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A New York Times bestseller
 
Expect the unexpected.
 
Macy’s got her whole summer carefully planned.
 
But her plans didn’t include a job at Wish Catering. And they certainly didn’t include Wes.
 
But Macy soon discovers that the things you expect least are sometimes the things you need most.
 
“Dessen gracefully balances comedy with tragedy and introduces a complex heroine worth getting to know.” —Publishers Weekly
 
Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Dreamland
Just Listen
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
That Summer
This Lullaby
What Happened to Goodbye
Published: Penguin Group on Apr 6, 2006
ISBN: 9781440638503
List price: $9.99
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I at first didn’t like the book the truth about forever by Sarah Dessen because of the way it was written. It is structured like a typical teenaged story; a girl or guy has a problem, they meet up with someone of the opposite sex that makes them change, their parents hate it, and eventually the guy and girl fall in love. I’m getting annoyed of those stories, but this one was written differently which made me like it. This book was a refreshing change and I couldn’t put it down; I love to read so that basically means that the books has caught my complete and total attention and I wouldn’t do anything else until I finished it.Sarah Dessen is described by New York Times as a Best-Selling Author, and I agree with them. Although this story follows a basic teenaged story structure, it caught my attention. The main character is a female named Macy and she annoyed me because of the way she (at first) dealt with her problems with her boyfriend. I’ve always hated it when all people did was complain about their relationship. Anyway, Macy eventually grows as a character because she is able to accept new friends in the after math of her broken relationship. Unlike most teenagers in books where they are depressed are described as locking themselves in their bedrooms or think only about their partner, she is able to live normally during a challenging like a break up. This made me like her character because I like teenagers in books who are able to continue to move on after some as heart wrenching as a break up can be.The main theme of this book is family. Macy’s family is described as what a family in a teenage book would be; broken and messed up. Usually the mother in books or movies has passed away but this time it’s the father. Of course a death would affect a teenager to act differently; they might start to rebel or become very quiet. Strangely enough, Macy doesn’t change much after his death but I’ll leave it at that. Her family is consisted of her married older sister Caroline and her workaholic mother. There were many ways that Dessen could have taken this family but I liked the way she took it. It was a refreshing change and it turned out a lot better than I thought it was going to be.This book is told in 1st person narrative, in the eyes of Macy. I prefer to read books in third person because you can see how the character changes/ grows and how they interact with other people their age. You can get a clear view of their personality judging by the thoughts that run through their minds in everyday situations. This helps in your decision of whether or not you will ultimately like/dislike the character or even the book itself. The character’s actions describe the book and affect the reader.read more
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Macy Queen is fine. Just fine. She's been fine ever since her dad died the day after Christmas as she looked on. Ever since she and her mom ordered and organized grief out of their lives in favor of silent and predictable days, she has been fine. Ever since Macy started dating Jason, a brainiac who seems to know all the answers but is a little lacking in the love department, she has been fine. As she sinks into another long summer at home, taking over Jason's job at the library info desk while he heads off to "Brain Camp," Macy is determined to be fine even though her co-workers treat her as something less than human, her mother has entirely lost herself in a townhouse project at work, and her dead father's obsession with infomercial inventions continues to haunt her. Alas, when she makes the mistake of professing her love to Jason via e-mail and not taking her library job seriously enough, Jason declares a break for their relationship. That's when Macy takes up with the chaotic but full of heart Wish catering crew and everything starts to change, most of all Macy herself. As the summer wears on, her friends from Wish teach Macy how to start living life again, and handsome, artistic Wes who seems to understand her in ways she could never have imagined has a lot to teach her about love.The Truth About Forever is an excellent book which is targeted at a young adult audience but can be appreciated by anyone looking for a great story populated with entirely lovable, believable characters. Macy is an incredibly realistic teen narrator, someone who, while not a social outcast, is struggling with many problems and laboring under the weight of the facade she relies on to get through the day. It's impossible not to root for her, wishing that she'd dump her terrible library job not to mention Jason whose loveless cerebral approach to their relationship and total lack of emotional warmth make readers loath him as much Macy loves him. Each of the members of the Wish crew is a fully fleshed out character and each has a part to play in Macy's story. What's best about this book, though, is Dessen's grasp on Macy's many conflicting emotions and her brilliant ability to pace events just right, so that we can really feel the emotional punch her story is packing. If you're anything like me, this is not a book that you'll want to read too much of in public. I found myself crying repeatedly as Macy finally finds the understanding she's been looking for, works through the grief she had bottled inside, and learns that real friends don't want an act, they want her.read more
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Dessen's awesome, finding the story in the routine "tragedy" of universal experiences yet again, this one being repressed grieving and the lie of pursuing perfectionism in the lives of a daughter and her mom.read more
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I at first didn’t like the book the truth about forever by Sarah Dessen because of the way it was written. It is structured like a typical teenaged story; a girl or guy has a problem, they meet up with someone of the opposite sex that makes them change, their parents hate it, and eventually the guy and girl fall in love. I’m getting annoyed of those stories, but this one was written differently which made me like it. This book was a refreshing change and I couldn’t put it down; I love to read so that basically means that the books has caught my complete and total attention and I wouldn’t do anything else until I finished it.Sarah Dessen is described by New York Times as a Best-Selling Author, and I agree with them. Although this story follows a basic teenaged story structure, it caught my attention. The main character is a female named Macy and she annoyed me because of the way she (at first) dealt with her problems with her boyfriend. I’ve always hated it when all people did was complain about their relationship. Anyway, Macy eventually grows as a character because she is able to accept new friends in the after math of her broken relationship. Unlike most teenagers in books where they are depressed are described as locking themselves in their bedrooms or think only about their partner, she is able to live normally during a challenging like a break up. This made me like her character because I like teenagers in books who are able to continue to move on after some as heart wrenching as a break up can be.The main theme of this book is family. Macy’s family is described as what a family in a teenage book would be; broken and messed up. Usually the mother in books or movies has passed away but this time it’s the father. Of course a death would affect a teenager to act differently; they might start to rebel or become very quiet. Strangely enough, Macy doesn’t change much after his death but I’ll leave it at that. Her family is consisted of her married older sister Caroline and her workaholic mother. There were many ways that Dessen could have taken this family but I liked the way she took it. It was a refreshing change and it turned out a lot better than I thought it was going to be.This book is told in 1st person narrative, in the eyes of Macy. I prefer to read books in third person because you can see how the character changes/ grows and how they interact with other people their age. You can get a clear view of their personality judging by the thoughts that run through their minds in everyday situations. This helps in your decision of whether or not you will ultimately like/dislike the character or even the book itself. The character’s actions describe the book and affect the reader.
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Macy Queen is fine. Just fine. She's been fine ever since her dad died the day after Christmas as she looked on. Ever since she and her mom ordered and organized grief out of their lives in favor of silent and predictable days, she has been fine. Ever since Macy started dating Jason, a brainiac who seems to know all the answers but is a little lacking in the love department, she has been fine. As she sinks into another long summer at home, taking over Jason's job at the library info desk while he heads off to "Brain Camp," Macy is determined to be fine even though her co-workers treat her as something less than human, her mother has entirely lost herself in a townhouse project at work, and her dead father's obsession with infomercial inventions continues to haunt her. Alas, when she makes the mistake of professing her love to Jason via e-mail and not taking her library job seriously enough, Jason declares a break for their relationship. That's when Macy takes up with the chaotic but full of heart Wish catering crew and everything starts to change, most of all Macy herself. As the summer wears on, her friends from Wish teach Macy how to start living life again, and handsome, artistic Wes who seems to understand her in ways she could never have imagined has a lot to teach her about love.The Truth About Forever is an excellent book which is targeted at a young adult audience but can be appreciated by anyone looking for a great story populated with entirely lovable, believable characters. Macy is an incredibly realistic teen narrator, someone who, while not a social outcast, is struggling with many problems and laboring under the weight of the facade she relies on to get through the day. It's impossible not to root for her, wishing that she'd dump her terrible library job not to mention Jason whose loveless cerebral approach to their relationship and total lack of emotional warmth make readers loath him as much Macy loves him. Each of the members of the Wish crew is a fully fleshed out character and each has a part to play in Macy's story. What's best about this book, though, is Dessen's grasp on Macy's many conflicting emotions and her brilliant ability to pace events just right, so that we can really feel the emotional punch her story is packing. If you're anything like me, this is not a book that you'll want to read too much of in public. I found myself crying repeatedly as Macy finally finds the understanding she's been looking for, works through the grief she had bottled inside, and learns that real friends don't want an act, they want her.
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Dessen's awesome, finding the story in the routine "tragedy" of universal experiences yet again, this one being repressed grieving and the lie of pursuing perfectionism in the lives of a daughter and her mom.
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I really loved this book, I enjoyed the catering part and i think sarah dessen writes very powerful stories
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Awsome book, the writing was fantastic. normaly i don't like this genre of books, but it was not just a romance book. this book talked about some deep stuff.
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“Sometimes it seems safer to hold it all in, where the only person who can judge is yourself.” Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen strives to be perfect. Perfect grades, perfect life, and most importantly, Jason, her perfect boyfriend. However, after the death of her father, nothing has been the same for her family. With her mom always busy working, and her sister now married, Jason is the last thing she has to hold on to.But when Jason goes off to Brain Camp for the summer, she is left alone for a full two months of misery. Her summer will be spent working long hours at the library and all of her free time devoted to studying for the SAT’s. However, she gets away from it all by joining Wish; a chaotic catering crew. She loves her job with her new quirky friends and jumbled catering jobs. But the thing she loves the most about Wish, is artistic Wes, who shows Macy what life should be like and helps her start living.Sarah Dessan has always stunned me with her impeccable writing, and yet again has she come out with an enthralling novel. I love the characters that she creates for her books because she makes them so relate able to her readers. They flow so easily throughout the story; as if you’ve known them all your life. I especially adore the characters of Wes and Macy is this book. Their bond is just priceless, and makes the story that much more interesting to read.One thing I don’t like about this book is that the first couple hundred pages were too drawn out. I relish books that are page turners, and for me, it just wasn’t happening with this one. I felt like too many of the same scenes kept occurring over and over again which made it seem extra lengthy. It look me a long time to get through the book because of this. None the less, I still think this is a excellent novel. I especially enjoy the ending because it was exactly how I intended it to be. This was not exactly my favorite book when I first started reading it, but it started to grow on me as I read more of it and understood the plot and characters more. Wes and Macy are the perfect protagonists for this book, and it’s very easy to fall in love with them.Sarah Dessan sends a powerful message that I think many readers may be able to relate to. Since Macy lost her father, whom she was very close to, she has been trying to be perfect for her mom’s sake; to show her that everything is okay. However, there is no such thing as being perfect; everyone has flaws. Meeting Wes has really changed her life. It just goes to show the effect that some people have on others. He has showed her that there really is no such thing as being perfect, and life is open to making mistakes. It’s a very strong moral, and it carries throughout most of the book.Overall, I have positive feedback towards this novel. The characters and plot are interesting, which makes the reader stick to the book that much more. With the exception of the fact that it’s a little too drawn out, I would recommend this to others. It’s very enticing which I think will appeal to many readers.
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