The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
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.(
I'm actually rating this one 3.75.
My Take: In Sarah Dessen style, the book starts out like a typical teen read; plain girl grabbing attention of sought after guy. Then it quickly changes into melding symbolism and theme. Maci is struggling with grief. Actually, she's avoiding grieving by controlling her environment as much as possible. She's feeling the guilt of the death of her father, giving up the past times that remind her of the pain - running. But she's really just running away from the grief she needs to so desperately feel. Enter the Wish gang.
Wish is a catering business built on chaos and thinking on your feet. There's the cute guy, of course, but also a cast of characters who are perfectly imperfect and just what Maci needs to heal. Her new best friends now include Kristi, a fun-loving, physically scarred character who provides the right amount of nudge for Maci to start living again. Then there is Wes, the handsome but unavailable human specimen that proves to Maci that perfection is not the ideal. Through a developing friendship, Wes and Maci share honesty and Maci rediscovers chaos, good friends, and her own goals.