Book Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

July 30, 2015

Book Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah DessenThe Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Published by Puffin on 1st May 2008
Source: Bought Physical Copy
Pages: 391
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 am so late to the party with this one. So very late. Not that I really care, because hello – this is one of the best contemporaries I have read. Ever.

A lot of people say The Truth About Forever is their favourite Sarah Dessen novel. I can’t pass judgement on that, as I’ve only read Lock & Key  as well, but I will say I can understand why this is such a firm favourite. This book takes so many elements that work well on their own and combines them in a way that’s truly irresistible to read. Dessen’s writing is so fluid and addictive that I couldn’t help but read the entire book in a day which, at the time, was unheard of for me.

Macy is a character who I connected to immediately. It’s so easy to fall into being the person other people want or expect you to be – believe me, I’ve been there, and I could certainly relate to her grief for her father. I hated how her mum shut her out and focused on work instead of grieving with Macy – that’s not fair. If you don’t want to grieve, fine, but don’t act as if grief isn’t allowed by anyone. You cannot be expected to move on if you’re not allowed to grieve, but that’s what her mother seemed to expect and I really, really, didn’t like her for it. Jason was a total idiot, so I’m not even going to mention him.

Wes on the other hand? Wes was exactly was Macy needed. They seem like polar opposites, but they really aren’t and they just worked so well together. It takes a fair amount of time for Wes and Macy to happen, and I found myself internally screaming at them to just get together already! I loved how Macy found herself new friends and stretched her wings in The Truth About Forever, the entire catering team just brought her to life and encouraged her to feel and do what she wants to do for herself. Oh, and the present that her dad left her? I came so close to bawling my eyes out because it was so, so so perfect!

I am so grateful I picked up The Truth About Forever, not only did it put me out of a hideous reading slump, it introduced me to one of the most amazing contemporaries ever. I’m signing myself up to he Sarah Dessen fan club, stat.

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