The Truth About Forever

The Truth About Forever❮PDF / Epub❯ ☆ The Truth About Forever ✪ Author Sarah Dessen – That's what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend Jason is away at Brain Camp Days will be spent at a boring job in the library evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs an That's what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend Jason is away at Brain Camp Days will be spent at a boring job in the library evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs and spare time will be passed with her mother the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy's fatherBut sometimes unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish with its fun loving chaotic crew Or her sister's project of renovating the neglected beach house awakening long buried memories Things such The Truth eBook ß as meeting Wes a boy with a past a taste for Truth telling and an amazing artistic talent the kind of boy who could turn any girl's world upside down As Macy ventures out of her shell she begins to uestion her sheltered life. I never ever would have read Sarah Dessen if it weren't for my GoodReads friends I'm not much on chick lit and I only occasionally come across realistic YA fiction that I truly enjoy so I was extremely wary of what lay behind those pretty book covers even though most of the reviews were positively gushingI fell for this book really hard really fast however I expected a light hopefully somewhat amusing read but what I got instead was a uiet deep story that I absolutely loved reading from beginning to end I felt so much empathy for Macy who struggles to be the perfect daughter but feels small and unimportant in so many aspects of her life The author also wrote incredibly touching examples of how people process grief in different ways especially in how Macy witnessed her father's death as well as the funny and bittersweet packages that continue to arrive for him I also found Macy's relationships with her mom and her sister to be painfully familiar as well as believably awkward and flawedThis isn't a doom and gloom Message Book however; it's surprisingly sweet and warm and grounded in a way that so many of these types of books are not I loved the way Macy's friendships with Kristy and Monica and Delia and Bert as well as her than friends relationship with Wes are portrayed view spoilerLamest ex boyfriend ever though But the uppity mean girls at the library were totally believable hide spoiler I thank this book for giving me an important insight on what could be going on in the mind of a 16 year old girl in today's worldYou see I am a father of a girl of that same age The age of the Macy the narrator main protagonist of this book My daughter is my only child For the past 16 years I have been trying to be a good father But what is a good father? Since there is no school in good parenting most of my styles come from what I thought were the good points my father showed me or what I thought he should have done or showed to me but he did not This could be wrong Reasons 1 Those experiences were for a father son relationship; 2 I grew up with 3 other siblings; 3 I was 16 31 years ago almost 1 generation in between So times indeed changed alreadyMacy loves his father They run together every morning The father dies of heart attack one morning when Macy is too lazy getting up from bed So Macy thinks that her father would still be alive if she was not lazy that morning She blames herself but she doesn't tell this to anyone As an outlet for this guilt she tries to excel in everything she does in school in the library where she works or in her occasional job at Wish Catering She thinks that by being excellent she will be able to please her dead father and that somehow will ease up her guiltSince the birth of my daughter I've been trying to be a hands on dad When I was growing up my father was almost always at home because he was a plantation owner so he did not have to work at all So in a way he was there when I needed him but just like many traditional fathers he was distant especially when he was busy playing chess drinking with his friends or reading newspaper He stayed seven years in college but was not a diligent my impression student and I could not remember an instance when he helped me with my homework except to correct my grammar or pronunciation when I read aloud my speeches prepared as reuired by my teachers I knew that my father was proud of us when we got good grades medals or distinctions for excellent performance in school but he did not show any emotion in front of us I thought that I would have been happier as a child if he jumped up and down when I bought home medals from school or when it was announced that I was in the top 4 of my graduating clss in high schoolSo when I became a father I was like that Always jumping up and down and really appreciative of whatever good news my daughter told me Each day Each school report card Each school year I always tried attending her school events I was always eager listening to whatever news she brought home from school Pre school Elementary High schoolLittle did I know that she was feeling the pressure She thought that I was expecting too much from her She thought that I would like her to achieve what I achieved I knew this not even from my wife but from my wife's older sister who was closed to my daughterSo where did I go wrong? Where is that balance between too little and too much?That was the dilemma of Macy in this book The Truth About Forever Where is that point to strike and the seesaw will stand still? She thinks that Jason does not love her despite her trying to do her best in her work in the library She feels the pressure that she has brought to herself She assumes so many things that the unnecessary emotions have bottled up and so the seesaw is not balanced and her feelings are all mixed up and her life is in turmoilI'm too old to appreciate her romance with the tattooed Wes and I did not really care about his dark past Maybe my daughter would love this book But for me I still liked this but not for that reason that same reason why my Goodreads friends liked this I read this as a father and I liked it Thank you Tina for recommending this book Thank you Sheryl for lending me this copy Thank you Maria for being my reading buddy I struggled finishing this book I felt the pressure but it was worth it Thank you Thank you First thoughtsI might need to change my rating system for this book to be given only 5 stars Also i need some time to sort out my feelings between both overwhelming joy and sadness and come up with a proper review because i have lots of wows in my mind right now but i fear that it might not be enough to express how beautiful this book really isThis story really touched a soft spot in my heartIt's all in the view That's what I mean about forever too For any one of us our forever could end in an hour or a hundred years from now You never know for sure so you'd better make every second count Full ReviewThis book was so beautiful that I felt the urge to cry so many times but not just for sadness but because of all those strong emotions that this story has brought out of my heartTruth being said I think I've felt in love that night while reading it not only with Wes but with all the crew members from Wish I have a big heart in my tiny body so maybe even Caroline can sueeze in there also I have a lot of affection for Macy's father and if she wasn't so damn stubborn Macy's mother could've won a little spot too just a tiny oneI haven't enjoyed the side characters this much since maybe On the Jellicoe Road I haven't cheered as much for the main characters since Anna and the French Kiss I haven't cared this much for someone's as a character death since Winter Longing or The Hunger Games as a matter of fact Oh God I simply love itThis is a story about loss and I understand it; This is a story about first love and remember it; This is a story about beginnings and I am already there; This is a story about real life and I am living it This is one of those beautiful books that I will grab some other time and read it again and I really hope that I will be able to feel the same emotions that I am going to love it even I liked the way every character in the story handled the loss in their life and how different their choices were Macy's mother and Wes found refugee in their work the same path but in such a different way Macy kept all the pain inside waiting for it to just disappear in time but in fact it only got stronger until it became unbearable I understood her friendship with Wes how good it felt for her to talk to someone that could understand her and her fears someone who could take the pain away with only an embrace or a word or an understanding smile Delia was a mixture between them all She knew how strong her pain was and she learned how to live with it I liked the comparison with the hole in the road I could understand her better Macy's sister was probably like me She was the one crying her heart out at the beginning and after that she was the one trying to put the pieces of her life and even theirs back togetherNow about the love story oh it was precious Macy and Wes are adorable too adorable for wordsIt was such a slow development in the best possible way it made me feel like a teenager again falling in love for the first time I loved their truth game and the way they kept finding out things about each other it was nice to see how perfectly they fit together how close they became day by day There are few couples in the YA literature that made me feel so much joy and sadness for them 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 the truth about forever is that it is happening right now This review can also be found at ReadingAfterMidnightcomBlog EN | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Bloglovin' | Blog RO aw this was super cute this was my first sarah dessen book and it lived up to all of my expectationsthis story had amazing character development probably some of the best i have ever read in a YA contemporary i loved reading about macys journey at such a crucial time in her life those teenage years of figuring out who she is and what she wants from life not to mention having to cope with the loss of her father i felt like how she handled all of the change in her life was very genuine and so easy to relate to i wasnt really a fan of the romance in this which is weird because i literally ship everyone and anyone but it just felt like there really wasnt much there? regardless i love how macys development wasnt dependant on a boy overall this was pretty enjoyable and im so happy to say that although this may have been my first book by sarah dessen it most certainly wont be my lastps i took this book on vacation with me but it turned out that i was only able to read a chapter here and there over the course of a week i normally read a book in a day or two so i think the uick and random moments of reading made the story feel really disjointed for me i definitely think i would have had much enjoyable reading experience if i had read this like i do with other books so im rating this a 35 for now but i definitely know it deserves higher ↠ 35 stars Cute Boys Late Summer Nights and Blossoming FriendshipsMy umpteenth reread of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl  made me realize how compulsively readable the contemporary books that made my 2014'15 were So the ueen of the genre aka Sarah Dessen had to make a comeback for my next rereadThey just don’t make them like this any I've yet to experience a new summer contemporary read that receives the surrounding hype of Stephanie Perkins's  Anna and the French Kiss  Morgan Matson's   Since You've Been Gone and Dessen's   The Truth About Forever Reading this made me recall how I achingly miss that feeling of fun and ease those iconic books that scream of summer provided when I needed it the most I mean remembering my reading experience of these books now feels like sifting through teen memories and even though I didn't encounter the described events personally I experienced so much joy reading them that they simply feel like mine And it's exactly this rush of emotion that I haven't felt in a while with a YA bookNow I definitely feel the keen need to revisit of the kind in the near future But in the meantime I've compiled a list of things I adored within this reread• The tiny random moments of resemblance Fangirl shares with The Truth About Forever I had to note it down with the former book still so fresh in my mind Wes's pickup truck coming to save the day Levi's red truck Macy's denying invitations Cath Bert pushing the doors with too much gusto Reagan's uirk• My favorite catering crew to exist in fiction aka Wish Catering with their tiny mishaps somehow always solved before the night is done I definitely had to rearrange my expectations when it came to them since I recalled the dynamics between the crew a tad different but still they were so good“They honestly seemed to believe that things would just work out And the weirdest thing was they did Somehow Eventually Although even when I was standing right there I couldn't say how”• One of my favorite scenes arose out of Macy sharing with Kristy her experience of being in a relationship with Jason whose constant need for perfection makes her fall short again and again in his eyes and conseuently makes her doubt her every move So Kristy makes sure to pass onto Macy her confidence“—would totally want to hear say she loved him You're smart you're gorgeous you're a good person I mean what makes him such a catch anyway? Who is he to judge?He's Jason I said for lack of a better argumentWell he's a fuckhead She sucked down the rest of her beer And if I were you I'd be glad to be rid of him Because anyone that can make you feel that bad about yourself is toxic you know?He doesn't make me feel bad about myself I said knowing even as my lips formed the words this was exactly what he did Or what I let him do It was hard to sayWhat you need Kristy said what you deserve is a guy who adores you for what you are Who doesn't see you as a project but a prize You know?I'm no prize I said shaking my headYes she said and she sounded so sure it startled me like she could be so positive while hardly knowing me at all You are What sucks is how you can't even see itIt brought to mind this empowering exchange from Skam • The ongoing gotcha scare game shared between the two brothers Wes and Bert reminded me of the trailer for the upcoming film Tag and the true story behind it titled I've played a game of tag for 23 years The game came from a bad period in life that later blossomed into a concrete focal point for the brothers“Truthfully it's just this dumb thing we started about a year ago It pretty much came from us living alone in the house after my mom died It was really uiet so it was easy to sneak around”“Plus Wes continued there's just something fun every once in a while about getting the shit scared out of you You know?”• Speaking of seeing Wes care for his younger brother Bert who's beyond nervous to go to a very important engagement Armageddon club was a huge sa woon worthy moment for me“Calm down Wes said stepping around me into the room and walking up to Bert He untangled the tie smoothing the ends Stand still Then Bert and I both stood and watched as with one cross a twist and a yank he tied the knot perfectlyWow Bert said looking down at it as Wes stepped back examining his handiwork When did you learn that?When I had to go to court Wes told him He reached up plucking the piece of tissue off his brother's face then straightened the tie again Do you have enough money?Bert snorted I prebought my ticket way back in March There's a chicken dinner and dessert It's all paid forWes pulled out his wallet and slid out a twenty tucking it into Bert's pocket No cologne okay?”I do have to mention though that after the initial excitement slipped away I couldn’t help but notice the few irks that came to bother me the way Macy's mother was characterized Kristy barely appearing after Macy and Wes grow closer Wes himself not being given enough character building so that he essentially resembled a mirror image to Macy both have lost a parent both have a bfgf on hold both can't accept a compliment etc and it was too uneuivocally convient to feel real And then the it also hit a bit of a rut when the catering crew who were one of the biggest highlights for me didn't appear in the following scenesOverall I had a nice walk down memory lane by rereading The Truth About Forever but the memory of the book still holds appeal for me than the actual bookI did however really enjoy this Rex Orange County song that gets the mood of this read These next lines in particular I'll find a spot that's just for me and see if I can cope without An ounce of pain without an ounce of pain Said the likelihood just frightens me and it's easier to hide But I can't ignore it endlessly eventually things die Note I’m an Affiliate If you’re interested in buying The Truth About Forever   just click on the image below to go through my link I’ll make a small commission This review and can be found on my blog “For any one of us our forever could end in an hour or a hundred years from now You never know for sure so you'd better make every second count”My first and still favourite Sarah Dessen novel I loved everything about it Macy Wes oh Wes and everybody of the Wish Catering crew The plot was cute and exciting and even though it is easily predictable I mean that's why we read these kind of books it was simply perfectFind of my books on Instagram 4 Stars What a sweet and lovely story This was my first book by Miss Dessen and will not likely be my last The writing is engaging and effortless and the way the author realistically tackles grief is encouraging Macy is a teen who strives for the impossible perfection Her father's sudden death has impaired her relationship with her mother to whom she barely speaks Her 'braniac' emotionless boyfriend who possesses the personality of a twig leaves her for summer campthen she meets Wes and the rest of the perky catering gang who will bring life to her monotonous boring summerThe relationship between Macy and Wes was tender and I enjoyed their ongoing adorable game of 'truth' Although I was hoping for a little development with in their interactions their connection possessed the memorable innocence which can only be obtained through youth The secondary characters were fun and also struggled internally proving that imperfection is not only acceptable but endearing This story left me with a smile and a warm heart Its messages of hope overcoming grief and finding love were ones I hope to instill in my own daughter Very charming book and perfectly appropriate for teens  Book Stats ▪ GenreCategory Young Adult▪ Steam Caliber Clean▪ Romance Tender and sweet▪ Characters Well developed and layered ▪ Plot A broken girl finds hope in friendship and young love ▪ Writing Beautiful effortless engaging ▪ POV 1st Person Heroine▪ Cliffhanger NoneStandalone▪ HEA? view spoiler Yes hide spoiler I hadn't even heard of Sarah Dessen until I came across this book on my frend Mahyars read shelf I noticed the 5 stars and as we share a liking for certain types of books thought I'd investigate this author further It didn't take much persuading 1st person POV heavy on the emotion I was definately up for it And I wasn't disappointed Oh no this book has to be one of my all time favourites I'm not going to give a re tell of the story because other reviewers have done thatbut what I will do is try to tell you how this story made me feelSo here goes Having lost a parent when I was about the same age as the heroine Macy I understand the emotions running through this story I know how difficult it is for the remaining parent to try and be the person everyone knows and also grieve for their partner To lose a partner is different to losing a parent I also understand why Macy ended up with Jason there is always a danger when we lose someone we love that the turmoil of our emotions attracts us to people who are in the long term not good for us too safe or too wild or too contoling and was so glad that he was out of the picture for most of the story So when Macy decides to live dangerously and go to work for Wish I was overjoyed this was the next step for her to escape the safe and emotionally numb and sterile life that she had been living and start to find herself again I loved all of her new friends Delia who plays opposite to her Mom and Kristy who takes on the role of sibling best freind and best of all Wes who was emotionally far older than his years and balanced the emotionally retarded character of Jason Whilst Monica and Bert have the role of younger siblings So the guys from Wish become a kind of surrogate family you notice the only father figure is Pete who never really plays an active part in story so is distant like Carolines Macys sister hubby I think all of these things hilight the choices and decisions Macy had to face in this an improtant turning point in her life I liked that an already emotive issue was not further complicated by sex with Macy having to choose which path to take with regard to that The only downside for me was what would Macy have done had Caroline not told her mother about Wes Wes and Macy form a close friendship and Macys mom disapproves to the point where she activly prevents Macy from seeing him and his good character had Macys mom continued to exert her control over Macy would Macy have been strong enough to disobey and go her own way? Having been under the emotional restrictions of a controlling parent I can say from my POV probably not she would have got back with Jason and spent the rest of her life with an emotionally retarded man ruled by his ability to control people via a mindless set of lists So thumbs up to Caroline who orchestrated and manipulated her mother with no one knowing and in doing so set the wheels in motion for everyone to start the healing process and find themselvesSo would I read anything by Sarah Dessen again? You bet I'd tried to hold myself apart showing only what I wanted 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 Now that I finally have some time to put together a little bit of a coherent review I'm excited to give a little explanation to my thoughts I've been seeing this author on the shelves of every big bookstore for years and never gave her a second look And while I think that there was something missing that made this an absolute perfect and epic win for me it also touched me in a way not many books doand I think that deserves to be said Maybe that's what you got when you stood over your grief facing it finally A sense of its depths its area the distance across and the way over or around it whichever you chose in the end In many ways this author's writing reminded me of Heather Demetrios's I'll Meet You There This was an absolute favorite for me last year and an absolute shock It wasn't particularly fast paced nor was it action packed But every word every page every moment implanted itself into my heart and stole my breath As the book progressed it was built up in such a way that didn't bore you yet you just NEEDED something to happenthis book was a lot like that However it lacked all those intense tugging emotions that made IMUT an emotionally packed gut punch Leaning out my window at the odd angle I was I found myself almost level with the top of his head A second later when he looked up at me we were face to face and again even under these circumstances I was struck by how good looking he was in that accidental doesn't even know it kind of way Which only made it worse Or better Or whatever When what I wanted to happen happened it certainly made me a total fangirl but by then I had invested a ton of time and wanted a little Does that make sense? I appreciated and loved the slow syrupy feel of Dessen's world and her writing but it lacked one key emotion to make me a forever fan Obsession The silence wasn't like the ones I'd known lately though it wasn't empty as much as chosen There's an entirely different feel to uiet when you're with someone else and at any moment it could be broken Like the difference between a pause and an ending Probably my other large gripe was our main character's mother Come on Grief does absolutely horrible dreadful unspeakable things to a person but I don't think when your daughter is sitting there telling you how much she likes people and how good they are that her kinds of reactions were necessary A little naivety? Sure Blase tone? Okay But that utter disregard for her daughter's feelings? It bothered me far than I'm even letting on now What were you two talking about? she whispered as Wes pulled the doors shutNothing I said RunningYou should have seen your face she said her breath hot in my ear Sa wooooon And then there was Wessweet adorable loyal Wes Always there for her always making her see herself the way she deserves to be seen And I think that's my favorite part about Wes He doesn't belittle her He always makes her search deep within herself for what makes her happy and not other people And he never makes her feel small He is just one of those perfect guys and you can't help but to love him from the moment you meet him no matter how small his part is at first Events conspired to bring you back to where you'd been It was what you did then that made all the difference it was all about potential Now I know I didn't say much but I just had to say than what I did below This book while not a heart stopping and pulse pounding thriller by any means is a great coming of age story And hell I'm 26 years old and I found some value in the deep heartfelt words this author wrote through the eyes and mind of Macy We all can stand to learn something about ourselves and become introspective even if just for a moment As it is this book while not an absolute favorite came at a time where I looked deep within myself and saw a little of Macy I don't want to live a life where I'm living for others and not myselfand I'm glad I can still relate to books like this What better way to get impartial advice than reading a wonderful book? There is no better way For of my reviews please visit This was absolutely adorable Extremely well written and a lot deeper than I really thought it would be I was shocked It wasn't until I really got where I wanted to be in terms of the story that I realized I had been holding my breath in anticipationand that's a good sign to me A tad slow in places but building up to something deep meaningful and heartfelt I need books like this in my life It's the same description I've used for other books but I'll say it again It was like sitting on the front porch on a hot summer day sipping lemonade with a light breeze It was just that kind of book And this Wes??Such a totally believable good guy who wasn't over the top perfect that I couldn't help but wish I had met him first Sweet kind attentive and only wants what is best for Macy I fell in love with him slowlythen all at once hehe bad stealing lines from other booksRTC maybe Depends how my weekend goes P Original post One More PageI've been trying to think of the best way to review this book because I feel like the first review I wrote for The Truth About Forever did not do it any justice The thing is I don't know how to write a proper review for this book without suealing or sa woon ing so much Because believe me I know I did that so many times when I was rereading this bookBut let me try again Sarah Dessen's The Truth About Forever is one of my favorite books of all time It's not my first Dessen but it's the book that made me love Dessen and made her one of my auto buy authors It's one book I've reread multiple times and still get all swoony and happy and wishing for a romance like Macy and Wes did Yes even with their drama because it made the ending so much satisfying in the end The Truth About Forever is about Macy ueen whose life spun out of control when her dad died in front of her Macy tried to hold it together for the sake of her family hiding her grief and seeking perfection thinking that this would help her mother who seeks perfection in everything she does as well her own way of dealing with loss The story starts with Macy's boyfriend Jason leaving for Brain Camp and Macy facing a long summer with her strict schedule and routine She's okay she always thought Until one day she meets the Wish Catering crew One bad afternoon at her summer job with a bad email to boot she joins Wish makes new friends and meets Wes the seemingly perfect guy with his own not so clean past who likes flaws Things turn interesting for Macy as she gets to know these people and as she realizes that maybe it's not so bad if her strictly scheduled life unravels and she lets chaos in bit by bitAh this book I think what makes me love this book than I loved This Lullaby is how much I could relate to Macy I'm fortunate enough to have my parents here with me so I can't relate to Macy at that front but the schedules? The need to be as perfect as I can be sometimes anyway? Oh I've been there At the next rereads I found that I wanted to shake Macy so hard she needs to cry She needs to snap out of the illusion that she needs to be perfect to hold things together She needs to let go and reach for her mom so they could grieve together Ah Macy why do you frustrate me so much?But it served as a good starting point If there was anything that Sarah Dessen really knows it's how to write a story that seeps into you and hooks you pulling you in up until the last page There's no need for magic or any supernatural creatures just plain everyday things magnified with added significance The conversations could be just any normal conversation but somehow they pack a punch For exampleHonestly I saidWhat?Come on You have to admit it's sort of ridiculousWhat is?Now that I had to define it I found myself struggling for the right words You know I said then figured Kristy had really summed it up best The sa woonThe what?Wes come on I said Are you seriously not aware of how girls stare at you?How cute is that?There's really nothing new with the story but thanks to the writing and the vivid characters it becomes a little bit extraordinary This book is one of the reasons I appreciate characters why I believe that even the most common storyline can be interesting when the roles are played by strong well developed charactersAnd then there's Wes Dessen boys are well known among readers and Wes is definitely my favorite He just seems soperfect Strange to see a seemingly perfect guy in a book that tells the main character that perfection isn't everything don't you think? Believe me I'm still trying to find some kind of flaw in Wes But I guess that's what crushes are it's so hard to find a flaw in them I think I'm not that infatuated with Wes that I'd try and look for someone exactly like him but hey I wouldn't mind haha but I would like to have the same kind of development that Macy and Wes had Their relationship is one of the most authentic ones I've read built on shared experiences and conversations Now where is that guy I could play a game of Truth with?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 If you're looking for a good contemporary YA novel you can sink your teeth into or if you're looking for a good Sarah Dessen novel to start with I highly recommend The Truth About Forever Read it and sa woon

The Truth About Forever PDF ↠ The Truth  eBook
  • Paperback
  • 374 pages
  • The Truth About Forever
  • Sarah Dessen
  • English
  • 23 January 2015
  • 9780142406250