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The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen

2010/05/12

Sixteen-year-old Macy (like the store) is planning on having a quiet, boring summer. Still dealing with her father’s recent death, worrying about her workaholic mother, and being separated from her academically focused boyfriend, Macy doesn’t expect to get recruited into and hired by a chaotic catering company run by a very pregnant woman named Delia. Still, maybe a little chaos is what she needs to break up her monotonous summer. The Wish Catering crew, including Monica, Kristy, Bert, and Wes, bring energy and enthusiasm to Macy’s life, something which she has kept away from since the death of her father. Macy’s married sister, Caroline, also has big plans for the summer, which includes fixing up the family’s old beach house and spending a week together as a family — something which their mother is adamantly against.

I found the characters in this novel to be rather uninteresting. Though Dessen tries to imbue them with quirky personalities and idiosyncrasies, I did not feel any particular attachment to them. Perhaps it’s the bad rap that librarians and working the library gets. I appreciate that the novel addresses the issue of grief, and the different ways that people deal with loss — Macy by putting up a front of strength, Caroline by emotional outpouring, their mother by throwing herself into her work. Fans of Dessen will likely enjoy this one, but some of her other works are better written.

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