Author: Sarah Dessen
Source: AudioCD on loan from library, Personal Print Copy
Edition: 10 CDs, 374 Pages
Publisher: Penguin Group Inc.
Published Date: May 11th, 2004
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?
Dates Listened/Read: September 04 to 09, 2013
Loved this one. Each of the elements came together at the end perfectly. I wasn’t left with any residual questions which is a biggie for me. The Truth About Forever ended the way you hope a great story will end; positive, the future brighter for your MC, possibilities endless. The story ends and you know the journey you took with the MC was a good one because they are stronger because of their experiences and you as a reader are not concerned that they won’t be okay with you there with them.
Okay I’m being a little too dreamy and doe-eyed, but I seriously LOVED Macy and Wes.
Initially, I was going to stop listening to the CDs especially when we find out about Wes’ mother’s illness. Stories like that always hit a little too close to home and I almost always end up DNF’ing. Well I’m here to say I’m glad I didn’t.
The pacing is very good, there were a few moments where they were going into design details and other moments similar in nature that I didn’t think were necessary.
The characters were wonderful to get to know.
There’s Macy the fearful, always sticks to a schedule, eager to please. Wes the artist with a past. The stoic, perfectionist mother. There is also Wes’ pregnant aunt, head of the catering business and in a constant state of disheveled chaos.
The characters beyond the above four were all important to the story and not boring or carbon copies. The reader is meant to like them and care about them just as much as the others.
This book is filled with fun, from catering antics to GOTCHA! to summer parties to heart-in-hand art, the reader is taken on a trip they won’t forget nor will they want to get to the end. But when they inevitably reach the conclusion, they’re smiling because everything is going to be alright.
This is by far my favorite Dessen of the three I’ve read so far. Dessen has made me a fan and has been placed on my auto-buy list!