Title: The Truth About Forever
Author: Sarah Dessen
Published: June 2012 by Speak (first published May 11th 2004)
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Synopsis: 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.
The Truth About Forever was one of those books that played out like a good teenage movie in my head. It had the quirky characters experiencing the fun, simple adventures in the summer and the tentative, swoon worthy romance while still capturing the underlying heartaches and the uncertainty that comes with change.
I adore Sarah Dessen’s writing, there’s something very personal and inviting about her stories that keeps coaxing you to read on. She inserts the characters’ gestures and habits so subtly that the prose flows nicely and each of her characters is distinct and layered.
Macy initially comes off as this flat, obedient boring character and it is easy to brush her aside in favour of the awesome cast of Wish Catering. What prevents her from being forgotten is her narration of her memories with her father and that very palpable, heartbreaking grief, the interactions she has with Kristy and her friendship with Wes. I really enjoyed her development throughout the book.
Wes totally stole my heart. *sigh* He’s amazing. He’s a bit mysterious and has a rough past but he’s patient and sweet and the way he listened to Macy and talked about his family made me love him. Macy and Wes’s slow, romantic tension was completely satisfying and I couldn’t help but smile when they were together.
As for the secondary characters, I love each of them especially Kristy. She’s sassy, bold and the supportive friend everyone wants in their life. The cast of characters is one of my favourite ensembles ever and I can go and on about them.
Looking back on this book I’m amazed by how many facets of Macy’s life and her friends Sarah Dessen explored. I didn’t know what aspect I should write about in my review because there was so much I enjoyed. While this is not a riveting story, it feels like something real. If you’re looking for a feel good read then definitely try this. It has its painful moments and hard truths but there is something heartwarming and uplifting about seeing a character find themselves and this was one totally absorbing journey.