#64- The Truth About Forever
I have been reading Sarah Dessen books for about as long as I can remember, and having read this one a while back I decided to re-read it while on my trip this week in order to make a better review.
The Truth About Forever follows a girl named Macy and her struggle after losing her father. Macy and her father have always bonded over their shared love of running, all of hat changes when one morning he wakes her up bright and early and she turns over and is too sleepy to go as usual. About five minutes later she changes her mind, slips on her shoes and heads out the door. She never expected that when she caught up to him he would be lying on the sidewalk getting CPR from a helpful passerby. Despite the best of efforts, her father dies that day.
The book starts nearly a year and a half after that day, we are introduced to Macy's boyfriend Jason within the first chapter. Jason is perfect in every sense of the word, he is on student council, wins all of his academic debates and decathlons, maintains a perfect GPA and works part time at the library information desk. To Macy he signifies order and perfection in her world of chaos.
That is until summer rolls around, Jason leaves for brain camp (as Macy calls it, on the packing list includes calculators and laptops so I imagine its very smart) and sends an email a week later saying that they need to take a break and see whether their futures have the same ideas. (He's a very calculated person, sending an unemotional email and freaking out because Macy told him he loved him after a year and a half of dating. Seems like a dud to me, Macy obviously doesnt feel the same way)
The night of the email Macy works for her mother at an event and meets the people that will change her life, Wish catering company. Delia, the very pregnant owner with child in tow is having an awful night, her workers are being efficient enough and shes flustered, Macy comes to the rescue and ends up working the event with them.
After that night, she somehow gets roped into working for the catering company even more, meeting Kristy; a beautiful girl whose life was almost taken in a car crash as a child, although she has scars on her face she thinks of everything in life in the most optimistic of ways. Monica; Kristy's sister who is very soft-spoken and has the nickname of monotone. Bert; Delia's nephew who believes in armagedon and the idea of crazy things. Then there is Wes; Delia's oldest nephew, after some run-ins with the law he was sent to a reform school and when he returns his spirit is changed, choosing artistic means to get his feelings out.
Working in the chaos of the catering company helps Macy come to terms with both growing up and growing over her grief. While also making new friendships and a bit of romance along the way.
I really enjoyed this book, I started it in the airport before my flight and finished it by the time I landed back in California. Only a few hours later. It was a quick easy read and I really felt the characters emotions throughout the novel. At first I was under the impression that this was the kind of book where the boyfriend goes to camp and the girl falls in love with the mysterious stranger she meets over the summer and I was pissed, in fact I almost stopped at page 37... then she got the email from Jason about the break and I immediately felt better about it. Thanks to Dessen for not being too cliche and helping people think that cheating was okay! (thats my hugest book pet peeve, love is not an excuse to cheat. sorry)
Overall this book was a treat, one that I was able to gobble up very quickly.
“It's just that...I just think that some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It's the universe's way of providing contrast, you know? There have to be a few holes in the road. It's how life is.”