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Author: Sarah Dessen

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Posted by Irish in 3.5 Stars, Review, Young Adult2 Comments

Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah DessenTruth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Published by Putnam Juvenile on 11 May 2004
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Parents, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Young Adult
Pages: 374
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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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.

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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?


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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Review: That Summer by Sarah Dessen

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Young Adult2 Comments

Review: That Summer by Sarah DessenThat Summer by Sarah Dessen
Published by Viking Juvenile on 01 January 1996
Genres: Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Young Adult
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Also by this author: Truth About Forever

Place(s) Traveled to: Virginia

First Line(s): It’s funny how one summer can change everything.

Considering how this book came out during a time when I was an actual teenager its kind of shocking to me that I didn’t learn of it until a few years back. Growing up I was in the book store every week picking out the 3 books that my mother allowed me to get. Oh she didn’t restrict what I could buy just the quantity. I would scour the shelves looking for new books that I thought were worthwhile to read. There were no book blogs then, no twitter, no easy way to know if a book had the potential to be good or to avoid it at all costs. This was also a time with very little YA reading so I spent a lot of time in the sci-fi/fantasy section. But I would always drift over the the few shelves of YA and see if there was anything new mixed in with RL Stine’s Fear Street or the Sweet Valley High books.

As a teen I think that I might have liked this book more than I did reading it as an adult. There was no depth to it and Haven came across as a tad bit whiny. Nothing ever really seemed to happen in this book, with the exception of Haven dwelling on the past and thinking that life would be perfect if they could just return to a time before. But when you don’t know the whole story then that oh so perfect past may not be so perfect after all.

I think I would have liked this one more if there was something deeper between Haven and Sumner. Or between Haven and any of the characters. All her interactions were very separate and on the surface. Haven isn’t happy about her parents divorce but she’s fine with him getting remarried. She’s not fine with this other thing but then she is. She is a very bland, blah character and I got bored being in her head for the whole book.

The writing was good tough so I will probably check other Sarah Dessen books in the future. I just think that That Summer wasn’t for me. Though I think that its a book that will be appreciated more by younger teens. It was a quick read but in the end this one was nothing special for me.