The Truth About Forever
Author: Sarah Dessen
Pages [paperback]: 374
Memorable Quote: “You know, feeling and action are always linked, one can’t exist without the other. It’s sort of a hippie thing.”
Favorite Characters: Delia & Wes
Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen is looking forward to a long, boring summer. Her boyfriend is going away. She’s stuck with a dull-as-dishwater 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 absolutely adore Sarah Dessen’s books. I think this is my fifth or sixth one, and I haven’t come across I haven’t loved yet! I’m never really impressed by the summaries on the back covers [I have no idea why!] but the characters, the dialouge, the funny little quirks that make the book unique, all add up to something amazing and memorable.
Truthfully, I wanted to bop Macy on the head sometimes and tell her what she was doing wrong with her life. Sure, I was rooting for her the entire time, but she understandably has a hard time making life choices.
I love Delia’s chaos-on-wheels, Wes’s “dark and mysterious, tortured artist” look he’s got working for him, Burt’s end of the world fascination, Monotone’s “Mmmhmm”s and “Doneven”s, and Caroline’s fanatic fascination with Wes’s artwork. These little components all work together to create a great whole, which happens with every Sarah Dessen book. It’s one of the reasons I love these.
Everyone has speed bumps in their lifetime, like a death in the family. Macy has to deal with her father’s death, and I think anyone can take something away from this. We all have different ways of grieving, but some people just need a little help along the way.
The Truth About Forever gets 5/5 stars. I definitely recommend it! It deals with grief, romance, and humor. All in all, a great young adult book.