The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Hi, my name is Rya. I am a sophomore and I enjoy reading, swimming and traveling.
Macy has strived for perfection her whole life, and her circumstances allow little room for anything else. Everything in her life is calculated, from her cordial relationship with her boyfriend, Jason, to her mother’s limited mourning of her father. But Macy’s perspective is suddenly scrambled when Macy meets a group of people working for Wish, a catering company, at one of her mother’s realtor events. That night, she feels connected to the chaos that these people exude, so different from what she is accustomed to in her calculated, organized life.
Several days after the event, Macy spots the Wish van while driving, and follows it on an impulse. She is welcomed as part of the group, and begins to develop meaningful relationships with her coworkers, especially Wes, whom she has feelings for. These people teach her how to embrace imperfection, while Macy’s perfection-obsessed mom and boyfriend encourage her to return to being the “perfect” Macy she once was.
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen is a vivid novel all about living life more freely. The plotline of this book is rather random, which was actually very helpful in contributing to the central idea that spontaneity and imperfection are beautiful and that we should enjoy them because our time alive is limited. Although this book was rather predictable, it was still a fun read with overarching themes that are incredibly valuable.