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The Truth About Forever

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  177,960 Ratings  ·  7,209 Reviews
This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN13: 9780142406250.

Expect the unexpected.

Macy's got her whole summer carefully planned.

But her plants didn't include a job at Wish Catering. And they certainly didn't include Wes.

But Macy soon discovers that the things you expect least are sometimes the things you need most.
Paperback, Reissue, 374 pages
Published June 2012 by Speak (first published May 11th 2004)
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Avani Hi, I really loved this novel. It was a little slow at the beginning but after one of the other main characters Wes appears it really gets you into…moreHi, I really loved this novel. It was a little slow at the beginning but after one of the other main characters Wes appears it really gets you into the story. It's a real heart throb at times and by one of my favourite authors too. Hope you read and enjoy it and hope you like it :) ;)(less)
Amicha Books to read after this (that aren't other Sarah Dessen books)? ● Anna and the French Kiss, ● Since You've Been Gone, ● To All the Boys I've Loved…moreBooks to read after this (that aren't other Sarah Dessen books)? ● Anna and the French Kiss, ● Since You've Been Gone, ● To All the Boys I've Loved Before, ● The Last Song ● Those are some pretty awesome follow-ups for The Truth About Forever. If you read any, hope you like 'em!(less)

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Wendy Darling
Jun 02, 2011 Wendy Darling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy Darling by: a zillion wise and wonderful GoodReads friends
I never, ever would have read Sarah Dessen if it weren't for my GoodReads friends. I'm not much on chick lit and I only occasionally come across realistic YA fiction that I truly enjoy, so I was extremely wary of what lay behind those pretty book covers, even though most of the reviews were positively gushing.

I fell for this book really hard, really fast, however. I expected a light, hopefully somewhat amusing read but what I got instead was a quiet, deep story that I absolutely loved reading fr

First thoughts:

I might need to change my rating system for this book to be given only 5 stars..
Also i need some time to sort out my feelings (between both overwhelming joy and sadness) and come up with a proper review, because i have lots of "wow"s in my mind right now, but i fear that it might not be enough to express how beautiful this book really is.
This story really touched a soft spot in my heart.
"It's all in the view. That's what I mean about forever, too. For any one of us our forever c
K.D. Absolutely
Feb 27, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: TFG 100 Favorite Books (2011 edition)
I thank this book for giving me an important insight on what could be going on in the mind of a 16-year old girl in today's world.

You see, I am a father of a girl of that same age. The age of the Macy, the narrator-main protagonist of this book.

My daughter is my only child. For the past 16 years, I have been trying to be a good father. But what is a good father? Since there is no school in good parenting, most of my styles come from what I thought were the good points my father showed me or wha
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)

I'd tried to hold myself apart, showing only what I wanted, doling out bits and pieces of who I was. But that only works for so long. Eventually, even the smallest fragments can't help but make a whole.

Now that I finally have some time to put together a little bit of a coherent review, I'm excited to give a little more explanation to my thoughts. I've been seeing this author on the shelves of every big bookstore for years and never gave her a second look. And while I think that there was som
Kristin (KC)
May 10, 2012 Kristin (KC) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
4 Stars! What a sweet and lovely story! This was my first book by Miss Dessen, and will not likely be my last. The writing is engaging and effortless--and the way the author realistically tackles grief is encouraging. 

Macy is a teen who strives for the impossible--perfection. Her father's sudden death has impaired her relationship with her mother, to whom she barely speaks. Her 'braniac', emotionless boyfriend who possesses the personality of a twig leaves her for summer camp...then she meets We
Dec 27, 2009 Adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Adrienne by: Mahyar Alemipour
Shelves: library-loan
I hadn't even heard of Sarah Dessen until I came across this book on my frend Mahyars read shelf. I noticed the 5 stars and as we share a liking for certain types of books thought I'd investigate this author further. It didn't take much persuading, 1st person POV, heavy on the emotion, I was definately up for it. And I wasn't disappointed! Oh no this book has to be one of my all time favourites. I'm not going to give a re-tell of the story because other reviewers have done that,but what I will d ...more
Jul 07, 2011 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, boy-crush, e
“For any one of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now. You can never know for sure, so you’d better make every second count.”

High Points.
Not a wizard/mind-reader/necromancer/vampire/werewolf/Cornish Piskie (I feel there is lack of Cornish Piskies in YA novels....maybe I'll remedy that soon)/zombie in sight. HURRAH. Outstanding supporting cast. Food (seriously, I put on about five stone just reading this book). Best friends. Good grief and real emotions. Being the perso
Dec 25, 2008 Tina rated it it was amazing
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I've been trying to think of the best way to review this book, because I feel like the first review I wrote for The Truth About Forever did not do it any justice. The thing is, I don't know how to write a proper review for this book without squealing or "sa-woon"-ing so much. Because believe me, I know I did that so many times when I was rereading this book.

But let me try again. Sarah Dessen's The Truth About Forever is one of my favorite books of all time. It's no
Rachel Maniacup
Jan 14, 2016 Rachel Maniacup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachel by: The Girl In Boots
This is a story of a young lady,MACY QUEEN, who is struggling to find herself for almost one year and a half now,after her father's sudden death,which she hasn't really grieved yet,and somehow blamed herself for that's why she never talk to anyone about her real emotions..not even to her mother or her sister.

To hide her emotions,she tried to be a perfect person for her mother (who never talk much and lacks affection because like her,her mother also shields her grief by keeping herself busy) and
No one could tell you: you just had to go through it on your own. If you were lucky, you came out on the other side and understood. If you didn't, you kept getting thrust back, retracing those steps, until you finally got it right.

The Truth About Forever is one of the few YA books I loved. The story is captivating, so touching and so real.
Engaging writing style, loveable characters, and Wes who is just the most perfect fictional boyfriend ever. Aww, I wish he was real…

I finally felt I was on
Rachel E. Carter
I tried to give Sarah Dessen another chance. Unfortunately it did not work out. This is the type of contemporary I shy away from -really, really slow build up of romance and lots of real life issues (for this reason I steer clear from some of the hugely famous contemporaries with cancer, etc.). A lot of people love this kind of thing but I guess I am just not the right reader. I choose books as an escape and when I read about realistic characters & horrible events in a contemporary setting i ...more
Apr 27, 2011 Isamlq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I am definitely a fan of Wes and Macy's! If Dessen keeps leaving me with this oh happy, happy feeling then I am well on my way to adding her to my list of favorite YA contemporary authors. What is it with these authors and their formulae? The very fact that there is a pattern followed should put me off. I mean, there can only be just so many ways to tell the same story, right? But, see, I am not put off, because with each book they offer up I find myself drawn in: There's John Green
Laura Newcombe
This is my favorite book in the whole wide world forever and ever. Reviewing it would kill the magic. Just read it, please. That's all I can say. Now, now, now!
Oct 19, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excerpt: "You should have seen your face," she said, her breath hot in my ear. "Sa-woooon."

I think this was the first book I read of Sarah Dessen and that made me love her forever. Enough said.
Apr 21, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

"That was the thing. You just never knew. Forever was so many different things. It was always changing, it was what everything was really all about. It was twenty minutes, or a hundred years, or just this instant, or any instant I wished would last and last. But there was only one truth about forever that really mattered, and that was this: it was happening."

This was my first Sarah Dessen book and it was just what I needed after the craziness of ACoMaF.

This book is about Macy, a girl who
Christine Riccio
Wes was cute and all and I enjoyed their interactions. All the rest of the characters in the catering business felt real and were fun to read about but I WAS SO FRUSTRATED BY MACY (the narrator) THIS ENTIRE BOOK. It really took away from my enjoyment of the story.
Jan 18, 2008 Waffle...♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers :D
Recommended to Waffle...♥ by: Mi Queso! (Willa)
I just LOVED this book! I really love the metaphors and the similie's... so great! Oh and your gonna blow when you hear this! The main characters LOVE waffles! See, see what did I tell you Queso... EVERYBODY love's waffles!

Excerpt:"Now, see," Wes said, nodding at my plate, "this is going to blow your mind."
I looked at him. "It's a waffle, not the second coming."
"Dont be so sure. You haven't tasted it yet."
I spread some butter on my waffle, then doused it with syrup before cutting off a smal
I know, I know, you might be thinking, PINKY WHAT HAPPENED? WHERE WERE YOU, YOU HAVEN'T BEEN ON HERE FOR A WEEK! But I'll explain why and I am going to rant a lot so I apologize in advance. :) Before I start this review, I want to talk to you about something, and I want to know what you think about this.

I want to talk to you about:

For the past few days, I have been loaded up with homework. Most of the homework is assignments but we get a long period of time to work on them. For example, one
Jul 10, 2008 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time and finally got around to getting a copy and sitting down and doing it. Believe it of not my first Sarah Dessen novel was Just Listen. Sarah who? I know I was hiding in a rock underneath six maybe seven feet of densely packed soil, anywho, after I read Just Listen I was an instant fan. I read some of her earlier work, which was a lot different that her recent novels, but still enjoyable. And everyone I talked to insisted that I had to read The ...more
The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen, is my favorite book by this author thus far. I’ve become a fan of Dessen’s stories, and I feel she knocked it out of the ball park with this book. Her main characters are extremely likeable and easy to associate with and the plot is captivating and well developed. This is such a great story that starts, develops and ends the way it should. My fave Dessen book by far.

Macy Queen has a strained relationship with her mother after the sudden death of her fath
Amy (Turn the Page)
I’m a little hesitant to write a less than glowing review, given how beloved Dessen’s novels are, but I just don’t think this is an author for me. That’s not to say Dessen isn’t a good writer – I finished The Truth About Forever in about 4 hours and was compelled to keep reading through to the end. I just found the whole story pretty underwhelming.

I should point out contemporary fiction is not something I read a lot of, mainly because I don’t usually find it that interesting – unless it is very
Catherine ♡
I had previously rated this a much higher rating, but now, looking back on it, it really does feel like another Sarah Dessen book, and it doesn't seem memorable enough for a five star. It was definitely fluffy (most Dessen books are) but that was about it.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
For the longest time, whenever someone reviewed one of Sarah Dessen’s books, I had to start my comment with the words “I’ve never actually read anything by her before…” and to be honest, I was getting tired of it. So when an audiobook came my way, I decided to change that once and for all.

You all know that contemporary YA makes me uncomfortable at times, even when it’s not about something I can easily relate to. To make matters worse, The Truth About Forever hit too close to home, but instead o
Re-read 2011

Okay so, I just had to do a re-read and oh my God do I love this book! Definitely my favorite by Dessen!

For me, The Truth About Forever just has it all. An emotional and heartwarming story, a main character whom I could easily relate to and whom I absolutely adore, loveable secondary characters and a male love interest who’s just simply to die for.

I don’t know how she does it but Dessen’s characters always feel so real to me and in my opinion TTAF has the best secondary characters of
In typical Sarah Dessen "one girl, one mysterious and awesome boy, one summer" style, this book charts Macy Queen's summer as she and her family attempt to go through the grieving process after losing their father and she tries to figure out what makes her happy. On a whim, Macy starts working at a catering company and she meets a great cast of supporting characters there, including Wes--a sculpted, former juvenile delinquent who is also endearing, hot,a runner, an artist and DING DING DING, you ...more
Mar 09, 2016 Warda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so beautiful and heartfelt and beautiful and I can't even handle it!!

It's a quiet, deep, tender and warm story about the main character dealing with grief, how that affected her life and how she's trying to hold it together for her family. It's about her self discovery and first love.

I love how Sarah Dessen was able to showcase different ways of people dealing with grief and what their choices were. How important it is to have people in our lives who can bring something more out o
Feb 09, 2010 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
So I've been thinking I should give Sarah Dessen another try for awhile now. It seems every other day people are extolling her virtues and it's not uncommon to hear Dessen referred to as the Queen of the contemporary YA. Quite the crown of laurels, really. Several years ago I picked up two Dessen books in a row--This Lullaby and Someone Like You--I believe it was. I was unenthused. I read both through to the finish but remained distinctly underwhelmed and promptly forgot them. But it's hard to a ...more
May 26, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I feel like this is going to be a huge love fest, but I will try to control myself.

I LOVE this book! Ooops, failed already. :) I loved the world, all the characters, themes, and messages. Truth be told I loved it all. I’m trying to come up with one criticism, but I just can’t.

The story revolves around Macy Queen, whose life has become routines, silence and “fine-just-fine” smiles, since the death of her father. Her life changes in a whirlwind of chaos, warmth, truths and meatballs after bumping
Arielle Walker
As much as I'm so very not a fan of this genre - especially now that highschool is a mercifully distant memory - this one never fails to delight.

The Truth About Forever is slow-moving but perfectly crafted, never boring. The characters are so believable, honest, real, it's hard not to fall a little bit into their quiet little world. There is heartbreak, and resolutions that feel genuine and true to life. The fact that I'm probably actually the same age, if not older now as the older sister Carol
Angie Elle
Apr 03, 2012 Angie Elle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like this book snuck up on me. I mean – I knew I was reading it, and I knew was enjoying it, but WOW! Usually when I talk about a slow build, I’m referring to the romance (which does apply here,) but the emotion in this book was like water lapping gently at the shore, and then BAM! The tide came in – just like it did for Macy, and I was sobbing.

Ever since her father passed away, Macy’s been pretending everything’s OK, and she’s been busying herself trying to be perfect. Her boyfriend (unk
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