Macy is a very careful girl. She’s got her summer plans all laid out taking over her perfect boyfriend’s perfect library job and she has no intentions of shaking things up. After the death of her father, Macy has fallen into the habit of perfection to please those around her, from her very meticulous boyfriend to her extremely busy mother. Perfect is important to Macy, so why does the total chaos of Wish Catering appeal to her? Taking on a second summer job with Wish opens Macy up to a whole new world where she finds herself amongst the company of Delia, Bert, Monica, Kristy, and the very dreamy Wes. If Macy has the perfect boyfriend, why is she so drawn to Wes with his tattoos and artistic skill? A summer of the unexpected is just what Macy needs to break free from her grief and find that maybe perfection is all it’s cracked up to be.
This was my first Sarah Dessen novel, and I’m hooked! As a big fan of Young Adult literature I’m surprised to have gone this long without reading her, considering she’s penned ten novels. This is a situation that must be remedied! I loved this book. Dessen creates deeply complex characters with real motivation and drew me in from page one. Macy’s grief unfolds in a beautiful way in this novel as she tries to cope with her father’s death. The emotion is heartfelt and real without being overwrought or sappy and Dessen does an excellent job of depicting the ups and downs of the grieving process in every well-rounded character, from Macy to her mother and sister Caroline.
As for the romance, there’s just enough standing in the way of Macy and Wes’ relationship to make it interesting and they find a way to make each other better. Wes is a perfect love interest with his brooding good looks and passionate artistic side. It’s easy to see why Macy falls for him and I think that readers will too. The romance plot in the book is important, but it doesn’t overpower the novel. There is definitely more to Macy than her desire to be with Wes and because she is so well developed I was invested in her positive outcome. I love a book with a good romantic plot that doesn’t demand all of the attention, and The Truth About Forever masterfully weaves romance with real life.
I highly recommend this book. It is a clean romance with no sex or violence that will appeal to young adults and adults alike. This might have been my first Sarah Dessen novel, but it definitely will not be my last!