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The Truth About Forever July 18, 2007

Posted by batduck in Books.

posted Wed, 07/18/07

The Truth About Forever

Sarah Dessen

Date: April 6, 2006   —   $7.99   —   Book

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(I had a hard time rating this one, but I stand by my four star rating keeping in mind the audience the book was written for.)




With her sixth novel, award-winning author Sarah Dessen offers up another generous helping of finely crafted storytelling about real teens dealing with real life. In The Truth About Forever, when asked how she is coping with her father’s death, invariably seventeen year old Macy Queen’s answer is “fine,” when nothing could be further from the truth. In actuality, she is drowning in grief while maintaining a flawless façade of good grades and unblemished behavior. Though she feels lost when her boyfriend heads to “Brain Camp” for the summer, she finds herself a job with the quirky Wish Catering crew, and meets “sa-woon”-worthy Wes, whose chaotic lifestyle is in direct opposition to her own. As the two share their stories over the summer, Macy realizes she can no longer keep her feelings on ice. Though it feels like her future ended with her dad’s death, Macy’s learns that forever is all about beginnings. Dessen charts Macy’s navigation of grief in such an honest way it will touch every reader who meets her. All of the Dessen trademarks are here: a girl in transition, a wonderfully fleshed out cast of secondary characters, and of course, the luminous, powerful writing itself. The Truth About Forever will more than satisfy Dessen’s legion of fans, and will win her countless more as well. Highly recommended. (Ages 12 and up) –Jennifer Hubert –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review from Batty’s Wife

Though written for young adults, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have a bunch of books in my office from the lovely lady that shares them with me. There were also quite a few there from her daughter. Not wanting anything heavy like the Grishams and such that were there, I decided to pick up this one, assured it would be a silly and quick read. Well it was a quick read but not silly. Although considerably older than Macy I related to her throughout the book as she dealt with the loss of her father. I even got misty eyed in parts as I thought of myself in that same situation missing my mom like crazy.

I wouldn’t recommend this book to just about any one. It is, after all, for young adults, but it was just what I needed, fluffy enough to be quick but not mind numbing. Any of you out there with kids 12 and older (as apparently that’s what its recommended for) might want to give it a shot for your kid though!



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