The Truth About Forever Review


The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Synopsis: 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?

About the Author: Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold more than seven million copies. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit her online at

Genre: young adult, contemporary, romance, fiction

More Info: paperback, 400 pages, published by Speak (reprint) on April 6, 2006



I read The Truth About Forever for Aentee’s (Read at Midnight and @readatmidnight) #ReadThemAllThonHere is my TBR pile for this reading challenge. I was reading this to achieve the Fuchsia City: Soul Badge – read a book with an epic romance. After I finished Saint Anything, I knew I wanted to read more of Sarah Dessen’s books. For this challenge, I chose the most popular of all her novels. The romance may not have been “epic,” but it was real. Here is my current trainer’s card, updated to the point that this review is published (9/2/16 at 10:00):


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YES: Sarah Dessen.

Macy Queens is always trying to be perfect. After watching her father die right before her eyes, being perfect is what she believes is expected of her. After her rebellious sister, in the face of her model boyfriend, and to the expectations of her mother, Macy simply goes through the motions of an ideal teenager. To avoid the pity, the stares, she has to be “fine.”

But no teen should have to be flawless. Being young is a time to make mistakes. It is a time to experience the world and all it has to offer, including love and heartbreak. Macy starts with the heartbreak. After being with her boyfriend for almost 2 years, when he goes away to Brain Camp he decides they need to take a break. On top of that, the girls at her temporary library job are rude to her. So when she is introduced to the chaos that is Wish Catering, she want to join in and let life take her for a ride.

With a new job and new friends, her break with Jason no longer hangs over her head. She becomes more acquainted with the vibrant Kristy, pessimistic Bert, artsy Wes, quiet Monica, and pregnant Delia. Her sister comes back and tries to bring back the past by redoing their beach house. Her love for Wes slowly grows, despite her own obliviousness to her situation. She must figure out if he feels the same way, after their many deep talks, and decide if she wants to take the plunge.

I could relate to Macy so much! Dessen is absolutely brilliant at creating compelling characters that can resonate with their audience. I always try to meet the expectations of others and myself. I have high standards for myself. My family dynamic, however, is quite different. In that respect, Macy and I differed causing a gap in my understanding of her life. Dessen counters the unfamiliarity by introducing common fights and problems between her characters.

Perfection is not attainable. That is something that we all have to come to terms with at some point in our lives. As a perfectionist, this is something that I have a hard time with. This book has shown me that I need to live more, worry less. I only hope to achieve happiness and spontaneity.

The Truth About Forever is so thought-provoking. Dessen’s writing is perfectly balanced. Her characters are flawed and real. The problems they face are everyday issues that speak to one’s self. This is one of her most popular books; it is a fan favorite.

The price is right! Buy this book.

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