macy and Wes frustrated me to no end during this book. They just kept dancing around each other even though the spark and interest was there. There was a TON of build up to the last few pages of the book, in my opinion maybe too much build up but I was happy with the story and development of it. There are no empty players in this story each and every person story and placement is explained and fully carried out in the book. This was another Sarah Dessen book that I was unable to put down because I had to know what was going to happen. I love that the content and approach of her books spans many different age groups from a mature middle grade student all the way to adult.
4 of 5 stars. I really enjoyed this read.
*I purchased this book and all opinions are my own.