Friday, April 6, 2012
Audio Book Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Publishing Date:May 11, 2004
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 374 pgs
My Rating: 3 stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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 father.
But 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 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 wonder, Is it really better to be safe than sorry?
I listened to this novel as an audio book and it is my second Dessen book on audio. I quite enjoyed this novel but I wouldn't say that it was my favourite book. I like this book because it was light and an easy-read. The main character, Macy, is dealing with the death of her father and has done so mainly by hiding out in her room studying or studying with her "boyfriend". Macy is basically just going through the motions of living at this point and it's not until she starts working for a catering company does she start to come out of her shell and really start dealing with her feelings about her father's death.
There were a few characters in this book that were infuriating. The girls that Macy works with at the library were just plain disgusting to treat someone like that. I also disliked Brian who seemed to only look at things through a logical lens rather than with his heart. At some points I kept thinking "Is this kid autistic?" but this could be because I work with children who have autism. I don't know it just seemed that way because he was so factual about things and he didn't seem to really have any strong emotions about things.
The book ended as predicted, happily and it was just the kind of book that I needed at the time. Overall, there were many things that I enjoyed about this book but it just wasn't my favourite. I have to give it a 3 out of 5 stars.