Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

This was the second book I've read by Sarah Dessen, and I loved it. So much of what I've been reading lately has been paranormal or fantasy, so it was nice to get back to a good old fashioned book about humans! This is a young adult novel.

Summary from Barnes and Noble:
Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen is looking forward to a long, boring summer. Her boyfriend is going away. She’s stuck with a dull-asdishwater 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 immediately felt connected to Macy. I loved her character. I think most people can find something in common with her, in some way. I really liked the relationship between her and Wes. Her insecurities, and the game that they always played. I admit to having a crush on him as well...he was so likeable! I did find myself with tears in my eyes several times while reading the book, but that's a good thing.

I think this would be a great read for any teenage girl trying to find some meaning in their life, whether they've gone through a tragedy or not.

I am not always a 'happy ending' kind of girl, but I have to admit I was extremely happy with how this book ended. I would have been sad with any other conclusion!

Rated: 4.5/5


  1. My daughter got me hooked on her books. I really liked "Lock and Key" and she has another one coming out "Along for the Ride" too.

  2. I am reading Lock and Key right now, so far I really like it!

  3. I read this book and loved it! I, like you, had been reading all fictional and other books for that- not that I'm dissing them (The House of Night Series rocked!) but it was nice and refreshing to get a bit of realism back into my life. I'm hooked onto her books now and am currently in the middle of "Someone Like You" right now and loving it! Can't wait to get to B&N and buy "Along for the Ride" soon...

  4. The Truth About Forever is the BEST book EVER!!!

  5. This book was amazing. I, almost immediately, felt connected ot it.
    It was nice because i could really relate to macy and I also found my self falling for Wes..

  6. i just finished sarahs book just listen and i loved it, read it in 2 days. i also read dreamland, wasnt very impressed with it but it was ok but i totally recommend just listen, its a little long but its worth it

  7. It was a great book and really teaches young girls how we can balance the need to be perfect, the need to fit in, and the need to be ourselves. Its not an easy task but one we should all be able to do.
    - Staci AO

  8. My favorite book by her was definetly Someone Like You! It is so amazing! I couldn'ty put it down!!! I read this book and to be perfectly honest I didn't like it all that much. At the moment I'm reading Just Listen and I really like it!!!!!!!!

  9. Sarah Dessen is truly a gifted author. I have read all but one of her books now and even my least favorite ones I still consider to be good. The Truth About Forever is quite possibly my favorite out of all of her books, though it is a very hard decision. The characters and what they go through, how they are developed are all so so real. I find myself wishing they were people who actually were my friends. I just can't put a Dessen book down once I start. They are over too soon, and always leave a lasting impression. I don't usually like books about teen drama, but this author is just so talented, once I started I just couldn't stop reading

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