BOOK REVIEW: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever Book Cover The Truth About Forever
Sarah Dessen
Young Adult, Contemporary
June 2012

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?



“All I’d wanted for so long was for someone to explain everything that had happened to me in this same way. To label it neatly on a page: this leads to this leads to this.”

This book is actually a re-read for me. I first read The Truth About Forever almost two years ago on ebook format. I loved it and I know I just have to get my own physical copy. That’s why when I received my order for it, I immediately read it. The title is what made me want to read this book. I remember finding it on the internet, like, 3 years ago and I know I have to read it. The book cover is pretty as it highlighted two of my favorite colors: green and blue. I just wish that they have put the ‘Angel’ or ‘heart-in-hand’ sculpture instead of this wishbone bracelet. I already have read 4 books by Sarah Dessen and my favorites are The Truth About Forever and Lock and Key.

“Doesn’t it seem, sometimes, that the whole damn world’s uphill?”

This book is like a typical set-in-summer book. Summer started wrong for girl, girl found boy then everything felt that things are now finally falling into place. I admit that yes, it’s kinda typical but this book is so much more than that. Maybe I love this book so much because of the family thing in it. Make me read a book that has like family issues in it there’s a big chance that I will love it. The writing is pretty good, it’s not hard to read, if you know what I mean.

“There’s just something fun, very once in a while, about getting the shit scared out of you.”

I can somewhat relate to the main character, Macy. She’s awkward and does not open up to her family. I don’t like Macy’s mom. She’s really inconsiderate but oh well, I can kind of understand it because of what she went through. Delia the caterer is really the kind of mother or aunt anyone would want. She’s caring and unique and I just love her personality. Speaking of personality, there’s Kristy who is freaking awesome and funny. I love her so much and please I’m begging anyone, let me have a Kristy for a best friend. Of course, a contemporary YA romance book would not be complete without an attractive and mysterious guy. Wes.

“I was struck by how good looking he was, in that accidental, doesn’t-even-know-it kind of way. Which only made it worse. Or better. Or whatever.”

Wes. Oh my Wes. I don’t want to scream to you guys but WES IS LIKE MY ULTIMATE BOOK BOYFRIEND. Like I said before, I like my book boyfriends quiet and oh-so mysterious. So that’s what Wes is: quiet, mysterious and incredible. He’s not perfect and that’s what I love most about him. He’s also real smooth. Please, I’m begging anyone again, let me have a Wes.

“As long as something is never even started, you never have to worry about it ending. It has endless potentials.”

Some of my favorite parts are when Wes and Macy are playing Truth. It’s sa-woon! (If you have read the book then you know what I mean.) I love how, even the small things, connect to the larger points in the story. It’s really awesome. My absolute favorite part would be the part before the actual ending. It’s WOW.

“Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.”

Reading this book again made me really happy because I remembered how much I love and enjoy reading it back then.  The Truth About Forever would be forever on my top favorite books and if you haven’t read them, then add this on your TBR books now, like, right now.  I especially recommend them to fans of Jennifer E. Smith.

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5 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

  1. This is my absolute favorite Sarah Dessen book as well! The simple but realistic story line, beautiful writing, and (let’s be honest) Wes makes it such an enjoyable read. I saw that you’ve read four Dessen books, did you read Just Listen and This Lullaby? Those are great too. I also really enjoyed Along For the Ride because I could relate to Auden. 🙂

    1. I’m glad this is your favorite too! I haven’t read both but I really want to it’s just that my TBR is overflowing with books I really need to read like, right now. I didn’t like Along for the Ride that much but my favorite part would be when they (Auden and the guy, I forgot his name huhuhu but he’s super hot) were hanging out late at night. It’s super cute and I want it to haapen to me, too. My second favorite would be Lock and Key! 😀 Have you read it?

      1. Ahh, I completely understand. #TopplingTBRPile is a big issue for me too! I love how you just called Eli (the guy in Along for the Ride) super hot when he’s fictional and we’ve never seen him before. 😉 And I totally agree, when I read these sweet, contemporary romance books or watch dramas, I wonder if this will ever happen to me (and if I’ll receive the situation well or be repulsed by the cheesiness). 😛 And yes! I have read Lock and Key but I can’t remember much of it. I think, the guy (now can’t remember his name) has an abusive father, right?

  2. I’ve never seen that cover before for The Truth About Forever. I love this book, too, but Sarah Dessen is generally a hit for me (rather than a miss), except maybe Saint Anything. What would you say is your favourite Dessen book?

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