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The truth about forever, Sarah Dessen

Label
The truth about forever
Title
The truth about forever
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Dessen
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Contributor
Book designer
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The summer following her father's death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief
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Character
Award
  • Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, 2004.
  • South Carolina Book Award, Young Adult Books, 2007.
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2011
Review
  • Gr. 9-12. Dessen returns to a familiar theme and recognizable characters: the “perfect” girl at odds with a controlling mother and keeping boys at arm’s length because of father issues. Here the girl is Macy Queen. Her father has died, her mother can’t grieve, and every time Macy tries to break out of the automaton state in which she is trapped, Mrs. Queen reels her back. Macy gets a job with a catering company, whose employees mirror and mask similar emotions to her own--among them, a girl who is scarred on the outside, but not on the inside, and two motherless brothers, the older of whom, Wes, helps Macy break through. As is often the case with Dessen, the novel is a mixed bag. Much of it is wonderful. At its purest, the writing reaches directly into the hearts of teenage girls: Macy’s games of “truth” with Wes are unerringly conceived, sharply focused on both characters and issues. Yet a subplot about Macy’s job at the library features cardboard characters and unbelievable situations. This seesawing between spot-on observations and superfluous scenes slows the pace and makes readers wait too long for the book’s best moments. -- Ilene Cooper (BookList, 04-15-2004, p1437)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 7 Up –Macy, 16, witnessed her father's death, but has never figured out how to mourn. Instead, she stays in control–good grades, perfect boyfriend, always neat and tidy–and tries to fake her way to normal. Then she gets a job at Wish Catering. It is run by pregnant, forgetful Delia and staffed by her nephews, Bert and Wes, and her neighbors Kristy and Monica. "Wish" was named for Delia's late sister, the boys' mother. Working and eventually hanging out with her new friends, Macy sees what it's like to live an unprescripted lifestyle, from dealing with kitchen fires to sneaking out at night, and slowly realizes it's not so bad to be human. Wes and Macy play an ongoing game of Truth and share everything from gross-outs to what it feels like to watch someone you love die. They fall in love by talking, and the author sculpts them to full dimension this way. All of Dessen's characters, from Macy, who narrates to the bone, to Kristy, whose every word has life and attitude, to Monica, who says almost nothing but oozes nuance, are fully and beautifully drawn. Their dialogue is natural and believable, and their care for one another is palpable. The prose is fueled with humor–the descriptions of Macy's dad's home-shopping addiction are priceless, as is the goofy bedlam of catering gigs gone bad–and as many good comedians do, Dessen uses it to throw light onto darker subjects. Grief, fear, and love set the novel's pace, and Macy's crescendo from time-bomb perfection to fallible, emotional humanity is, for the right readers, as gripping as any action adventure.–Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library --Johanna Lewis (Reviewed June 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 6, p138)
  • In this contemporary romance, Dessen (This Lullaby ) gracefully balances comedy with tragedy and introduces a complex heroine worth getting to know. While recovering from her father's sudden death, Macy clings to things that are safe and predictable, notably her brilliant, oh-so-steady boyfriend Jason. ("Anything he did, he did well," Macy explains. "A lot of people might find this annoying, even loathsome. But not me. He was just what I needed.") When Jason goes off to "Brain Camp" for the summer and announces (via e-mail) that he wants to put their relationship on hold, Macy must find happiness and reassurance on her own. Much to her sensible mother's dismay, Macy impulsively takes a job at a disorganized catering company, working for very pregnant Delia, a woman who thrives on chaos. As a caterer's assistant, Macy endures flying meatballs, spilt wine, irate clients, inebriated guests and, at the same time, feels more alive than she has since her father's death—especially when she's around Wes, the sensitive, artistic bartender who seems to understand Macy better than anyone else. On one level, the novel traces the growing intimacy between Macy and Wes; on another, it examines the healing process as Macy allows herself to grieve. Readers will cheer Macy on as she tentatively reenters the world of the living by taking risks and relearning how to act spontaneously, embracing change rather than avoiding it. Ages 12-up. (May) --Staff (Reviewed May 3, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 18, p194)
  • Macy declined Dad's early-morning invitation to jog, changed her mind, and ran out to catch him, only to see him die of a heart attack before her eyes. Overwhelmed by grief and guilt, she sets about guaranteeing that every aspect of her life is controlled, perfect, safe—from her academically ambitious but unaffectionate boyfriend, to her tidiness, to her boring summer job at the library information desk. When Macy's cautious self-discipline collides with Wish Catering, its offbeat staff, and its wacky crisis management, readers can pretty much predict the outcome. Macy will be teased out of her cocoon and grief by a new job with the caterer and new friends (including romantic hunk Wes) into their messy, lively, creative world. The plot is too conventional, some secondary characters are stock, the storm that brings everyone together at the end is too handy, but the Wish team is lovable, the romance clicks, and readers will be entertained. (Fiction. 12-14) (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2004)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
125513
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dessen, Sarah
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
770L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PZ7.D455
LC item number
Tr 2004
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
Reading level
5.2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Brennan, Nancy
  • Penguin Group
  • Viking
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Grief
  • Teenagers and death
  • Caterers and catering
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Girls
  • Friendship
  • Summer
  • Grief
  • Death
  • Caterers and catering
  • Interpersonal relations
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The truth about forever, Sarah Dessen
Instantiates
Publication
Manufacture
Note
"Viking, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. ; Book design by Nancy Brennan"--t.p. verso
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
475162
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
374 pages
Isbn
9780670036394
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2003028298
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780670036394
  • (OCoLC)54108904
Label
The truth about forever, Sarah Dessen
Publication
Manufacture
Note
"Viking, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. ; Book design by Nancy Brennan"--t.p. verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
475162
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
374 pages
Isbn
9780670036394
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2003028298
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780670036394
  • (OCoLC)54108904

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