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.
Details: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, 374 pages, 4.29 stars on Goodreads (compare to 4.20 stars for the first Harry Potter book)
My Thoughts: I read this a long time ago and absolutely hated it. But everyone kept telling me how fantastic this book was, so I decided to try it again. I must admit that while I didn't love it nor did I find it extremely memorable, I was pleasantly surprised at it. The Truth About Forever was well-written, with a nice if somewhat cliché plot and much less cliché love interest, Wes.
There were many things I enjoyed in this book. For instance, the description of Macy's job at the library, what with her coworkers and all, was quite amusing and I hope I never get a job like that! Macy's life is so dull, with her workaholic mom and overachieving boyfriend, that it's easy to understand why the hectic work at Wish Catering would appeal to her. The characters are all interesting and real, with each one fully developed, even the minor characters.
Some serious issues are dealt with in this book, like Macy's father's death, her struggles with her mom, that kind of thing. However, this is primarily a romance, and I found it to be more of a lighter, feel-good read. The romance itself is sweet, fun, and cute, and develops at a nice pace. I do wish there was a little more kissing - what with all the development, we deserve a little steamy passion, don't we?
All in all, this is a good book to relax with. There wasn't anything I specifically disliked about it, but it wasn't compelling or intriguing or unique enough for me to run around recommending.
Plot - 3/5
Characters - 4/5
Writing - 4/5
Impact - 2/5
Inability to put it down - 2/5
Overall - 60% = B-