Friday, June 11, 2010

: The Truth About Forever :

Macy's summer stretches before her, carefully planned and outlined. She will spend her days sitting at the library information desk. She will spend her evenings studying for the SATs. Spare time will be used to help her obsessive mother prepare for the big opening of the townhouse section of her luxury development. But Macy's plans don't anticipate a surprising and chaotic job with Wish Catering, a motley crew of new friends, or ... Wes. Tattooed, artistic, anything-but-expected Wes. He doesn't fit Macy's life at all--so why does she feel so comfortable with him? So ... happy? What is it about him that makes her let down her guard and finally talk about how much she misses her father, who died before her eyes the year before?

I find reading this book that Sarah captures perfectly teenage emotions. The grief that Macy goes through after the death of her father, trying to please her mother and 'boyfriend' by being perfect ... which is not what is making her happy. Her mother has shut down, and won't even discuss the death, and works around the clock so their contact is minimal.
The summer job that Macy agree's to take (replacing Jason 'her boyfriend') puts her in a position where everyday she is belittled and looked down on by the 2 girls she is working with - sound familiar? Anyone else dealt with that in their teenage life?
And then, one night, she makes a move that makes a whole new group of friends, and also gives her a new job opportunity. In that group of friends, there is Wes ... and the more you read, the more you realise, he is the boy most of us looked for at that age - where beauty wasn't the most important thing, and he meant it. Their game of 'Truth' opens up communication between the two of them, and has them both sharing feelings about their losses, and innermost thoughts. Macy doesn't see the bond, but feels it growing inside her, and not until she breaks free of being and doing everything that others expect of her, can she come to realise just how much Wes means to her.

I loved it - I think that Sarah has totally captured teenage emotions and life perfectly. Definately writes with passion and knowledge making this book a good read. Looking forward to reading more of Sarah's books.

RATING - 7/10

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