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The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

July 31, 2008

Title: The Truth About Forever

Author: Sarah Dessen
Number of Pages: 374, paperback.
Released: 2004.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
It was: awesome!

Summary: Macy Queen’s summer is going to be pretty low-key. She’s going to work at the library, filling in for her boyfriend Brian who is away at Brain Camp. However the summer takes a twist when she has to spring into action when the caterer her mother hired for a work dinner is in total disaster mode. The company is called Wish Catering. It consists of Delia: so pregnant she’s about to blow, Monica: slow-walking and monotone, Bert: total sci-fi fanatic, Kristy: with her scars and beauty, and Wes: the good-looking artist that Macy connects with most. What was a once-in-a-lifetime experience of catering to save her mom’s dinner turns into a job Macy truly loves… especially more than the library where she clearly doesn’t belong. Her mother, however, thinks Macy should continue what she’s been doing during the beginning of the summer: studying for the SATs and working at the library. But Macy realizes that there’s more to life than being an A+ student. Living life, for real, is so much better. Her relationships with her friends from Wish teach her that. Macy’s mother however, doesn’t concur. But what does she know if she doesn’t even grieve Macy’s dad’s death correctly, taking everything that reminds her of him from the house like he wasn’t even there? This summer Macy is going to learn a lot more than what she bargained for.
My Thoughts (contains spoilers, seriously): This was truly an amazing book. I loved Macy’s character because she is so realistic… I feel like she could be walking the streets even when she’s just a character. I felt so good when she left the library. I was like “you go, girl!”. Kristy is really cool and confident. Wes, wow, I totally fell in love with him. Him and his angel statues are beautiful. He is so sweet and so perfect with Macy. I was so aggravated at Brian when he sent the email to take a break, I was like “what the heck, what kind of boyfriend does this?”. Macy’s mom was the character that got me the angriest. I was mad when reading her parts, wishing she could’ve read the book I’m reading in Macy’s point of view. She works so much and expects so much from Macy… she’s just a teenager, let her relax. In the end I was so happy Macy and Wes ended up together because they deserve each other.
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Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

July 6, 2008

Title: Keeping The Moon

Author: Sarah Dessen
Number of Pages: 228.
Released: ’99
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
It was: blawsome.
Summary: Colie is a fifteen year old girl who, alongside her mom, used to be overweight and would move constantly. Wherever she stayed she was taunted for her fat. When her mom becomes Kiki Sparks the aerobics teacher, she sheds off the pounds. Now she is taunted for being a slut, although she isn’t. Colie’s mom is traveling for a tour in Europe to spread believe for overweight women everywhere to Become. Colie hasn’t Become yet, she’s still insecure. She ends up staying with her aunt Mira during the summer in Colby. Colie gets a job at the Last Chance Restaurant and begins new friendships with the two waitresses there: grumpy Isabel and organized Morgan who are best friends. Colie meets Norman, the “art freak” (like Mira) and although at first she wasn’t attracted to him something becomes of the relationship. Colie learns with her new friends at Colby to feel self-confident.
My Thoughts: It was nice. It took me a while to get into it. However, it was an easy read and cute. It was very predictable but still worthwhile. I’m happy for Colie at the end since she becomes self-confident. Sarah Dessen’s other works are better. But this one is better than That Summer and Someone Like You.