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 person you want to be not the person they want you to be Boys with tattoos Girls with go go boots Running out of petrol Arts and crafts Sa wooon.Low Points.This book was really quite slow at points and there were a lot of description that didn t add much to the story Did we need four consecutive pages about houses But it got there in the end and I ended up enjoying it a lot and I will not be shunned by the entire YA community for treason against Queen Dessen HURRAH.Heroine.Macy Queen, 16, wants to be perfect and I have to admit alarm bells began ringing pretty early on in this book but then they shut off when I realised that just because she wanted to be perfect doesn t mean she actually was.Which is great because perfection is overrated So, even though for the first couple of chapters Macy kept her personality cards very close to her chest, I could see through her poker face and I don t even know how to play poker even when we play for Smarties on the table instead of money..and I love Smarties So even though I know she wanted me to, I did not write Macy off Because I m stubborn and I knew there was the fun time Macy in there somewhere As the book progressed, Macy started to stand up for herself and develop that little thing we call a backbone and start living the life she knew was out there Macy had a lot to deal with in the past couple of years and had built up lots of sturdy walls around her to stop anyone seeing that she is finding grieving for her father difficult read human I know I ve said it before but there is something so satisfying about seeing a character come into their own and fight for their right to party be someone they ve been trying to squash because they re afraid.And if there is a sexy boy involved, then that s just fine too Love Interest.Jason Seriously what was he Are there any seventeen year old boys actually like that Do they truly exist And if so why did Macy, as a girl with a pulse, stay with him so long I guess nothing says passion like lists ListsWell, hello Wes with your tattoo and your past Which is different to a past because it s in italics exciting and dangerous and sexy Even though it was so very obvious that you and Macy were going to end up canoodling as soon as you loped I don t think I ve ever met a boy who loped One day, Jo One day onto the page But I was OK with it because, although you had a past, you never made a secret about it and you never kept anything from Macy because you felt she couldn t handle it and it was never an issue and Macy didn t go mental over it Which was refreshing because I find girls often get blind sighted by a boy with a past Yes, my dear Wes, you have baggage but you have managed to fold it into a nice and stylish bag that you can carry around with ease that doesn t drag you down and make you insufferable and boring.You are also a massive goof, you re such a cute big brother and a loyal nephew and you are scared of clowns, which pretty much makes us soul mates.And you and Macy are really cute together and you encouraged her to be the girl she was too afraid to be just in case she slipped up and was no longer perfect Also, you can weld Which is always hot Best Friend s.I loved their interactions and their tomfooleries and the way they embraced Macy, no questions asked Also, they have an ambulance as their method of transport AN AMBULANCE.It s safe to say that I would go out with vommy Sherman from Shreveport to be friends with Kristy, Monica, Delia and Bert Theme Tune.Live Forever Oasis.This song will always remind me of being young and giving a metaphorical middle finger to all the bitchy, stuck up people who work in libraries who look down on you because you re not perfectWe see things they ll never see I ll take living passionately over perfection any day, thank you very much.Angst Scale.9 10 There was great deal of angst in this book Whether it was Macy and her grieving for the death of her father or Macy always striving for unattainable perfection, their was always the sense of angst looming in the background And as I mentioned early this book was a tad wordy and it sometimes felt like I was being clobbered over the head with a brick made of teenage emotion, but it fit well with the pace of the book Because even though it was heavy going in places, when it was funny it was really funny I was snorting and hiccoughing with laughter here there and everywhere with this book.I liked the dichotomy of trivial angst vs real life emotions that Dessen sets up because it allowed me to understand the difficulties that Macy feels and her insecurities and allowed me to not only understand her but to relate to her I thought the way that Dessen depicted losing a family member was effective and the raw emotions that come after death were written perfectly I especially liked the parts with the products that Macy s dad bought from the catalogues so poignant BUT, I m OK with boy angst when I care for the boy and think he s worth your angst and fretting But Macy why did you even care about Jason He did not deserve the amount of angst you gave him He wrote lists, for goodness sake Lists.Recommended For.People who like contemporary YA books People who don t really like contemporary YA books but who are willing to give them a try People who like boys with a past People who have always wanted to quit a job in a dramatic way People who find welding a sexy past time People who like driving around in converted ambulances with excellent best friends People who like meatballs so basically, everyone. Cute Boys, Late Summer Nights, and Blossoming FriendshipsMy 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 any 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 Since You ve Been Gone , and Dessen s The Truth About Forever Reading this made me recall how I achingly miss that feeling of fun and ease those iconic books that scream of summer provided when I needed it the most I mean, remembering my reading experience of these books now feels like sifting through teen memories, and even though I didn t encounter the described events personally, I experienced so much joy reading them that they simply feels like mine And it s exactly this rush of emotion that I haven t felt in a while with a YA book.Now, I definitely feel the keen need to revisit of the kind in the near future But in the meantime, I ve compiled a list of things I adored within this reread The tiny random moments of resembelance Fangirl shares with The Truth About Forever I had to note it down with the former book still so fresh in my mind Wes s pickup truck coming to save the day Levi s red truck , Macy s denying invitations Cath , Bert pushing the doors with too much gusto Reagan s quirk My favorite catering crew to exist in fiction, aka Wish Catering, with their tiny mishaps somehow always solved before the night is done I definitely had to rearrange my expectations when it came to them since I recalled the dynamics between the crew a tad different, but still, they were so good They honestly seemed to believe that things would just work out And the weirdest thing was, they did Somehow Eventually Although even when I was standing right there I couldn t say how One of my favorite scenes arose out of Macy sharing with Kristy her experience of being in a relationship with Jason, whose constant need for perfection makes her fall short again and again in his eyes and consequently makes her doubt her every move So Kristy makes sure to pass onto Macy her confidence would totally want to hear say she loved him You re smart, you re gorgeous, you re a good person I mean, what makes him such a catch, anyway Who is he to judge He s Jason, I said, for lack of a better argument Well, he s a fuckhead She sucked down the rest of her beer And if I were you, I d be glad to be rid of him Because anyone that can make you feel that bad about yourself is toxic, you know He doesn t make me feel bad about myself, I said, knowing even as my lips formed the words this was exactly what he did Or what I let him do It was hard to say What you need, Kristy said, what you deserve, is a guy who adores you for what you are Who doesn t see you as a project, but a prize You know I m no prize, I said, shaking my head Yes, she said, and she sounded so sure it startled me like she could be so positive while hardly knowing me at all You are What sucks is how you can t even see it It brought to mind this empowering exchange from Skam The ongoing gotcha scare game shared between the two brothers, Wes and Bert, reminded me of the trailer for the upcoming film Tag and the true story behind it, titled I ve played a game of tag for 23 years The game came from a bad period in life that later blossomed into a concrete focal point for the brothers Truthfully, it s just this dumb thing we started about a year ago It pretty much came from us living alone in the house after my mom died It was really quiet, so it was easy to sneak around Plus, Wes continued, there s just something fun, every once in a while, about getting the shit scared out of you You know Speaking of, seeing Wes care for his younger brother, Bert, who s beyond nervous to go to a very important engagement Armageddon club , was a huge sa woon worthy moment for me Calm down, Wes said, stepping around me into the room and walking up to Bert He untangled the tie, smoothing the ends Stand still Then Bert and I both stood and watched as, with one cross, a twist, and a yank, he tied the knot perfectly Wow, Bert said, looking down at it as Wes stepped back, examining his handiwork When did you learn that When I had to go to court, Wes told him He reached up, plucking the piece of tissue off his brother s face, then straightened the tie again Do you have enough money Bert snorted I prebought my ticket way back in March There s a chicken dinner and dessert It s all paid for Wes pulled out his wallet and slid out a twenty, tucking it into Bert s pocket No cologne, okay I do have to mention, though, that after the initial excitement slipped away, I couldn t help but notice the few irks that came to bother me the way Macy s mother was characterized, Kristy barely appearing after Macy and Wes grow closer, Wes himself not being given enough character building so that he essentially resembled a mirror image to Macy both have lost a parent, both have a bf gf on hold, both can t accept a compliment, etc , and it was too unequivocally convient to feel real And then the it also hit a bit of a rut when the catering crew, who were one of the biggest highlights for me, didn t appear in the following scenes.Overall, I had a nice walk down memory lane by rereading The Truth About Forever , but the memory of the book still holds appeal for me than the actual book.I did, however, really enjoy this Rex Orange County song that gets the mood of this read These next lines, in particular I ll find a spot that s just for me and see if I can cope without An ounce of pain, without an ounce of pain Said the likelihood just frightens me and it s easier to hide But I can t ignore it endlessly, eventually things die Note I m an Affiliate If you re interested in buying The Truth About Forever , just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commissionSupport creators you love Buy a Coffee for nat bookspoils with Ko fi.com bookspoils There Are Alternate Cover Editions For This ISBN Here And HereA Long, Hot SummerThat 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 FatherBut Sometimes, Unexpected Things Can Happen Things Such As The Catering Job At Wish, With Its Fun Loving, Chaotic Crew Or Her Sister S Project Of Renovating The Neglected Beach House, Awakening Long Buried Memories Things Such As Meeting Wes, A Boy With A Past, A Taste For Truth Telling, And An Amazing Artistic Talent, The Kind Of Boy Who Could Turn Any Girl S World Upside Down As Macy Ventures Out Of Her Shell, She Begins To Question Her Sheltered Life Is It Reallyalways Better To Be Safe Than Sorry 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 and so easy to relate to i wasnt really a fan of the romance in this, which is weird because i literally ship everyone and anyone, but it just felt like there really wasnt much there regardless, i love how macys development wasnt dependant on a boy overall, this was pretty enjoyable and im so happy to say that, although this may have been my first book by sarah dessen, it most certainly wont be my last ps i took this book on vacation with me but it turned out that i was only able to read a chapter here and there over the course of a week i normally read a book in a day or two, so i think the quick and random moments of reading made the story feel really disjointed for me i definitely think i would have had much enjoyable reading experience if i had read this like i do with other books so im rating this a 3.5 for now, but i definitely know it deserves higher 3.5 stars 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 campthen she meets Wes and the rest of the perky catering gang who will bring life to her monotonous, boring summer.The relationship between Macy and Wes was tender and I enjoyed their ongoing, adorable game of truth Although I was hoping for a little development with in their interactions, their connection possessed the memorable innocence which can only be obtained through youth The secondary characters were fun and also struggled internally proving that imperfection is not only acceptable, but endearing This story left me with a smile and a warm heart Its messages of hope, overcoming grief, and finding love were ones I hope to instill in my own daughter Very charming book, and perfectly appropriate for teens Book Stats Genre Category Young Adult Steam Caliber Clean Romance Tender and sweet Characters Well developed and layered Plot A broken girl finds hope in friendship and young love Writing Beautiful, effortless, engaging POV 1st Person Heroine Cliffhanger None Standalone HEA view spoiler Yes hide spoiler 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.Find of my books on Instagram 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 do is try to tell you how this story made me feelSo here goes Having lost a parent when I was about the same age as the heroine Macy I understand the emotions running through this story I know how difficult it is for the remaining parent to try and be the person everyone knows and also grieve for their partner To lose a partner is different to losing a parent I also understand why Macy ended up with Jason there is always a danger when we lose someone we love that the turmoil of our emotions attracts us to people who are in the long term not good for us too safe or too wild or too contoling , and was so glad that he was out of the picture for most of the story So when Macy decides to live dangerously and go to work for Wish I was overjoyed this was the next step for her, to escape the safe, and emotionally numb and sterile life that she had been living and start to find herself again I loved all of her new friends, Delia who plays opposite to her Mom, and Kristy who takes on the role of sibling best freind, and best of all Wes who was emotionally far older than his years and balanced the emotionally retarded character of Jason Whilst Monica and Bert have the role of younger siblings So the guys from Wish become a kind of surrogate family you notice the only father figure is Pete who never really plays an active part in story so is distant like Carolines Macys sister hubby I think all of these things hilight the choices and decisions Macy had to face, in this, an improtant turning point in her life I liked that an already emotive issue was not further complicated by sex, with Macy having to choose which path to take with regard to that The only downside for me was, what would Macy have done had Caroline not told her mother about Wes Wes and Macy form a close friendship and Macys mom disapproves to the point where she activly prevents Macy from seeing him and his good character, had Macys mom continued to exert her control over Macy would Macy have been strong enough to disobey and go her own way Having been under the emotional restrictions of a controlling parent I can say from my POV probably not, she would have got back with Jason and spent the rest of her life with an emotionally retarded man ruled by his ability to control people via a mindless set of lists So thumbs up to Caroline, who orchestrated and manipulated her mother with no one knowing, and in doing so set the wheels in motion for everyone to start the healing process and find themselves.So, would I read anything by Sarah Dessen again You bet 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 wholeNow that I finally have some time to put together a little bit of a coherent review, I m excited to give a little 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 something missing that made this an absolute perfect and epic win for me, it also touched me in a way not many books doand I think that deserves to be said Maybe that s what you got when you stood over your grief, facing it finally A sense of its depths, its area, the distance across, and the way over or around it, whichever you chose in the end In many ways, this author s writing reminded me of Heather Demetrios s I ll Meet You There This was an absolute favorite for me last year and an absolute shock It wasn t particularly fast paced nor was it action packed But every word, every page, every moment implanted itself into my heart and stole my breath As the book progressed it was built up in such a way that didn t bore you, yet you just NEEDED something to happen.this book was a lot like that However, it lacked all those intense, tugging emotions that made IMUT an emotionally packed gut punch Leaning out my window, at the odd angle I was, I found myself almost level with the top of his head A second later, when he looked up at me, we were face to face, and again, even under these circumstances, I was struck by how good looking he was, in that accidental, doesn t even know it kind of way Which only made it worse Or better Or whatever When what I wanted to happen happened, it certainly made me a total fangirl, but by then I had invested a ton of time and wanted a little Does that make sense I appreciated and loved the slow, syrupy feel of Dessen s world and her writing, but it lacked one key emotion to make me a forever fan Obsession The silence wasn t like the ones I d known lately, though it wasn t empty as much as chosen There s an entirely different feel to quiet when you re with someone else, and at any moment it could be broken Like the difference between a pause and an ending Probably my other large gripe was our main character s mother Come on Grief does absolutely horrible, dreadful, unspeakable things to a person, but I don t think when your daughter is sitting there telling you how much she likes people and how good they are that her kinds of reactions were necessary A little naivety Sure Blase tone Okay But that utter disregard for her daughter s feelings It bothered me far than I m even letting on now What were you two talking about she whispered as Wes pulled the doors shut Nothing, I said Running You should have seen your face, she said, her breath hot in my ear Sa wooooon And then there was Wessweet, adorable, loyal Wes Always there for her, always making her see herself the way she deserves to be seen And I think that s my favorite part about Wes He doesn t belittle her He always makes her search deep within herself for what makes her happy and not other people And he never makes her feel small He is just one of those perfect guys and you can t help but to love him from the moment you meet him no matter how small his part is, at first Events conspired to bring you back to where you d been It was what you did then that made all the difference it was all about potential Now, I know I didn t say much, but I just had to say than what I did below This book, while not a heart stopping and pulse pounding thriller by any means, is a great coming of age story And hell, I m 26 years old and I found some value in the deep, heartfelt words this author wrote through the eyes and mind of Macy We all can stand to learn something about ourselves and become introspective even if just for a moment As it is, this book, while not an absolute favorite, came at a time where I looked deep within myself and saw a little of Macy I don t want to live a life where I m living for others and not myselfand I m glad I can still relate to books like this What better way to get impartial advice than reading a wonderful book There is no better way For of my reviews, please visitThis was absolutely adorable Extremely well written and a lot deeper than I really thought it would be I was shocked It wasn t until I really got where I wanted to be in terms of the story that I realized I had been holding my breath in anticipationand that s a good sign, to me A tad slow in places, but building up to something deep, meaningful, and heartfelt I need books like this in my life It s the same description I ve used for other books, but I ll say it again It was like sitting on the front porch on a hot summer day sipping lemonade with a light breeze It was just that kind of book And this Wes Such a totally believable good guy who wasn t over the top perfect that I couldn t help but wish I had met him first Sweet, kind, attentive, and only wants what is best for Macy I fell in love with him slowly..then all at once hehe bad stealing lines from other books.RTC, maybe Depends how my weekend goes P 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 could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now You never know for sure, so you d better make every second count Full Review This book was so beautiful that I felt the urge to cry so many times, but not just for sadness, but because of all those strong emotions that this story has brought out of my heart.Truth being said, I think I ve felt in love that night, while reading it not only with Wes but with all the crew members from Wish I have a big heart in my tiny body, so maybe even Caroline can squeeze in there, also I have a lot of affection for Macy s father, and if she wasn t so damn stubborn Macy s mother could ve won a little spot too just a tiny one.I haven t enjoyed the side characters this much since maybe On the Jellicoe Road , I haven t cheered as much for the main characters since Anna and the French Kiss, I haven t cared this much for someone s as a character death since Winter Longing or The Hunger Games as a matter of fact Oh God, I simply love it This is a story about loss, and I understand it This is a story about first love, and remember it This is a story about beginnings, and I am already there This is a story about real life, and I am living it This is one of those beautiful books that I will grab some other time and read it again, and I really hope that I will be able to feel the same emotions, that I am going to love it even I liked the way every character in the story handled the loss in their life and how different their choices were Macy s mother and Wes found refugee in their work the same path but in such a different way Macy kept all the pain inside, waiting for it to just disappear in time, but in fact it only got stronger until it became unbearable I understood her friendship with Wes, how good it felt for her to talk to someone that could understand her and her fears, someone who could take the pain away with only an embrace, or a word, or an understanding smile Delia was a mixture between them all She knew how strong her pain was, and she learned how to live with it I liked the comparison with the hole in the road, I could understand her better Macy s sister was probably like me She was the one crying her heart out at the beginning, and after that she was the one trying to put the pieces of her life and even theirs back together.Now about the love story, oh, it was precious Macy and Wes are adorable, too adorable for words.It was such a slow development, in the best possible way, it made me feel like a teenager again, falling in love for the first time I loved their truth game and the way they kept finding out things about each other, it was nice to see how perfectly they fit together, how close they became day by day There are few couples in the YA literature that made me feel so much joy and sadness for them It s just crazy how beautiful this book really is And now I m at a loss for words, so go read the book and then tell the world how much you love it, because I bet you will, with all your heart the truth about forever is that it is happening right now This review can also be found at ReadingAfterMidnight.comBlog EN Facebook Twitter Tumblr Bloglovin Blog RO 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 what I thought he should have done or showed to me but he did not This could be wrong Reasons 1 Those experiences were for a father son relationship 2 I grew up with 3 other siblings 3 I was 16, 31 years ago almost 1 generation in between So, times, indeed changed already.Macy loves his father They run together every morning The father dies of heart attack one morning when Macy is too lazy getting up from bed So, Macy thinks that her father would still be alive if she was not lazy that morning She blames herself but she doesn t tell this to anyone As an outlet for this guilt, she tries to excel in everything she does in school, in the library where she works or in her occasional job at Wish Catering She thinks that by being excellent, she will be able to please her dead father and that somehow will ease up her guilt.Since the birth of my daughter, I ve been trying to be a hands on dad When I was growing up, my father was almost always at home because he was a plantation owner so he did not have to work at all So, in a way, he was there when I needed him but just like many traditional fathers he was distant especially when he was busy playing chess, drinking with his friends or reading newspaper He stayed seven years in college but was not a diligent my impression student and I could not remember an instance when he helped me with my homework except to correct my grammar or pronunciation when I read aloud my speeches prepared as required by my teachers I knew that my father was proud of us when we got good grades, medals or distinctions for excellent performance in school but he did not show any emotion in front of us I thought that I would have been happier as a child if he jumped up and down when I bought home medals from school or when it was announced that I was in the top 4 of my graduating clss in high school.So, when I became a father, I was like that Always jumping up and down and really appreciative of whatever good news my daughter told me Each day Each school report card Each school year I always tried attending her school events I was always eager listening to whatever news she brought home from school Pre school Elementary High school.Little did I know that she was feeling the pressure She thought that I was expecting too much from her She thought that I would like her to achieve what I achieved I knew this not even from my wife but from my wife s older sister who was closed to my daughter.So, where did I go wrong Where is that balance between too little and too much That was the dilemma of Macy in this book, The Truth About Forever. Where is that point to strike and the seesaw will stand still She thinks that Jason does not love her despite her trying to do her best in her work in the library She feels the pressure that she has brought to herself She assumes so many things that the unnecessary emotions have bottled up and so the seesaw is not balanced and her feelings are all mixed up and her life is in turmoil.I m too old to appreciate her romance with the tattooed Wes and I did not really care about his dark past Maybe my daughter would love this book But for me, I still liked this but not for that reason, that same reason why my Goodreads friends, liked this I read this as a father and I liked it Thank you, Tina, for recommending this book Thank you, Sheryl for lending me this copy Thank you, Maria for being my reading buddy I struggled finishing this book I felt the pressure but it was worth it Thank you Thank you
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- The Truth About Forever
- Sarah Dessen
- 28 May 2019 Sarah Dessen