Title: The Truth About Forever
Author: Sarah Dessen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Group Inc.
Publication Date: May 11th 2004
Source: Own Hardcover
Goodreads Summary: A long, hot summer…
That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy’s father.
But sometimes unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister’s project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl’s world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to wonder, Is it really better to be safe than sorry?
This is the only book that I’ve ever picked up, without reading the reviews, just because of the author. I’ve only ever read 1 other book by Sarah Dessen, which was Just Listen, and totally fell in love with it.
So, here’s The Truth About Forever and all I can think of when I try to review is:
Since I’m all for pictures saying more than words, I’m going to make this a GIF Review!
On to the actual review:
Sarah Dessen always manages to take a damaged girl, and reinvent her life for the better. This is what she does with Macy. Macy’s been stuck in this perfect bubble ever since her dad died. She genuinely thinks that she can be perfect. One day, after her run in with a catering company and their hectic life, she realizes that maybe perfection isn’t so… perfect.
I LOVED this book. It’s funny how the book wants to tell you that perfection doesn’t exist, but in a way, manages to be perfectly crafted.
All the characters were amazing. ALL OF THEM. They were all so layered. Even the side characters. They always managed to bring a smile to my face.
Wes and Macy were so great together! It was nice to see that they were more than just a couple, they were friends first and foremost, and it was nice to see their relationship evolve. It makes me wish to have a friendship like theirs. Although, at one point in the book, I was just like: “KISS ALREADY!”, but overall, I was just really giddy.
Book in general:
Rating: 5 stars