The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Image“It’s all in the view. That’s what I mean about forever, too. For any one of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now. You never know for sure, so you’d better make every second count.”

After her father dies, Macy hopes to work at a library or more importantly, the library information desk where she can waste the summer away as she waits for her boyfriend to come home from some geeky camp. Instead, Macy finds herself working for a catering business, or more specifically, Wish Catering, where she finds a random group of friends, but more importantly, she finds Wes.  He’s kinda weird and doesn’t really fit in with her lifestyle, but she’s comfortable enough with him to talk about her father’s death and finally face the grief that was threatening to overwhelm her.  In her novel, Dessen tackles such issues as denial, grief, comfort, sadness, and love as the reader engages with the story and watches as Macy fills her life with happiness again.

The book, while being quick paced and having some likable and wacky characters, seemed a bit unrealistic and cliché to me.  This book will probably be enjoyed by young adults, but adults (especially adults that have experienced grief) will have a hard time relating to the issues Macy is faced with.  Macy’s attitude that she needs to be perfect in order to be liked is an overdone cliché and a bit immature for older readers.  The characters, while somewhat likeable, are a bit flat and sometimes annoying. After all that, I would only recommend this book to young adults and wouldn’t recommend it to those 20+.

To read a few reviews, click here and here!

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2 thoughts on “The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

  1. Very interesting book review. I recently completed an academic paper and presentation on this book for my literary studies class and found it to have many relevant themes and topics. While the novel itself may appeal more to young adults because of the youthful characters and situations, the core of the themes are ageless. I would beg to differ with the statement “Macy’s attitude that she needs to be perfect in order to be liked is an overdone cliche and a bit immature for older readers.” While this topic may seem overdone, Dessen handles this attitude in a way that is not cliche. Also, this attitude will feel immature only to those who view perfection as a strictly adolescent problem. Macy does not want to be perfect just so people can like her – this is a far too shallow analysis of her psyche. She desires to be perfect to prove that she has overcome her father’s tragic death, thereby suppressing her grief.
    The quest for perfection is something that can grab hold of adults and youth alike, especially perfection that is birthed from grief. Macy’s mother is the prime example that this can happen to adults. She suffers from this although she is a mature mother of two daughters and the head of a successful business. Dessen has talked about how much this book taught her about perfection in her own life. So yes, the adolescent problems of school and love within the plot may not be of interest to older readers, but if one can look past these devices he/she will find the moral lessons and themes of the novel relevant to anyone who has experienced grief, inadequacy, or the pressure to be perfect.

    • Thank you for your insight. The review I provided was just a general overview of how I found the book. I did not in any way complete an in-depth analysis of the book nor its themes. 🙂 Thank you for providing your understanding and knowledge of the book!

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