Publication Date: May 11, 2004Review: This is my favorite Sarah Dessen book, so of course I had to reread it! I'm not sure if I liked this book as much as I did during my first read, but that's okay, because it's still a book that I think everyone should read.
Page Count: 376
Synopsis: 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.
Macy is a flat character. I'm not going to lie. All of Dessen's leads are usually very flat. Macy was not an exception. I did like her, but I wish she could've jumped off the page more. As usual, Dessen's other characters were very lively, very real, and very awesome.
The Wish catering crew was chaotic and hilarious. I loved Delia and the way she welcomed disasters like she welcomed her own children. I loved Kristy and her outgoing attitude and her search for an "extraordinary" boy. I loved Monica and how she never spoke full sentences. I loved Bert and his obsession with the world's end. And, of course, I loved Wes.
Wes is, by far, my favorite Dessen boy--which is saying something, considering how amazing Dessen boys are. Wes has his own history, sometimes scary and sometimes heartbreaking. He also understands Macy like no one else seems to be able to. He knows what to do, what to say, and he's just so sweet. Wes is also a sculptor, so bonus points for artistic talent!
I love Sarah Dessen's books because they always have so many elements and layers to the story. It's not just a fluffy romance. It's truly anything but. There are family troubles, self-discovery, lots of change in character, and other things along those lines. You're guaranteed a change in Macy from the beginning to the end.
I truly recommend The Truth About Forever to all Dessen fans, and even those who are not, because it's filled with messages, finding your true self, and a really sa-woon-worthy boy.