The Truth About Forever is a captivating young adult novel about moving on from New York Times Number One bestseller Sarah Dessen, author of What Happened to Goodbye and Lock and Key, Sarah Dessen.
On the outside, Macy Queen is cool and calm. On the inside, she's breaking.
Silently struggling with her dad's death, and spending the summer apart from her oh-so-perfect boyfriend, Macy is smiling her way through - she's 'fine'. It's only when she meets a group of new friends - and artistic, sexy Wes catches her eye - that she realizes she can wear her heart on her sleeve sometimes. Because life doesn't stop when someone disappears - and even though she's lost so much, can Macy see what she has to gain?
'A compelling story beautifully written' - Time Out
'A poignant coming-of-age story' - Big Issue
Sarah Dessen is the author of six stunning teen novels: Just Listen, Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, That Summer and What Happened to Goodbye. She lives in the countryside in North Carolina with her daughter, husband, some lizards and two very spoilt dogs - read her once and fall in love.
- ISBN10 0141322926
- ISBN13 9780141322926
- Publish Date 1 May 2008 (first published 11 May 2004)
- Publish Status Active
- Publish Country GB
- Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
- Format Paperback (B-Format (198x129 mm))
- Pages 400
- Language English
The MC, Macy's life, was upended when her father died suddenly. She stopped doing things and going to places she loved, because they reminded her of her father. Macy then assumed this new guise as the perfect daughter and perfect girlfriend. It all changed when Wish came into her life. The staff of Wish, also, upended her life, but in a most positive way. They taught her to embrace the chaos, that is part of life, and to ride the crests and troughs the ocean of life brings your way. With their help, she was healing, and beginning to live again. So many life lessons in this book, and they play out in a most enjoyable way.
I would be remiss, if I did not dedicate some time to Wes. Yes, Dessen gave us a most "extraordinary" bad boy. He is another member of the Wish crew, who is definitely a catalyst for the changes Macy experiences that summer. I loved the scenes between him and Macy. They were very fun, sweet, and heartfelt. I also loved Kristy. Kristy was dealt a tough hand, but she continued to make the best of her situation, and live her life to the fullest. Sometimes you need perspective like that to appreciate what you have.
It's all in there: love, loss, beginnings, endings, but what resonated with my the most, was this idea of living in the now. I feel like we lose sight of that with all our planning, photographing, looking behind, and looking ahead. Sometimes you need to be reminded that, “the truth about forever is that it is happening right now”.
As for Wes, he's my favorite Dessen guy. He's understanding, cute, funny, and by no means perfect. He makes mistakes, but that's what makes his realistic and that's why I like him! I loved their relationship; it felt extremely real and sweet. It was interesting to watch how Wes broke down Macy's walls and readers will love him for that.