A long, hot summer…
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?
Why is it that almost every single Dessen book synopsis makes the main character sound extremely shallow to me?
I mean, when you think about it, the synopsis of THE MOON AND MORE makes Emaline sound like a girl who has everything but just because another exciting, cool guy comes into town she thinks about throwing her old boyfriend away. Same thing with this book. Just because your boyfriend’s away and you’re bored, you’re going to listen to all your new friends tell you you don’t need him and get interested in this new guy.
Wow, guys. Wooooow. Nice.
Neither Macy nor Emaline are the way that they are portrayed in the synopsis.
I was extremely impressed with the supporting characters of this story. I’ve noted it before in Dessen’s work, but I never found anything extremely outstanding about the way she does supporting characters so I didn’t mention it. Now, I’ve found something outstanding.
In the time that Macy has that summer and finds new friends (and herself), she really begins to change her idea of perfection and it was nice to see her growing support network. I guess it helped that part of this storyline is based solely on Macy’s new friends, but I was still very happy with how Dessen wrote and formatted her supporting characters of this story.
I couldn’t bring myself to love this book the way I loved WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE though. There was nothing really tragic about THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER. In a way, I hate to say it, but I can see a lot of the same storyline in Dessen’s work. I know it’s good to stick with what you know and what you’ve got, but it would be really interesting to see Dessen broaden her horizons a little bit.
That may sound like telling Cassandra Clare not to write about paranormal Victorian London, but still, guys. Still. I’m not saying they should do it,
(actually I kind of am… at least with Clare…) I’m just saying it would be interesting. 3.8 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 374
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