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The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
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really liked it

Originally posted at Drunk On Pop

I’m not a huge contemporary fiction fan. Every once in a while one will really grip me, and when that happens it is a wonderful reprieve from books that I normally read. Just my opinion of course, but it always seems that contemporary novels have less of a plot – it’s just normal people doing normal things “and something extraordinary happens”. Usually someone falls in love with someone ~*~random~*~ or someone “finds themselves” or someone gets in a fight with their parents because they don’t want to do dance/sports anymore. I don’t know… it’s just never really done much for me, so I usually tend to stay away.

My best friend and I were recently talking about books and she was absolutely beside herself that I hadn’t read The Truth About Forever, so I gave it a shot. I really enjoyed the book, and I also really enjoyed the characters. Sarah Dessen is fantastic at writing complex characters with complex relationships and emotions, and I was really struck by Macy for the majority of the book. She does this thing where you wish her characters were real so that you could actually interact with them yourself. Delia and the rest of the Wish crew were fantastic, and Monica was certainly my favorite. In fact, my favorite part of the entire book is when she finally speaks two full sentences. The most emotions I felt while reading the book were towards Jason and Macy’s mother Deborah. They were characters that I just felt such disdain for, whether I was meant to or not, and I really just kind of wanted to shake everyone.

Really, my main problem with this book (and books similar to this one) is that I feel like one event or moment is built up throughout the duration of the book and then doesn’t happen until the very end. It’s a brief, momentary moment and then it’s over and then shortly after, like 10 pages later, the entire book is done. It leaves me wanting more, not in an “oh my god that was so crazy/good I need more!” but in an “oh my god, you mean to tell me this was building up for 350+ pages and that’s it?!?!” way. It’s frustrating to me.

Overall, though, the book was very good. There is no denying that Sarah Dessen is a fantastic writer, and I love how she is able to craft such vastly different characters in such an effortless way. Each character has great development and their dialogue and actions all feel genuine. While I was slightly disappointed, that doesn’t take away from how great the rest of the book was.

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Reading Progress

December 30, 2015 – Started Reading
December 30, 2015 – Shelved
December 30, 2015 –
page 1
0.27% "Becca just flipped out cause I've never read this before and is forcing me on it haha"
January 2, 2016 –
page 28
7.49% "She's clearly a fantastic writer, obviously, but nothing is really happening yet. I mean, I'm not necessarily bored but I do have a lot of things to do and it's hard to rationalize putting those things off to read when what you're reading doesn't have much going on lol"
January 4, 2016 –
page 50
13.37% "Wait, what happened to her sister??"
January 10, 2016 –
page 165
44.12% "Sometimes awkward things happen to fictional characters and I cringe so hard that I can't continue reading for a second"
January 12, 2016 –
page 184
49.2% "I'm digging it"
January 15, 2016 –
page 299
79.95% "God her mom is such a bitch"
January 15, 2016 –
page 360
96.26% "Best part was Monica speaking a real sentence"
January 15, 2016 –
page 374
100.0% "Aw"
January 15, 2016 – Finished Reading

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