The Truth About Forever

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

a long, hot summer…

That’s what Macy has to look forward to 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 Macy’s father.

But sometimes unexpected things can happen—things such as 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 such as 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, Is it really better to be safe than sorry?

Read: (2nd time) September 20, 2012

I seem to be on a Sarah Dessen roll. I read Lock and Key yesterday and I had this sudden urge to re-read the other novels shes written. I remember reading TTAF (for short) a couple of years ago and I also remember liking it. Now that I read it again, I think I like it even more.

It is a typical story of a sheltered kid who tries her hardest to fit the role her mother has assigned her to- perfect grades, extra-curricular activities that would boost her college applications, safe boyfriend- while trying to cope with her father’s death. At first she does everything without question, but when she meets the members of Wish Catering, her views start to change and she starts to care more about how she feels rather than how she’s supposed to feel.

Of course there’s a boy involved. Jason (her boyfriend) is no match to Wes. Wes, who’s had a bad record, went to reform school, who is now an artist/sculptor and not to mention super sa-woon-worthy. One of the things I liked about the story was how Wes and Macy handled the whole situation. (Spoiler!) No cheating happened.

My favorite character isn’t Macy (the lead), but her sister, Caroline. If Macy is subdued, quiet and always striving to be perfect, Caroline is consistently being herself. She may be the outgoing, talkative and impulsive type, but all the things she said made sense. More importantly, she cut through the bullshit and was direct to the point. I don’t like characters who dilly-dally, I don’t like reading about hesitation.

Then again, this is a first world problem kind of book. The short of it is, Macy’s dad died and she hasn’t found a way to handle her grief. She conveniently finds herself thrust into a new situation with new people (and a hot boy) who help her find her real self and deal with her father’s death in the process. Her mom sort of starts to understand her in the end and learns to loosen up, and she ends up with the amazingly talented and good-looking (it was repeated a number of times in the book!) boy who turns out to be smart, too. Its the kind of book that makes you go, awww and then immediately feel bad about your unexciting life after. It is a good summer/travel read. But I kind of am starting to remember why I didn’t find it remarkable when I first read it.

I’m a sucker for feel-good anything. I like it, I dislike it.
2.5 out of 5 stars.

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