Thursday, 9 August 2012

Book Review: The truth about Forever By Sarah Dessen

Title:  The truth about Forever
Author: Sarah Dessen
Series: N/A Stand Alone
Publication Date: May 11th 2004
Publisher: Penguin group inc.
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0142406252 
Length: 374 pages
Genre: Contemporary/Romance
Age group: Young Adult
Source: Bought
Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US | The book depository

Synopsis (From Goodreads)
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 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 wonder, Is it really better to be safe than sorry?

I'm not gonna lie i was very sceptical going into this book. A few years ago i read Just Listen and Lock and Key by the Same author and was not very impressed. I didn't understand why everybody loved Sarah Dessens's books so much. Well let me tell you that now i most certainly do.

This book blew me away. After excepting so little from it, it completely exceeded every single one of my expectations(which there were very little of) and I loved everything about it: The writing style, Macy's voice, the story line, the metaphors, the characters and thats just to mention a few. Don't get me started on Wes. He's been added to my already long list of fiction boys i love and within the first seconds of him being introduced i was already swooning. 

Macy the main character is trying to recover from her fathers death, while hiding behind her oh so 'perfect' all day studying, hard working, good girl, persona just so people will think she's fine. But then she meets the crazy,disastrous catering company from hell and all the lovely, complex people with it. I loved how Sarah Dessen showed, throughout the book, Macy's character development and recovery from her fathers death. She made it relatable and i think you will all agree with me, when i say that i really emphasised with Macy. 

I also really loved Sarah Dessen's writing style. She had a way of writing which reminded me of poetry, it seemed to flow naturally up until the very end. Her metaphors also made it that bit more special, with them continuing to amaze me. She also made me laugh which was something i defiantly didn't except.

Overall this book had me entranced to the very last page. I was invested in every single character and because of this book i will now defiantly be reading and re-reading her other novels. 
And that is why i am giving this book a fat five out of five stars!
Until next time- Happy reading!


  1. Awww this book is definitely one of my favorite Sarah Dessen novels! And Wes! I definitely swooned for him too. How could anyone not?!
    Great review! I loved how you described Dessen's writing style!

    Oh, you should definitely check out This Lullaby or Along for the Ride. Those two are also great! :)

    1. Because you are my first commenter I feel like I should give you a prize or something...haha and Me too! Omg I just want to find a wes and hug him! He's just...ahhhh. Exactly, how could anybody dislike wes?! Ah thankyou!
      I definitely will! Thankyou:)

  2. Great review! This is exactly how I felt about The Truth About Forever, too! I did like Just Listen and Lock and Key almost as much, though - I'm a huge Sarah Dessen fan! If you want a light, a bit faster-paced and quite funny book by her I think you shoul try Someone Like You - I found it to be very different from her other novels :)

    1. Thankyou! Yeah, I want to re-read them! Thankyou very much for the suggestion!! I shall definitely check it out:)