I’m going back and rereading some favorite Sarah Dessen books to prepare for the release of her new book, Once and For All (which I loved btw). The Truth About Forever was one of my absolute favorite books in high school, so I posted a recap from my reread below! And see the bottom of the post for an awesome giveaway.
- Page Count: 374
- Release Date: May 11, 2004
- My Rating: 5 stars
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?
This was one of my favorite books in high school and still stands out as one of the first true YA books I ever found.
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 his summer at Brain Camp), but is actually seriously boring in person. Macy takes over his job at the library info desk for the summer and focuses on SAT prep… which is all very thrilling. But when she complains to her boyfriend that her coworkers aren’t very nice, he suggests they take a break in their relationship because Macy isn’t taking her job seriously. He was super controlling, frustrating, and so logical he was almost robotic.
So enter the awesome characters: Delia and her catering crew of Wes, Bert, Monica, and Kristy. They’re working an event at Macy’s house and end up offering her a job when she steps in to help them. She initially refuses, but then accepts and gets swept up in this eclectic new family she’s found. They drive an ambulance around as a car and all have such strong personalities. I loved this crew so much in high school that I went out and catered a few events, no joke.
Throughout the story these new friends help Macy drop her “perfect” facade, relax more with the unknown in life, and start to really be herself. Wes is my favorite Dessen guy for sure (no wait maybe he’s tied with Owen). He’s wonderful but not too perfect… he’s super loyal, supportive, kind of quiet, has a past that’s hanging over him, welds awesome metal sculptures, and really sees people. He and Macy have an ongoing question game that’s all sorts of adorable. The romance kind of took a backseat to the main story, but I really liked that in this case. Everything worked. The story is ultimately a journey of healing as the characters all deal with grief in different ways. I thought it was super touching and really well done overall.
And I loved Macy’s friendship with Kristy so much!! Kristy is super confident and totally owns the huge scar across her face. She’s just an awesome character all around and their strong friendship was so fun to see.
The whole story has this really peaceful, contemplative tone that for whatever reason really reminded me of a sunrise in high school. I don’t know… like a new day was slowly creeping across the horizon? (I was all sorts of melodramatic). But my top two Dessen recommendations will always be this book and Just Listen!
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