Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen {#JustContemporary}

Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen is looking forward to a long, boring summer. Her boyfriend is going away. She’s stuck with a dull-as-dishwater job at the library. And she’ll spend all of her free time studying for the SATs or grieving silently with her mother over her father’s recent unexpected death. But everything changes when Macy is corralled into helping out at one of her mother’s open house events, and she meets the chaotic Wish Catering crew. Before long, Macy joins the Wish team. She loves everything about the work and the people. But 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.
I’m not doing my typical review here {I’m in a hurry, sorry!}.
The Truth About Forever was my first Sarah Dessen book.  It actually sat on my shelf for well over a year before I picked it up but as soon as I did I was immediately drawn in.  The one thing that really stood out to me was the characters.  Each one was so well done that I could connect with each one of them much more then I normally can.  The whole time I was reading the book I was just amazed at how Sarah made each one so real and relate-able.  I mean even the less important side characters had super strong and amazing personalities.  
It’s been several weeks now since I read the book and since I wasn’t able to write a review right after reading it it’s hard to pick it apart and name every little thing like I like to do.  Especially when I really like a book as much as I liked this one.  And I still remember it quite well, just not all the details as clearly as I would like.  
I think I found some things to be pretty predictable, but it’s contemporary and how many surprises can really be thrown in?  I just enjoyed watching the journey of Macy and Wes and even everyone else on the Wish Catering crew.  I really wanted Macy to really find herself and discover she is so much more then she thinks she is and it was a great ride watching her grow.  
And the banter and relationship growth between Macy and Wes was great as well.  They became good friends before they were anything else and we really got to watch their feelings become something.  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. 
This was my first Sarah Dessen book, but it’s definitely not my last!  I’m very eager to read more of her books and am pretty certain I’ll have a Sarah Dessen shelf for all her books 😉

5/5 stars 

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  1. I have yet to read a Sarah Dessen book, so maybe I should start with this one too:) I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about her work, but somehow I just never seem to pick one up. Must change that if you gave your first book of hers a 5/5!

  2. Ah! So glad to see your review on this one. :) This is my FAVORITE Dessen book, so I’m afraid that since it’s your first book by her, the rest will be disappointing. :/ Macy and Wes are just so incredible together! <3

  3. Yay! I’m so happy you read this one! This is my favorite Sarah Dessen book, I think it was also my first Dessen book! I loved Wes, I really want to go back to re-read this one soon since it has been so long.

    Thanks for the great review, I hope you continue to enjoy Dessen’s writing. :)

  4. Ooh! Starting at the top! :) Almost everyone I’ve talked to says that this is their favorite Dessen novel.

    I’ve read about half her books & so far I agree, this is my favorite overall, although I will say that Owen from Just Listen is my favorite Dessen boy so far :)

    I’m glad you liked this one! I put off reading Dessen for a long time and I’m glad I finally got over that because she’s awesome!

  5. This was my first Dessen book too! It was years ago in my post-Twilight I want to read YA stage (that never ended?). I loved it and then I devoured all the rest of her books that were out at the time. They are all a bit predictable, but just fun! I should read the ones I’ve missed out on soon.

  6. Can you believe that I haven’t read anything by Sarah Dessen? And I’m a fan of contemporary stuff. Maybe it’s because they all look very lovey dovey to me and I need to overcome judging a book by its cover.

    I’m happy to see that your first foray into Sarah Dessen-land was a good one!

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