Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen


Title: The Truth About Forever

Author: Sarah Dessen

Release Date/Publisher: June 2012 by Speak (first published May 11th 2004)

Finished: March 10th 2013

Pages: 374-Paperback-owned


With her sixth novel, award-winning author Sarah Dessen offers up another generous helping of finely crafted storytelling about real teens dealing with real life. In The Truth About Forever, when asked how she is coping with her father’s death, invariably seventeen year old Macy Queen’s answer is “fine,” when nothing could be further from the truth. In actuality, she is drowning in grief while maintaining a flawless façade of good grades and unblemished behavior. Though she feels lost when her boyfriend heads to “Brain Camp” for the summer, she finds herself a job with the quirky Wish Catering crew, and meets “sa-woon”-worthy Wes, whose chaotic lifestyle is in direct opposition to her own. As the two share their stories over the summer, Macy realizes she can no longer keep her feelings on ice. Though it feels like her future ended with her dad’s death, Macy’s learns that forever is all about beginnings. Dessen charts Macy’s navigation of grief in such an honest way it will touch every reader who meets her. All of the Dessen trademarks are here: a girl in transition, a wonderfully fleshed out cast of secondary characters, and of course, the luminous, powerful writing itself. The Truth About Foreverwill more than satisfy Dessen’s legion of fans, and will win her countless more as well. Highly recommended. (Ages 12 and up) –Jennifer Hubert

What I thought:

After hearing so many good things about Sarah Dessen’s writing I finally picked one of her books up, and I have to say she has me hooked now. Not only is it the romance and the addictive characters, but every bit of development in this story kept me reading.

Macy is the main character, a girl getting over her father’s death and who has in place a system to keep everything perfect and organized. She even has a really smart boyfriend and spends all her time with him, even if he’s not affectionate towards her. When he leaves for summer camp, she misses him and this among other events starts her eventual change. When she randomly meets the crew at Wish catering (which I loved) and takes on a few shifts to help out, she finds that she kind of likes the disorganized chaos compared to her routine life. And her friendship with Wes was so cute, I kept hoping they would be together in the end!

What I really found that I liked about this book was the way that she changed her life and how she finally starts to handle the grief of losing her father, rebuilding family relationships and of course meets people who aren’t perfect but just right for her. It was touching and sad at times but also makes you smile as you read on. I really suggest you read this if you want a good book, especially for Spring!


3 comments on “Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

  1. Dessen does such a great job of developing her characters and bringing you on the journey with them. I haven’t read this one yet but I’ve read a few other of hers, and they were great too! Glad you enjoyed.

  2. Yes! This is SUCH a good book! I have to admit that I really disliked Macy’s boyfriend in the beginning … it felt like she was just going through the motions when she deserved SO MUCH BETTER!

    Great review, Kelsey!

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