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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—thi
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Published May 11th 2004 by Penguin Group Inc.
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Amisha 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 Be…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 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
K.D. Absolutely
Feb 27, 2012 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

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 foreve
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
aw. this was super cute! this was my first sarah dessen book and it lived up to all of my expectations!

this story had amazing character development, probably some of the best i have ever read in a YA contemporary. i loved reading about macys journey at such a crucial time in her life - those teenage years of figuring out who she is and what she wants from life (not to mention having to cope with the loss of her father). i felt like how she handled all of the change in her life was very genuine a
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
“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.”

My first and still favourite Sarah Dessen novel. I loved everything about it: Macy, Wes (oh Wes), and everybody of the Wish Catering crew. The plot was cute and exciting and even though it is easily predictable (I mean, that's why we read these kind of books), it was simply perfect.

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Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reread
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My umpteenth reread of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl  made me realize how compulsively readable the contemporary books that made my 2014/'15 were. So the queen of the genre, aka Sarah Dessen, had to make a comeback for my next reread.

They just don’t make them like this anymore. I've yet to experience a new summer contemporary read that receives the surrounding hype of Stephanie Perkins's  Anna and the French Kiss , Morgan Matson's  
Kristin (KC)
May 10, 2012 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 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Adrienne by: Mahyar Alemipour
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
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

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
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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'
Ahmad Sharabiani
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen
Macy is still recovering from the sudden loss of her father. Since he died during one of their habitual morning runs, Macy gives up running and keeps all of her feelings to herself. This results in her being unable to comfort her mother. Her boyfriend, Jason, is currently away at Brain Camp. When Macy attempts to communicate with him about her unhappiness with her coworkers at the library. At the end of one of their e-mails she tells him that she loves him, h
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, touching and 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
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book deserves 4 stars at least. It is well done, deep and introspective. There is nothing cliche here and yet, it is about something completely mundane in a very good way.
I absolutely recommend to read this book.

In terms of personal tastes, I would give this book 3 stars. The topic is one that usually doesn't absorb me much, and the only reason I read it is because all the good reviews it has. The pace was slower that I usually like; same with the excitement level. However, I am very glad
Rachel Maniacup
Jan 14, 2016 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
Rachel E. Carter
Aug 02, 2015 added it
Shelves: nfm
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 it ju ...more
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! ...more
Christine Riccio
Aug 07, 2013 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.
what you're guaranteed with a sarah dessen book: a female protagonist experiencing a Realization About Life; a cute and/or boring romance; a teenage male love interest who isn't really anything to write home about unless you squint and optimist the sh*t out of it; at least one solid friendship; p good dialogue.

but what you can also get with sarah dessen: mind-numbing familial drama; constant truisms; liberal amounts of girl hate/slut shaming/not like other girls-ness; flat characters; a deus ex
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I love this book so much and I'm enjoying it just as much now as I always have, but I honestly just cannot justify taking the time for any rereads right now. 😂 Soooo I'll come back and finish this billionth reread another time. ...more
Mar 09, 2016 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
Oct 19, 2010 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.
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 27, 2011 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 Gree
Aj the Ravenous Reader

I thought it was very Sarah Dessen. Kind of slow-paced, quite detailed and descriptive but still enjoyable. The themes are once again very relatable and the characterizations are rich and deliberate. I liked how the plot progressed and how the characters evolved as well as how the problems were resolved. It just wasn’t as great as I expected because I was told this is one o fthe author's best but to me, Just Listen is still so much better.
"The Truth about Forever" is about seventeen year-old Macy, who is recently recovering from the traumatic loss of her father. After losing control of everything in her life, she finds that striving to be perfect will help her regain what she has lost. Her robotic boyfriend is going away for the summer while she has to fill in for him at his job at the library, her mom has been hiding herself in work, and her sister is busy renovating their family's old beach house. Macy spends her days and night ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
Super sweet and very endearing. I loved it. I liked how the relationships developed and grew. The chaos was hilarious and the characters were great.
Mar 04, 2010 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
May 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 18, 2008 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
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