Published by Putnam Juvenile on 11 May 2004
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Parents, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Young Adult
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Also by this author: That Summer
Place(s) Traveled To: Lakeview, North Carolina
First Line(s): Jason was going to Brain Camp. It had another name, a real name, but that’s what everyone called it.
Its no secret that I’ve read much Sarah Dessen but she is definitely one author that gets recommended to me a lot and most recently people have been telling me about The Truth About Forever so I decided to give it a shot. The Truth About Forever is told from the POV of Macy who at the start of the book is dating a robot named Jason. He’s pretty boring and emotionless and as she is as well I almost didn’t read much further. Coupled with one of the most vile mothers on the written page I spent a lot of time being annoyed by this book. That is until I met Wes. Wes was an amazing character and he turned Macy from being a robot into a real girl.
The start of The Truth About Forever was very slow and the ending felt rushed and inconclusive but I liked the middle. I liked when Macy was ditched by her boyfriend and when she started to actually live her life. Although this causes her much trouble at home as her mother prefers her to be an emotionless robot who does nothing but sit at home and study. All while complaining that she doesn’t have friends. But when Macy starts to meet people and to show some emotion her mother goes ballistic and then grounds her.
While the pacing was off here I did really like how Wes and Macy interacted and I would have loved to have more scenes with them. They had this wonderful chemistry that simply lept off the page. I also liked Wes’s brother and his friends and how they all breathed life into Macy. Despite the things that I didn’t like about The Truth About Forever it was a fast read. I read this one in a single sitting and if the ending was just a little bit more then I probably would have rated this one higher. I also liked this one better than the first Sarah Dessen book that I read and so I am now more curious about her other books than I ever have been before. The only question is, which one?