The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

81%

37 Critic Reviews

Readers will cheer Macy on as she tentatively reenters the world of the living by taking risks and relearning how to act spontaneously, embracing change rather than avoiding it.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

A New York Times bestseller
 
Expect the unexpected.
 
Macy’s got her whole summer carefully planned.
 
But her plans didn’t include a job at Wish Catering. And they certainly didn’t include Wes.
 
But Macy soon discovers that the things you expect least are sometimes the things you need most.
 
“Dessen gracefully balances comedy with tragedy and introduces a complex heroine worth getting to know.” —Publishers Weekly
 
Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Dreamland
Just Listen
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
That Summer
This Lullaby
What Happened to Goodbye
 

About Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen is the author of seven previous novels for young adults, including the "New York Times" bestseller "Just Listen," She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
 
Published April 6, 2006 by Speak. 398 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Truth About Forever
All: 37 | Positive: 32 | Negative: 5

Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 03 2004

Readers will cheer Macy on as she tentatively reenters the world of the living by taking risks and relearning how to act spontaneously, embracing change rather than avoiding it.

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Dear Author

Above average
Reviewed by Jayne S on Oct 08 2008

My review ends with a good grade and feeling because Macy does seem like she’s truly learned something by the end of the summer and also come to appreciate who she is and what her feelings are.

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All About Romance

Good
Reviewed by Rachel Potter on Aug 23 2014

I finished The Truth about Forever in one day and after I read the last page, I flipped it open to the beginning to read it again. The writing is polished and symbolic...

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Fiction Writers Review

Good
Reviewed by CASEY TOLFREE on Oct 02 2012

I’d read Dessen before, but none of her earlier books are like this one, and only one of her later books really reached me in the same way. The timing of Forever made that book for me, but Dessen’s talented prose and deep characters keep me coming back.

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The Northern Echo

Good
Reviewed by Emily O’Hara on Nov 16 2009

The dynamic group show Macy how to live and she slowly starts discover herself and her personal goals and what she wants...I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and couldn’t put it down!

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by snowybutterfly on Sep 29 2014

Macy's memories play a fairly large part in the story. Although it may take a minute for the reader to adjust to the current setting, these flashbacks generally aren't confusing, and add a lot to the book.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Gabs(: on Sep 29 2014

The Truth About Forever is truly an amazing book. One that makes you truly wonder about yourself and one that almost any teenage girl can relate too.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Danielle M. on Dec 17 2010

Change is just a part of life and you have to trust what's right and go with it. To me, the author did a great job saying what she wanted about the struggles of being a teenager.

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Story Snoops

Above average
Reviewed by Tiffany on Sep 29 2014

The Truth About Forever is a moving story about working through grief, and learning to open up and live again.

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Parental Book Reviews

Excellent
on Nov 01 2014

Sarah Dessen is a master of imagery in every novel I have read by her and this novel is definitely towards the top of the list. The Truth About Forever may appear to be for teenage girls, but I personally feel any reader could find some small way to relate to the book.

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Sophisticated Dorkiness

Above average
Reviewed by Jenny on Aug 24 2009

I know what ready this story has had an impact on me when I was younger, and for me it is a book that I go back and read during times that are more difficult than others to remind myself what is important in life and what is a waste of efforts. Plus it is just a fun book to read.

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Book Addiction

Above average
Reviewed by Heather on Mar 25 2009

It’s ok – this one was still good. It was just missing a little something that Just Listen had… some extra oomph.

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Confessions of a Book Addict

Excellent
Reviewed by Christina on May 23 2011

Although The Truth About Forever seems like a dark and depressing read, it definitely isn't. There are moments that had me smiling from ear to ear, such as Wes and Macy's relationship, and moments that made me laugh out loud, like when Macy is working with the catering crew. The ending was perfect too...

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A Musing Reviews

Above average
on Jan 19 2011

...the best thing about Wish is Wes—artistic, insightful, and understanding Wes—who gets Macy to look at life in a whole new way, and really start living it.

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It's Time to Read

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Apr 06 2010

This might be aimed at teenagers but I think adults will enjoy this book too. I read over 300 pages in one go, I was hooked and I was sad when the book ended.

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Candace's Book Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Candace on Nov 23 2011

I thought it was great that we watched a relationship truly develop and become something instead of thinking two people are deeply in love but they really don’t know each other yet.

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YA Librarian Tales

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah on Sep 06 2010

The family dynamics that were portrayed in this book were my favorite. Whether it was Macy's family, trying to be perfect, or the family of Wish Catering...I have to rant about one major thing. In this book, Macy is hired to work the information desk at her local public library. Let me just say it now: TOTALLY UNREALISTIC!

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Caught Between the Pages

Excellent
Reviewed by Kayla on Oct 24 2010

The Truth About Forever gets 5/5 stars. I definitely recommend it! It deals with grief, romance, and humor. All in all, a great young adult book.

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Forever Young Adult

Excellent
Reviewed by Posh Deluxe on Aug 05 2010

...this book and I are TOGETHER 4-EVER. I cherish every page, I adore every word, and I promise to have and to hold this book for as long as we both shall live-- AND THEN SOME.

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Emilie's Book World

Excellent
Reviewed by Emilie on Jul 21 2010

The Truth About Forever is one of my all-time favorite books. I’ve read it countless times and just love it even more every time I read it.

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The Book Barbies

Good
Reviewed by Sharon on Mar 04 2013

The Truth About Forever is my all-time favorite YA book. Yes, a lot of this is because of Wes, not to mention Kristy and the rest of the Best Cast of Secondary Characters Ever. But I could not love a book this much if it had a heroine I disliked or disrespected. Macy has a strength I very much admire.

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The Allure of Books

Good
Reviewed by Allison on May 31 2010

I definitely recommend picking this up. Sarah Dessen is such a fantastic author with her awesome characters, and in my opinion this is her best.

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I Eat Words

Good
Reviewed by I Eat Words on Jun 01 2013

The Truth About Forever is one of my absolute favorites, mostly because of the vast and different arrangement of fun characters!

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Imaginary Reads

Good
Reviewed by Kris on Jul 21 2011

It is about heartbreak and learning to overcome our weaknesses. I recommend this book to all girls looking for a realistic, heart-touching contemporary read.

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One More Page

Excellent
Reviewed by Tina on May 23 2011

So yeah, even on my third reread, I still loved The Truth About Forever. It reminds me of why I started reading YA and why I like the contemporary genre.

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bookgoonie

Above average
on Jul 06 2011

I found myself wanting to shake her or yelling for Macy and Wes to kiss. Even though there is an incredibly “real” romance between these two, Delia’s words of wisdom are my favorite.

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Feeling a Little Bookish

Above average
Reviewed by alittlebookish on Apr 06 2012

The book ended as predicted, happily and it was just the kind of book that I needed at the time. Overall, there were many things that I enjoyed about this book but it just wasn't my favourite.

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Reading Addict

Good
on May 08 2010

Sarah Dessen really connects with her readers. As you read, you truly become part of the story. Macy is such a realistic character and I couldn't help but relate to her.

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Reading After Midnight

Excellent
on Jun 17 2011

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.

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Word Bird

Good
Reviewed by Madeleine Rex on Jul 09 2010

It just seemed as though there was hardly any depth to him. However, it’s barely noticeable while you’re reading. I was too swept away by everything, by the fun that is reading this book, to realize much about him until afterward.

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Book Strings

Excellent
Reviewed by Devan on May 14 2011

Macy's summer jobs were fun to read about as well because I could relate to working in a library since I had a good portion during college.

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Book Rain

Above average
on Apr 03 2011

...this seems to be most people’s favorite Dessen novel. I’ll have to read some more to get a better handle on things I guess. Despite saying that I think the The Truth about Forever has a quiet sort of confidence about it.

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Melissa's Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on Dec 31 2009

If you enjoy Dessen's books, I can't imagine that you wouldn't enjoy this one. With The Truth About Forever, she has come a long way from her first book, but it is still classic Sarah Dessen.

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Leafing Through Life

Excellent
Reviewed by Megan on Jun 07 2009

This is my first Sarah Dessen but definitely won't be my last. Everything about this story just seems so right, and I can't recommend it heartily enough. (You must reeeeaaaad it...now!)

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Teen Lit Rocks

Good
Reviewed by Diana on May 01 2013

Dessen deals with grief, love, friendship, family, and the idea of what “perfect” really means. This is definitely one to put on your TBR list.

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Breaking Books

Below average
Reviewed by Susan on Jan 08 2012

I had a hard time getting through the book. There wasn’t anything wrong with it, but it wasn’t anything special in my eyes. It was written very well, but there were times the back story of the dad was too much.

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Harmony Book Reviews

Above average
on Jan 23 2008

I’d definitely recommend The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen to anyone who enjoys books with three dimensional characters, a touch of romance, and a great plot.

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