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The Truth About Forever
The Truth About Forever
Author: Sarah Dessen
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 in...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780142406250
ISBN-10: 0142406252
Publication Date: 4/6/2006
Pages: 400
Edition: Reprint
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 192 ratings
Publisher: Puffin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 5
This story was AMAZING! Even though the book is written for young adults, it has something for everyone to relate to. The loss of someone close to you, the yearn of young love and moving on from those choices that are safe instead of right. I frantically turned the pages of this book to see what was going to happen. I laughed, I cried, I realized the truth about forever.
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Helpful Score: 3
This review is written by a teen:

I am, like I said, a teen. I am an avid reader and love books. I'm not much of one for romance, but I loved this book. This is the second Dessen book I've read (First was Just listen), and it's my favorite. It has very amazing views on life and it's meaning. I liked how it wasn't all sad or all happy. I laughed at some points and almost cried at others. It showed me what a difference little things in life are. The character were well made, and it didn't just drone on. I loved it.
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Helpful Score: 2
The truth about forever is it's happening now. Don't miss it.

That sentiment goes for the book and for life in general. This story centers on Macy Queen, a girl who's lost her father to a heart attack, and about her family and the way that they've all become locked into the denial stage of grief. As always Dessen tells another great story and introduces you to a cast of characters that you enjoy spending time with. While the chaotic catering crew is over the top, they are also fun and believable and just the remedy that Macy needs. While the hole in the driveway is a too-obvious metaphor for the hole in someone's life, and Wes pulling Macy out of it seems a bit heavy handed as far as foreshadowing goes, it works.

While the story is engaging from beginning to end, there was a period where Caroline, Macy's sister and possibly the most together member of the family was also the least interesting, but she turns out quite well in the end.

This story is clearly chick-lit but its not just a typical romance. There are other aspects developed as well and overall the story is compelling and charming and an all around good read.
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Helpful Score: 1
A book from the young adult section without sex is always awesome! It was a nice story. I liked the whole theme of forever throughout the book. It was definitely nice to read how someone deals with loss in different ways, and how different people form relationships with others through their feelings of loss. Good book. there is light language and underage drinking in it.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a wonderful book for teens or young adults!
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Its a book about a teen growing up in one quick summer. Very relatable, brought me down memory lane without bringing down my reading level. Young women or even older should both enjoy this book. I,myself, am 29.
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THIS BOOK IS THE BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ! I read this book over a year ago, now. And I've re-read it about 7 times! A little slow in the begining, but once you meet the Wish catering crew, you can NOT stop reading! And Wes... Well, where do I start?! If you want to describe pretty much the perfect guy in one word it would be: Wes. I would reccomend this book to readers of all ages.
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My Thoughts: Oh how I love thee Sarah Dessen! My first book was Lock and Key! This is my second book I've read by her! I love her writing story and I seem to like the characters alot. We get to know Macy, who thinks she HAS to be perfect but really she does not want to be perfect. She feels guilty about her father passing away. I won't give too many details about that as its told very slowly in the book. But, we get to know her feelings and I felt myself relate to almost everything she felt. I also lost my dad, when I was 13 so I could understand Macy's pain. Macy's boyfriend thinks it would be best if they took a break over the summer while he goes and does his own thing. Except he wants her to take over his old job! She also starts working For Wish Catering and we get to know all the people who work there! Well, she than meets Wes. By the way, this guy is totally swooooonnn worthing! I fell in love with him over the course of the book and now I wish he was real! Are you real out there somewhere Wes? To sum it up, if you haven't read any of Sarah Dessen books, start off with this one, its a good romantic fun read!

Overall: Love Love Love Love this book!