Book: The Truth About Forever
Author: Sarah Dessen
Synopsis: Macy has her whole summer planned out- working at the library, studying, and spending time with her mother, sharing silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy’s father.
Her plans didn’t include landing a job at Wish Catering, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or helping to renovate the family’s cottage at the beach, left in disrepair since the death of her father. Or Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and amazing artistic talent.
But Macy soon discovers that the things you expect least are sometimes the things you need most.
Review (Spoiler Free): I picked this up on a random trip to Barnes and Noble purely because I needed that romance and contemporary feel. It was definitely not the most creative, interesting, and well put together book, but it was good. All the characters gave of this chaotic and chill feeling.
Characters: ⅘ All the characters were enjoyable, aside from the fact we didn’t get to know anyone. We dove really deep into the main character, but everyone else we were just given their sympathy and sad stories.
The romance made no sense. I did not see them together at all. It was rushed, and they barely knew each other. For the strong romantic bonds I think it would have taken more than a summer of infrequent talking to develop them.
Even though they were all great characters, I felt like I’d seen them already. They weren’t different from any basic contemporary. I wish there was a little more creativity and development with their characters.
Plot: ⅖ Again, super unoriginal. It’s the same story told over and over. It took a while for the plot to go. We spent about 100 pages with just backstory and nothing happening. Once something did happen it hooked me a little more. The big climax or what was supposed to be didn’t really feel like that big of a deal. It was kind of what did you expect.
Writing Style: ⅗ I didn’t have many problems with it. It did lack in dialogue but it had details and emotion portrayed very well. It was just very basic, not a lot of “challenging words”
Overall, I liked it. It was a nice sick read for me. What did you think about it?