Sunday, August 14, 2011

Review - The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Title and Author: The Truth About Forever
Publisher: Puffin
Publication Date: May 1st, 2004
Paperback/Hardcover: 374
Genre: Young Adult

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’m yet to read a book by Sarah Dessen I haven’t enjoyed. The Truth About Forever did not disappoint me.
The Truth About Forever is the story of Macy Queen whose life changed completely after her father died in front of her. Since that day Macy has been trying to be perfect and hold it all together for the sake of her family, especially her mother. When Macy’s perfect boyfriend goes to Brain Camp during summer, she meets and befriends the Wish catering crew. Amongst the new people she meets there’s Wes who is far from perfect and who makes Macy understand perfection might be overrated.
I really liked Macy it was easy to understand what she was going through and why she tried so hard to be perfect. Macy is, of course, flawed but she’s also sweet and it’s nice being able to see her grow as the story develops.
Wes is a great character as well. Sarah Dessen’s boys are always great but I think, so far, Wes is my favorite one. He doesn’t believe in perfection. He likes flaws and he’s sweet and very mature.
I also liked all the secondary characters in this story, especially Bert. He was so sweet and so… Bert like. :D Kristy and Delia were great as well. Every single character in this story brings something to it. They help Macy grow and overcome her problems and fears. The interaction between all the characters is simply great.
I enjoyed the way the relationship between Macy and Wes developed. They became good friends before becoming anything else. They got to know each other through games of truth that brought them together.
The Truth About Forever is an extremely well-written book that deals with an interesting issue.
If you like the Young Adult genre, you’ll definitely be able to enjoy this fun, fast and sweet story.

Rating: Worth Your Time (4 Stars)


  1. Sounds like it would definitely be worth my time. Will add it to my shelf, thanks for the review.

  2. Sounds very interesting. I have yet to read one of Sarah Dessen's books (I know, shame on me), but this one sounds great! Thanks for the review.


  3. Freshman year of college, I'd just had a horrific, nightmarish weekend and on the Thursday after, Sarah Dessen was doing a reading for our Literary Festival. She gave us a sneak peek of "Truth About Forever" and I started counting the days until I could buy it. Absolutely. Loved. This. Book. I could relate to Macy so well, and Wes - well, let's just say I am fully acquainted with the sa-woon ;o) All of Dessen is good, but this one has a special place in my heart :o)

  4. WES <3

    Sorry, that's always the first thing I think of about this book LOL. I'm so glad you liked it! I love Sarah Dessen's novels :)

    Also: I did get your e-mail! Sorry, it's been kind of crazy. I'll shoot you a reply soon - sorry for the wait!