The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

There is something really refreshing about Sarah Dessen’s writing.  I’ve only read two of her books, but both feature a character who goes through some transformation and ends up taking you with them.  It’s cathartic.

The Truth About Forever tells the story of Macy Queen, a 16 year old girl who is still recovering from the death of her father several months previously.  Until now, Macy has dealt with her grief by putting on the facade of being “fine-just-fine” and holding up her unspoken agreement with her mother to never speak of their collective grief over their loss. But when Macy’s brainy boyfriend, Jason, goes off to “Brain Camp” and leaves Macy behind, she finds herself seeking out a change to break up the monotony of her “fine-just-fine” life.  Macy meets up with Delia, the owner of Wish Catering, and is swept up in the chaos that surrounds the business and her blooming relationship with Delia’s nephew, Wes.  By exposing herself in a continuing game of Truth with Wes, Macy finds herself rapidly transforming into being “fine-just-fine” in her own way, but not without a little trouble from the people she is leaving behind.