Saturday, May 8, 2010

Review: The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

Title: The Truth about Forever
Series: N/A
Book #: N/A
Author: Sarah Dessen
Published: 2006
Reading Level: 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.

Amber's thoughts:
After reading review after review that extolled the works of Sarah Dessen, I figured that I should look into some of her other books. I read Someone Like You quite a while ago and really enjoyed it. This book was just as deep and full of meaning, along with important morals and lessons for teen girls.

The beginning was a bit slow for me. At first, Macy and her family are focused on simply surviving each day and coping with the loss of Macy's father. Depressing and uneventful, I wasn't that impressed for the first sixty pages or so. Then things speed up when Macy accepts a job with the Wish catering team. I absolutely loved these guys! Chaotic, loving, and supportive, the team becomes a family of sorts for Macy. I couldn't get enough of their crazy disasters. 

The romance in this novel developed fairly slowly, but for once, I didn't mind. The Truth About Forever is one of the few young adult novels that has a realistic portrayal of a relationship. Slowly but surely, Wes and Macy bond and become extremely close friends. Dessen takes time developing her characters and their relationships. Her development adds so much to the plot.

Sarah Dessen really connects with her readers. As you read, you truly become part of the story. Macy is such a realistic character and I couldn't help but relate to her. I even began to see parts of myself in her. I can honestly say that Dessen is a master of character development, even if her novels are somewhat similar to one another. The messages she sends out to teens are truly inspirational, and I would recommend this to any girl that has ever felt lost or confused. 


Allie said...

This is definitely my favorite Dessen novel. It is incredibly realistic and I love the relationship in it. I also really liked Lock and Key.

prophecygirl said...

I agree 100% with you about this being one of the most realistic portrayals of YA romance. So glad you enjoyed it - it's my favourite Dessen! :)

Cate said...

This is one of my favorite books of all time- I'm glad you enjoyed it! ;) I absolutely loooved the Wish crew, and Wes...


Christina T said...

Nice review. This is one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books along with Just Listen.

Unknown said...

I bought this book a long time ago and never finished it. I'll have to give it another try.