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The Truth About Forever af Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever (original 2004; udgave 2006)

af Sarah Dessen

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The summer following her father's death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.
Titel:The Truth About Forever
Forfattere:Sarah Dessen
Info:Speak (2006), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 400 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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The Truth About Forever af Sarah Dessen (2004)

  1. 10
    Along for the Ride af Sarah Dessen (f_ing_kangaroo, avid_reader25)
  2. 11
    Catalyst af Laurie Halse Anderson (writemeg)
    writemeg: Another incredible book examining the loss of a parent, and the "catalysts" that propel us to wade through our grief -- and emerge on the other side.

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This book had some very complex themes riding underneath the cute romantic tendencies of a contemporary read. I don't know what it is about me, but I always feel slightly nervous to read a contemporary because I tell myself that I don't like "love" stories. This, however, was so much more and I'm happy that I read it. This was the first Sarah Dessen book I have read and even though it took me a while to read (it's the end of the school year and its been hectic in the teacher world) I still really liked this book.

All the characters felt so real and all the emotions felt incredibly real as well. Delia's business and idiosyncrasies had me smiling to myself (it takes a lot to truly make me laugh out loud). Wes' character was "sa-woon" worthy while his brother Bert was such an oddball that you couldn't help but love them both him. Kristy and Miranda's sisterly relationship was something that I didn't quite understand (I would have liked for the author to explore Miranda a bit more so we could "figure her out") but this might be because I don't have sisters and seem able to understand boys a little better. The main character Macy was complex and I liked seeing her progression and healing throughout the story. I wanted to shake her mom at times, but the growth and healing nature of this book was wonderful.

This didn't quite get 5 full stars from me though. I felt slightly annoyed that Macy (who is going to be a junior in high school) and the other characters mentioned (who all happen to be right around the same age (Wes was the oldest and I believe was a senior) happened to go to parties with alcohol at them quite often over the summer that this story was told. I'm not saying that partying was at all a focus of the story, but after working for Delia, they would go to a party where others were drinking beer, sometimes out in the middle of nowhere with a fire and sometimes at someone's house. I just don't think that's how things are. Granted, in high school I wasn't part of the group that went to parties and drank, but that part felt unrealistic and I think sent a message that wasn't necessary. Dessen could have had Macy and her friends having realistically the same conversations and have virtually the same plot without needing the characters to go to parties where there is alcohol when they are still in high school. (Sorry I'll get down off my teacher platform now.)

But all in all, this story was adorably cute and I think this was a great introduction to Sarah Dessen for me. I definitely plan to read more of her books in the future. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
1 Tragic Parent's Death (Off-page and prior to start)
2 Demanding Summer Jobs (+1/2 helping with real estate subdivision work)
3 New Friends
2 Love Interests
1 Amazing Artist
Several Near-Disasters in Catering ( )
  Caramellunacy | Mar 10, 2021 |
Sixteen-year-old Macy (like the store) is planning on having a quiet, boring summer. Still dealing with her father’s recent death, worrying about her workaholic mother, and being separated from her academically focused boyfriend, Macy doesn’t expect to get recruited into and hired by a chaotic catering company run by a very pregnant woman named Delia. Still, maybe a little chaos is what she needs to break up her monotonous summer. The Wish Catering crew, including Monica, Kristy, Bert, and Wes, bring energy and enthusiasm to Macy’s life, something which she has kept away from since the death of her father. Macy’s married sister, Caroline, also has big plans for the summer, which includes fixing up the family’s old beach house and spending a week together as a family — something which their mother is adamantly against.

I found the characters in this novel to be rather uninteresting. Though Dessen tries to imbue them with quirky personalities and idiosyncrasies, I did not feel any particular attachment to them. Perhaps it’s the bad rap that librarians and working the library gets. I appreciate that the novel addresses the issue of grief, and the different ways that people deal with loss — Macy by putting up a front of strength, Caroline by emotional outpouring, their mother by throwing herself into her work. Fans of Dessen will likely enjoy this one, but some of her other works are better written. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Macy is struggling with guilt after father passes away and is trying to compensate by being as perfect as she can. One way she does that is by dating Jason, the “perfect” guy: a straight-A student who works at the library in his free time and is spending his summer at brain camp. When Macy sends him an email while he’s off at camp with some form of the phrase I love you, Jason responds by telling her she isn’t focused enough on her work and says they should take a break from the relationship for the duration of the summer.
Macy’s then left on her own to try and survive the summer, and this leads to a job at Wish Catering, where we meet her friends Kristy, Wes, Monica, and Bert. These four help Macy begin to find herself again and re-learn her definition of happiness. Kristy is quirky and outgoing and quickly becomes the friend that Macy has needed, way more than the perfect (and emotionless) Jason. Kristy’s sister Monica is known for her one-word responses and lack of emotion but plays a role in her own way. Bert is eccentric, buying a used, junk ambulance as his form of transportation and believing that the world could come to an end at any time. Even Delia, Macy’s boss, plays a role in Macy’s growth, giving her a safe space and advice that really hits home when it’s needed.

Wes is kind and artistic, and it quickly becomes obvious that he and Macy could be more than friends. One of the things that I love the most about this relationship is that it is built on trust (quite literally) and their shared experiences from each having lost a parent. Whenever they end up alone, Macy and Wes play a game called “Truth,” where they get to ask the other a question that has to be answered truthfully or they lose if the other answers. This foundation of honesty and trust between them not only makes for some great scenes between the two of them but also sets a good example for readers. Wes is the kind of guy that almost every girl would love to have in real life. ( )
  deaflower | Oct 16, 2020 |
This review is also featured on Behind the Pages: The Truth About Forever

After the death of her father, Macy retreated into studies and work, building a shell to hide behind to deal with his death. Similarly, her mother began to pick up more projects and refused to talk about what happened the day he died. But things are about to change this Summer. Macy makes the last-minute decision to work for the catering company Wish. Instead of meticulous schedules and predictable outcomes, working for Wish is chaotic and a bit...fun. Meeting new friends and breaking free of the shell she built for herself, Macy is going to realize that it is ok to let go and just be herself.

The Truth About Forever has a slow start. Sarah Dessen focused on building up Macy’s relationship with her father to establish an emotional impact on his death, but this could have been done in fewer words. It took too long to reach the main storyline. Macy has enough lingering guilt and flashbacks of her father’s death to make the reader understand her perspective without the extra at the beginning of the story.

Macy is not a strong female lead. She has a lot of development to accomplish in this novel, and it is a struggle the entire way for her to grow. There were quite a few moments where she let people walk over her and this didn’t sit well with me. However, I do understand that this was the character and the emotions I felt over her choices were most likely the ones Sarah Dessen was aiming for.

The story was pretty linear, nothing that was too unpredictable. I thought the characters were believable and the situations they were in realistic, but the ending left too much out in the open. I didn’t feel like it came full circle and there was no sense of closure. Not a book I would read again. ( )
  Letora | Sep 8, 2020 |
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