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The Truth About Forever

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  162,437 Ratings  ·  6,524 Reviews
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
Paperback, 374 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by Penguin Group Inc.
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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
Jul 10, 2011 Wendy Darling rated it really liked it
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
Apr 04, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok
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
Kristin (KC)
Oct 11, 2014 Kristin (KC) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult-ya
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 Wes
Jan 09, 2010 Adrienne rated it really liked it
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 15, 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
Rachel Maniacup
Jan 14, 2016 Rachel Maniacup rated it really liked it
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
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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
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
Sep 25, 2015 Rachel E. Carter rated it did not like it
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 28, 2011 Isamlq rated it really liked it

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!
Feb 06, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 30, 2008 Waffle...♥ rated it it was amazing
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
Christine Riccio
Aug 07, 2013 Christine Riccio rated it liked it
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.
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
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it really liked it
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
Oct 25, 2015 Pinky rated it liked it
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
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
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
Feb 12, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 02, 2011 Flannery rated it really liked it
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
Jun 16, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
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
There's a quiet beauty in the way Sarah Dessen writes, which I can admire, but at times--more often than not--it comes across lacking spark and excitement. That's to say: this was a very dull and boring read for me. This my second read novel of hers, and... I'm just not impressed.

I really can't get over how starkly similar The Truth About Forever is to the novel I first read of hers, Saint Anything which was released earlier this year. While the plot does differ, the components, the characters
Anne (Anneshka)
Me and summer are like two puzzle pieces that can never fit. I would say the reason for my wariness of summer is related to where I live-- I swear summer turns it into some kind of post-apocalyptic city-- it's the maximal kind of unhealthy. But for some reason I cannot fathom, I love summer-themed books that are bright and bouncy;they're equivalent to antidepressants or something.

That said, this book ; Yes, is summer-themed, you'd think it would be all woo-hoo fun, but it has a large amount of g
Feb 09, 2010 Angie rated it it was ok
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
Mar 10, 2009 Preeti rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
It's an amazing feeling when you read a book that gives you hope. When it makes you happy. Not happy like, *smiles* happy. Happy as in, bursting-from-your-heart, sunshiny-big-cheesy-smile, laugh-at-the-world, live-without-a-care sort of happy.

That's exactly what I felt when I finished this. First of all, I'd like to thank Naffi for opening me up to YA (young adult) books. Without her, there would have been this whole unexplored section of gems at my library and I would not have been privy to the
Aug 16, 2010 Annalisa rated it liked it
Recommended to Annalisa by: Jillian -always aspiring-
Surprisingly, I liked this book. I'm not a fan of chick lit, but this was well written and I could see much of myself in Macy's drive for perfection, minus the emotional baggage that pushes most people to be so anal retentive (I'm just weird). And as much as I couldn't stand her mother, I could see a lot of my own mother pulling me back when she knew I was about to graduate. I could see their relationship and Macy's duty to be the good daughter and the good student and the good girlfriend and do ...more
The last couple of months I have been trying to read my way through all of Sarah Dessen's books. This was the last one on my list to read and it turned out to be my favorite.

Dessen seems to like to use to same basic formula for her books (girl with troubles + meets new boy = happy ending). Even though this may be a bit predictable, I still seem to always enjoy her books immensely. Dessen has a way with getting you very attached to her characters and this book was no different. It's not just the
Feb 25, 2009 Pam rated it did not like it
Okay! So, for those of you that read (and LOVED!) this book, please, what ever you do: DO NOT READ MY REVIEW!!! Okay, soo, here it goes....

So, I thought that Macy should've been better and quick acting with Wes...and I know that she's still recovering from her dad's death and stuff, but, seriously; I fell asleep. Yes, I thought that it was THAT boring, and like the title: it literally took Macy FOREVER to move on...but wounds don't heal THAT easily, don't they??? Lol, but I was very, very, VERY
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