Tis time again for Pages of Bookish Love, where Alexa & I (The Bookish Brunette) each pick a book for the other and review it on their site!
The Truth About Forever
by Sarah Dessen
Published: 5/11/2004 by Penguin Group Inc.
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 wonder, Is it really better to be safe than sorry?
The Bookish Brunette thought:
I had a lot of reservations going into The Truth About Forever… I know right? This was my very first Dessen book!! *gasp* But all my fears were quickly put to rest when I was COMPLETELY engrossed in Macy Queen’s story by page four or so. No seriously. I totally was.
Macy is the girl who watched her dad die… *tears* Jason “saved” her by being crazy perfect, OCD organized and Einstein smart… She sort of built her life back up – AROUND him and his life. Then he leaves for some camp for super geniuses and Macy is completely lost.
Macy is helping her mother with an open house the night she meets Wes and his crazy awesome family, who are catering the event.
“We parted our hair cleanly and stood up straight, greeting company – and the world – with smiles we practiced in the quiet of our now too big dream house full of mirrors that showed the smiles back. But under it all, our grief remained.”
Then Jason breaks up with her over an EMAIL and suddenly Macy’s as lost as she ever was. Macy finds herself following the WISH catering van and working right alongside them for the summer. Which was the best possible thing to ever happen to her!
Macy, Wes, Delia, Kristy, Bert and Monica totally stole my heart… and broke it. I laughed out loud, spilled tears of sadness, happiness and pretty much every emotion in between while reading The Truth About Forever.
Alexa picked out another EPIC win for me… *sigh* I think she’s beating me in the recommendation books… And now I’m a total fangirl for all things Dessen!!