The Truth About Forever
by Sarah Dessen
Overview (from B&N.com): Macy’s summer stretches before her, carefully planned and outlined. She will spend her days sitting at the library information desk. She will spend her evenings studying for the SATs. Spare time will be used to help her obsessive mother prepare for the big opening of the townhouse section of her luxury development. But Macy’s plans don’t anticipate a surprising and chaotic job with Wish Catering, a motley crew of new friends, or…Wes. Tattooed, artistic, anything-but-expected Wes. He doesn’t fit Macy’s life at all, so why does she feel so comfortable with him? So…happy? What is it about him that makes her let down her guard and finally talk about how much she misses her father, who died before her eyes the year before? Sarah Dessen delivers a page-turning novel that carries readers on a roller coaster of denial, grief, comfort, and love as we watch a broken but resilient girl pick up the pieces of her life and fit them back together. The summer following her father’s death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.
This overview was too long. It actually seems like two people came up with a decent summary and they just couldn’t decided which to put up, so they went with both. Both are good representatives of the book though. This was a breath of fresh air compared to other books. Sarah Dessen took a very serious, heartbreaking topic (death of a parent) and told a beautiful story. She made the character of Macy believable in her grief and avoidance. The supporting characters were all believable as well. Macy’s family members all reacted differently to her father’s death, which gave broad responses that allows everyone to identify with them. And Macy’s new friends provided comedic relief, when needed, and helped her to grieve while starting to move on. I thought this was a fantastic representation of life. I would definitely recommend The Truth About Forever to just about anyone.
4 out of 5 Bookmarks
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