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The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever (2004)

by Sarah Dessen

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    Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (f_ing_kangaroo, avid_reader25)
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    Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson (writemeg)
    writemeg: Another incredible book examining the loss of a parent, and the "catalysts" that propel us to wade through our grief -- and emerge on the other side.

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Macy and her mother are playing charades: they are pretending everything is "fine just fine" since Macy's father died. Unable to grieve, Macy is also unable to grow or change - until she begins working with the Wish Catering crew and meets Delia, Kristy, Monica, Bert, and especially Wes.


I'd tried to hold myself apart, doling out bits and pieces of who I was. But that only works for so long. Eventually, even the smallest fragments can't help but make a whole. (129)

"Mostly I'm just trying to get it right, whatever that means." (Wes to Macy, 139)

Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, to how it holds you to a place. (180)

I wondered why it was I kept coming back to this, again and again, a word that you said when someone asked you how you were but didn't really care to know the truth. (342)

But if something was really important, fate made sure it somehow came back to you and gave you another chance. (346)

There is a certain relief in things getting as bad as they could be. (355) ( )
  JennyArch | Apr 18, 2016 |
Seven discs into it, I stopped. For me, it was too much of Macy's constant navel-gazing ruminations. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this book. I believe that the character, Macy is like most teens. Trying to be perfect for their parents. I love the point in the book where she finds herself and finally understands that she doesn't have to be perfect. ( )
  harleyqgrayson02 | May 17, 2015 |
this book is a young adult book but is one of my favorites. the book was the first book I read by Sarah dessen then I got all her books after reading this
  tennagedream | Apr 22, 2015 |
This book is absolutely adorable and inspirational! ( )
  Nessa24Flutist | Apr 6, 2015 |
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With her sixth novel, award-winning author Sarah Dessen offers up another generous helping of finely crafted storytelling about real teens dealing with real life. In The Truth About Forever, when asked how she is coping with her father's death, invariably seventeen year old Macy Queen's answer is "fine," when nothing could be further from the truth. In actuality, she is drowning in grief while maintaining a flawless façade of good grades and unblemished behavior. Though she feels lost when her boyfriend heads to "Brain Camp" for the summer, she finds herself a job with the quirky Wish Catering crew, and meets "sa-woon"-worthy Wes, whose chaotic lifestyle is in direct opposition to her own. As the two share their stories over the summer, Macy realizes she can no longer keep her feelings on ice. Though it feels like her future endedwith her dad's death, Macy's learns that forever is all about beginnings. Dessen charts Macy's navigation of grief in such an honest way it will touch every reader who meets her. All of the Dessen trademarks are here: a girl in transition, a wonderfully fleshed out cast of secondary characters, and of course, the luminous, powerful writing itself. The Truth About Forever will more than satisfy Dessen's legion of fans, and will win her countless more as well. Highly recommended. (Ages 12 and up) --Jennifer Hubert

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The summer following her father's death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.

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