Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

 

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Title: The Truth About Forever
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Penguin Group Inc.
Publication Date: May 11, 2004
Stars: 4.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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 question her sheltered life.

Is it really always better to be safe than sorry?

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The Truth About Forever is my second Sarah Dessen book, but I really want to read some more! This one is about surmounting the death of a loved one and the main character learns many lessons throughout the books. Dessen has really mastered the ability to write sadder books while keeping them entertaining and cute.

This book is about a girl dealing with her dad’s death and how she comes out of her shell. Along the way, she finds some new friends and gets herself a job at a catering business, which I absolutely loved. Everyone she works with is so unique in their own way. I don’t think I’ve read a book about catering before, but I would definitely like to read more after reading about how fun it seems in this book!

I really sympathized with Macy in The Truth About Forever. She has been through so much with her dad’s death and her mom has become distant. Macy also deals with a lot of stress since she is stuck working her boyfriend’s job and constantly studying for her SATs. Throughout the book, she learns to follow her heart and that it’s okay to have fun, which is such an important message.

I really admire Sarah Dessen’s ability to write a book that centres around grief, but isn’t entirely depressing. While the book has its sad moments, there are many fun scenes, especially the catering ones, that made me smile. Books like these are so important to read because I think that they can really educate the reader and could be helpful to someone going through the same thing. Though I’ve only read two of Sarah’s books, I can tell that grief is a signature theme in her books.

The Truth About Forever is an inspiring book about overcoming grief and contains a main character who learns many lessons. Sarah Dessen is very skilled at writing books with darker themes while keeping them pretty light and fluffy. I definitely want to read more of her books in the future!

10 thoughts on “Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

  1. Kelly says:

    Wonderful review! You definitely seemed to enjoy this one, and I’m glad to hear it!

    I still haven’t read any Sarah Dessen novels, although I do have a few (Dreamland, Along for the Ride, Lock & Key, What Happened to Goodbye, and Saint Anything)…but this one sounds really deep and meaningful. I’m going to add this to my TBR list and hopefully get to it sometime this winter!

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