Just finished Sarah Dessen’s The Truth About Forever!! Okay, so I actually finished it yesterday, but I didn’t have time to write the review. So I’m writing it now.
A long dull summer stretches ahead of Macy while her boyfriend Jason is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of her father.
But sometimes unexpected things can happen – things like the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister’s project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things like meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl’s world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to wonder if it really is better to be safe than sorry.
I think all of Sarah Dessen’s books have a specific tone to them. What Happened to Goodbye was fast, angry, and passionate. Along for the Ride was passionate, too, but in a more intriguing sort of way, that piqued interest. The Truth About Forever was more of a lullaby, with some rough patches. I think if you combined them all together, you’d get a modern version of Fur Elise by Beethoven – a passionate, angry, yet soft, love song.
Macy is amazing. Really. It amazed me how clueless she was. But actually, I suppose that’s what makes Sarah Dessen such a great realistic fiction author: she is able to pick out the characteristics in human beings that people don’t realize is there in themselves. Macy was obviously hurt, but she thought she was dealing with her grief in a healthy way. By shutting down and expecting to fail at being perfect. I love how she grows and changes throughout the book, how eventually the story ends. But my absolute favorite person in this book? One guess. The guy, Wes, of course! He is pretty much my dream guy. Honest, knows what’s important, and really CARES. He doesn’t fake it, he’s genuine. Also, it doesn’t hurt that he’s good-looking. I mean, girls openly stared at him. But anyway. The friendship/relationship/whatever you want to call it that he and Macy have was just really, really fun to read. I loved all the truths that they told, and how the game ended.
I also enjoyed Macy’s newfound friends at Wish Catering. Bert was hilarious, as was Delia. The chaos in and of itself was entertaining. I loved Kristy, especially. She was the picture-perfect best friend: no matter what happened, could give it to Macy straight, and admitted to her mistakes. she was open, honest, and caring. Her sister Monica was also an interesting character because of what she added in comic relief as well as deep insight, despite the fact that she really only says three phrases the entire book.
Even though the ending was a bit confusing, sort of reminiscent of What Happened to Goodbye, with a quick end, it was still really good. I can’t wait to read another of her books, but next on the list to finish reading/review is So Shelly.
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