Friday, May 20, 2016

Book Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

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? (Summary from Goodreads) 

Macy is still dealing with losing her father as well as being the one who found him when he died. She also feels guilty about his death and not being there, since she was supposed to be running with him that morning but had decided to keep a few extra minutes in bed. Since then she's been trying to make her life perfection, everything organized from her perfect, smart boyfriend, to every hair on her head. She's quit running and focuses only on school. She never gets in trouble or sneaks out of her room like her older sister always did.

But perfect boyfriend goes off to summer camp, and Macy is left with his job at the library where the other girls who work there are annoying snobs who think they're better than everyone else. And then one night Macy meets Delia and her Wish catering crew. They're chaotic, messy, and pretty much everything Macy didn't realize she was missing in her life. Plus there's Wes, gorgeous, artistic, tortured, adorable Wes.

I loved this book. It was a perfect feel good story, with a little sad and a lot of happy. It was the kind of book that makes you want to spend the evening in the back of a pickup by a bonfire, sit at the dock, and hug your family a little tighter. Macy is super relatable, even if you don't like to run or haven't had someone close to you die. Most people have found themselves trying to be perfect. Or maybe you've found that you're trying to make everyone else happy and have forgotten how to make yourself happy. And though Macy's mother seems like an evil stick-in-the-mud, you realize that she's just grieving too in her own way.

My favorite part of the story is Wes and Macy's game of Truth. Little by little they learn more about each other and are able to share things that they never would have shared with others. What a great (and healthy) way to build a relationship.

 I loved all the characters and will definitely make this one a re-read in my future!

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