- By Sarah Dessen

The Truth about Forever

  • Title: The Truth about Forever
  • Author: Sarah Dessen
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Truth about Forever There are alternate cover editions for this ISBN here and here A long hot summerThat s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend Jason is away at Brain Camp Days will be spent at a borin

    There are alternate cover editions for this ISBN here and here.A long, hot summerThat 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 atThere are alternate cover editions for this ISBN here and here.A long, hot summerThat 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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    1. I never, ever would have read Sarah Dessen if it weren't for my GoodReads friends. I'm not much on chick lit and I only occasionally come across realistic YA fiction that I truly enjoy, so I was extremely wary of what lay behind those pretty book covers, even though most of the reviews were positively gushing.I fell for this book really hard, really fast, however. I expected a light, hopefully somewhat amusing read but what I got instead was a quiet, deep story that I absolutely loved reading fr [...]

    2. First thoughts:I might need to change my rating system for this book to be given only 5 stars Also i need some time to sort out my feelings (between both overwhelming joy and sadness) and come up with a proper review, because i have lots of "wow"s in my mind right now, but i fear that it might not be enough to express how beautiful this book really is.This story really touched a soft spot in my heart."It's all in the view. That's what I mean about forever, too. For any one of us our forever coul [...]

    3. I thank this book for giving me an important insight on what could be going on in the mind of a 16-year old girl in today's world.You see, I am a father of a girl of that same age. The age of the Macy, the narrator-main protagonist of this book. My daughter is my only child. For the past 16 years, I have been trying to be a good father. But what is a good father? Since there is no school in good parenting, most of my styles come from what I thought were the good points my father showed me or wha [...]

    4. This was one of my favorite books in early high school and still stands out as one of the first true YA books I ever found. I'm doing this book for Penguin's #ReadADessen blog tour right now and am all sorts of nostalgic. Macy's still trying to recover from her father's sudden death that she witnessed over a year ago. She's tried to make herself as perfect as possible so life can be safe and predictable, but she still feels inadequate. Her boyfriend looks ideal on paper (super smart and spending [...]

    5. I'd tried to hold myself apart, showing only what I wanted, doling out bits and pieces of who I was. But that only works for so long. Eventually, even the smallest fragments can't help but make a whole.Now that I finally have some time to put together a little bit of a coherent review, I'm excited to give a little more explanation to my thoughts. I've been seeing this author on the shelves of every big bookstore for years and never gave her a second look. And while I think that there was somethi [...]

    6. 4 Stars! What a sweet and lovely story! This was my first book by Miss Dessen, and will not likely be my last. The writing is engaging and effortless--and the way the author realistically tackles grief is encouraging. Macy is a teen who strives for the impossible--perfection. Her father's sudden death has impaired her relationship with her mother, to whom she barely speaks. Her 'braniac', emotionless boyfriend who possesses the personality of a twig leaves her for summer campen she meets Wes an [...]

    7. I hadn't even heard of Sarah Dessen until I came across this book on my frend Mahyars read shelf. I noticed the 5 stars and as we share a liking for certain types of books thought I'd investigate this author further. It didn't take much persuading, 1st person POV, heavy on the emotion, I was definately up for it. And I wasn't disappointed! Oh no this book has to be one of my all time favourites. I'm not going to give a re-tell of the story because other reviewers have done that,but what I will d [...]

    8. “For any one of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now. You can never know for sure, so you’d better make every second count.”High Points.Not a wizard/mind-reader/necromancer/vampire/werewolf/Cornish Piskie (I feel there is lack of Cornish Piskies in YA novelsybe I'll remedy that soon)/zombie in sight. HURRAH. Outstanding supporting cast. Food (seriously, I put on about five stone just reading this book). Best friends. Good grief and real emotions. Being the perso [...]

    9. Original post One More PageI've been trying to think of the best way to review this book, because I feel like the first review I wrote for The Truth About Forever did not do it any justice. The thing is, I don't know how to write a proper review for this book without squealing or "sa-woon"-ing so much. Because believe me, I know I did that so many times when I was rereading this book.But let me try again. Sarah Dessen's The Truth About Forever is one of my favorite books of all time. It's not my [...]

    10. This is a story of a young lady,MACY QUEEN, who is struggling to find herself for almost one year and a half now,after her father's sudden death,which she hasn't really grieved yet,and somehow blamed herself for that's why she never talk to anyone about her real emotions.t even to her mother or her sister. To hide her emotions,she tried to be a perfect person for her mother (who never talk much and lacks affection because like her,her mother also shields her grief by keeping herself busy) and fo [...]

    11. No one could tell you: you just had to go through it on your own. If you were lucky, you came out on the other side and understood. If you didn't, you kept getting thrust back, retracing those steps, until you finally got it right.The Truth About Forever is one of the few YA books I loved. The story is captivating, so touching and so real. Engaging writing style, loveable characters, and Wes who is just the most perfect fictional boyfriend ever. Aww, I wish he was real…I finally felt I was on [...]

    12. I tried to give Sarah Dessen another chance. Unfortunately it did not work out. This is the type of contemporary I shy away from -really, really slow build up of romance and lots of real life issues (for this reason I steer clear from some of the hugely famous contemporaries with cancer, etc.). A lot of people love this kind of thing but I guess I am just not the right reader. I choose books as an escape and when I read about realistic characters & horrible events in a contemporary setting i [...]

    13. This is my favorite book in the whole wide world forever and ever. Reviewing it would kill the magic. Just read it, please. That's all I can say. Now, now, now!

    14. sa-woon!I am definitely a fan of Wes and Macy's! If Dessen keeps leaving me with this oh happy, happy feeling then I am well on my way to adding her to my list of favorite YA contemporary authors. What is it with these authors and their formulae? The very fact that there is a pattern followed should put me off. I mean, there can only be just so many ways to tell the same story, right? But, see, I am not put off, because with each book they offer up I find myself drawn in: There's John Green with [...]

    15. 4 stars"That was the thing. You just never knew. Forever was so many different things. It was always changing, it was what everything was really all about. It was twenty minutes, or a hundred years, or just this instant, or any instant I wished would last and last. But there was only one truth about forever that really mattered, and that was this: it was happening."This was my first Sarah Dessen book and it was just what I needed after the craziness of ACoMaF.This book is about Macy, a girl who [...]

    16. Excerpt: "You should have seen your face," she said, her breath hot in my ear. "Sa-woooon."I think this was the first book I read of Sarah Dessen and that made me love her forever. Enough said.

    17. Wes was cute and all and I enjoyed their interactions. All the rest of the characters in the catering business felt real and were fun to read about but I WAS SO FRUSTRATED BY MACY (the narrator) THIS ENTIRE BOOK. It really took away from my enjoyment of the story.

    18. what you're guaranteed with a sarah dessen book: a female protagonist experiencing a Realization About Life; a cute and/or boring romance; a teenage male love interest who isn't really anything to write home about unless you squint and optimist the sh*t out of it; at least one solid friendship; p good dialogue.but what you can also get with sarah dessen: mind-numbing familial drama; constant truisms; liberal amounts of girl hate/slut shaming/not like other girls-ness; flat characters; a deus ex [...]

    19. Super sweet and very endearing. I loved it. I liked how the relationships developed and grew. The chaos was hilarious and the characters were great.

    20. I just LOVED this book! I really love the metaphors and the similie's so great! Oh and your gonna blow when you hear this! The main characters LOVE waffles! See, see what did I tell you Queso EVERYBODY love's waffles! Excerpt:"Now, see," Wes said, nodding at my plate, "this is going to blow your mind." I looked at him. "It's a waffle, not the second coming." "Dont be so sure. You haven't tasted it yet."I spread some butter on my waffle, then doused it with syrup before cutting off a small bite. [...]

    21. I know, I know, you might be thinking, PINKY WHAT HAPPENED? WHERE WERE YOU, YOU HAVEN'T BEEN ON HERE FOR A WEEK! But I'll explain why and I am going to rant a lot so I apologize in advance. :) Before I start this review, I want to talk to you about something, and I want to know what you think about this.I want to talk to you about: For the past few days, I have been loaded up with homework. Most of the homework is assignments but we get a long period of time to work on them. For example, one of [...]

    22. The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen, is my favorite book by this author thus far. I’ve become a fan of Dessen’s stories, and I feel she knocked it out of the ball park with this book. Her main characters are extremely likeable and easy to associate with and the plot is captivating and well developed. This is such a great story that starts, develops and ends the way it should. My fave Dessen book by far.Macy Queen has a strained relationship with her mother after the sudden death of her [...]

    23. This book was so beautiful and heartfelt and beautiful and I can't even handle it!! It's a quiet, deep, tender and warm story about the main character dealing with grief, how that affected her life and how she's trying to hold it together for her family. It's about her self discovery and first love.I love how Sarah Dessen was able to showcase different ways of people dealing with grief and what their choices were. How important it is to have people in our lives who can bring something more out o [...]

    24. I had previously rated this a much higher rating, but now, looking back on it, it really does feel like another Sarah Dessen book, and it doesn't seem memorable enough for a five star. It was definitely fluffy (most Dessen books are) but that was about it.

    25. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time and finally got around to getting a copy and sitting down and doing it. Believe it of not my first Sarah Dessen novel was Just Listen. Sarah who? I know I was hiding in a rock underneath six maybe seven feet of densely packed soil, anywho, after I read Just Listen I was an instant fan. I read some of her earlier work, which was a lot different that her recent novels, but still enjoyable. And everyone I talked to insisted that I had to read Th [...]

    26. I’m a little hesitant to write a less than glowing review, given how beloved Dessen’s novels are, but I just don’t think this is an author for me. That’s not to say Dessen isn’t a good writer – I finished The Truth About Forever in about 4 hours and was compelled to keep reading through to the end. I just found the whole story pretty underwhelming.I should point out contemporary fiction is not something I read a lot of, mainly because I don’t usually find it that interesting – un [...]

    27. For the longest time, whenever someone reviewed one of Sarah Dessen’s books, I had to start my comment with the words “I’ve never actually read anything by her before…” and to be honest, I was getting tired of it. So when an audiobook came my way, I decided to change that once and for all. You all know that contemporary YA makes me uncomfortable at times, even when it’s not about something I can easily relate to. To make matters worse, The Truth About Forever hit too close to home, b [...]

    28. “For any one of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now. You never know for sure, so you'd better make every second count.”My first and still favourite Sarah Dessen novel. I loved everything about it: Macy, Wes (oh Wes), and everybody of the Wish Catering crew. The plot was cute and exciting and even though it is easily predictable (I mean, that's why we read these kind of books), it was simply perfect.Find more of my books on Instagram

    29. Re-read 2011Okay so, I just had to do a re-read and oh my God do I love this book! Definitely my favorite by Dessen!For me, The Truth About Forever just has it all. An emotional and heartwarming story, a main character whom I could easily relate to and whom I absolutely adore, loveable secondary characters and a male love interest who’s just simply to die for.I don’t know how she does it but Dessen’s characters always feel so real to me and in my opinion TTAF has the best secondary charact [...]

    30. In typical Sarah Dessen "one girl, one mysterious and awesome boy, one summer" style, this book charts Macy Queen's summer as she and her family attempt to go through the grieving process after losing their father and she tries to figure out what makes her happy. On a whim, Macy starts working at a catering company and she meets a great cast of supporting characters there, including Wes--a sculpted, former juvenile delinquent who is also endearing, hot,a runner, an artist and DING DING DING, you [...]

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