Arrrghhhh. Busy, busy, busy. I’ve barely had time to blog hop, let alone read and leave comments, in the past couple of weeks.
But I really had to mention Sarah Dessen’s “The Truth About Forever”, which I just finished this week. I’ve had it in my TBR pile for a looooong time (funny how often I use that phrase), so a big thank you to Christine for listing it in her Top 20 Reads of 2009 and convincing me I had to read it.
Macy’s dealing with her father’s unexpected death. Really. I mean, she has the perfect boyfriend, she’s focused on her schoolwork, and she’s about to start a summer job that will look great on her high school transcript when applying to universities. So why does she feel as though it’s a constant struggle not to fall apart?
I was completely caught up in Macy’s story pretty much from the start. Watching her slowly figuring out that she doesn’t have to be perfect, seeing her grow so much from the first page to the last, dealing with her grief and reconnecting with her life? So satisfying.
And sa-wooon. Wes. Mmmmm. Okay, it’s not just Wes, it’s the whole cast of secondary characters that made this story so good. Kristy and her search for truly extraordinary boys. Bert and his cologne and gotchas. Even Monica and her “donnevens”. But Wes. Ahhh. I loved how Macy and Wes slowly became best friends without realising it, the diabolical Truth game the two of them played that revealed so much about each other, and oh, the last question.
So yes, I loved. A very feel-good book.
Now for all you longtime Sarah Dessen fans, I need some help. I’ve just bought three more Dessen books (no, I don’t waste any time and yes, it was another 3-for-2 offer) – “Lock and Key”, “Just Listen”, and “This Lullaby”, based purely on the selection they had in the bookstore and the back cover blurb.
But I’m wondering, did I pick the right books? Are there any other Dessen books that I should really be getting?