So now that I’m finally posting again, this review is going to be on The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen. I’ve heard a lot about Sarah Dessen, and I’ve been planning on reading something by her for quite a while. So I snatched this up when I was at the library. Definitely not a bad choice!
This book features Macy Queen, a high school student and former runner still figuring out how to cope with her dad’s death. But at least it’s summer, right? Maybe go swimming at the pool, stay out late, hang out with friends 24/7? Well, not exactly. While her nearly-perfect-in-every-way boyfriend is off to Brain Camp, Macy’s going to be taking over his job at the library, studying for the SAT, and trying to stay “fine-just-fine,” as she puts it. Yep, it’s going to be a rollicking summer, full of fun! But then again, maybe not.
When Macy’s mom hosts one of her parties to try to sell some townhouses, Macy becomes acquainted with Monica, Wes, Bert, and Delia, the crazy (and forever stressed, in Delia’s case) employees of Wish Catering. In a surprising turn of events for Macy, it’s not long before she, too, is carrying trays and riding through town in the Wish van. (Just as a side job, she assures her mother.) She also meets Kristy, a larger-than-life, searching-for-extraordinary girl with a scar. But Wes. He’s the real enigma. An artist, a former juvenile delinquent, and a boy who Macy tells things she never thought she’d say out loud. But she does. And one thing’s for sure: This summer is not turning out the way it was expected to.
All in all, this book was a pretty good read. The characters were believable, fun, and definitely likable (well. . .the ones that were supposed to be likable anyway. . .). I especially enjoyed the originality of the Wish Catering part, which really added something unique and fun to the story. The plot was definitely interesting, and the writing flowed really well. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a favorite, or a huge page-turner, but it’s really a good, solid read. I’m thinking I’ll try Just Listen next!
Literary Quote of the Day: “There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” —The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen