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The Truth About Forever
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From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Once and for All Expect the unexpected. Macy's got her whole summer carefully planned. But her plans didn't include a job at Wish...
From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Once and for All Expect the unexpected. Macy's got her whole summer carefully planned. But her plans didn't include a job at Wish...
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  • From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Once and for All

    Expect the unexpected.

    Macy's got her whole summer carefully planned.

    But her plans didn't include a job at Wish Catering. And they certainly didn't include Wes.

    But Macy soon discovers that the things you expect least are sometimes the things you need most.

    "Dessen gracefully balances comedy with tragedy and introduces a complex heroine worth getting to know." —Publishers Weekly

    Sarah Dessen is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contributions to YA literature, as well as the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.

    Books by Sarah Dessen:
    That Summer
    Someone Like You
    Keeping the Moon
    Dreamland
    This Lullaby
    The Truth About Forever
    Just Listen
    Lock and Key
    Along for the Ride
    What Happened to Goodbye
    The Moon and More
    Saint Anything

    Once and for All
 

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  • From the book Chapter One


    Jason was going to Brain Camp. It had another name, a real name, but that's what everyone called it.

    "Okay," he said, wedging a final pair of socks along the edge of his suitcase. "The list. One more time."

    I picked up the piece of paper beside me. "Pens," I said. "Notebooks. Phone card. Camera battery. Vitamins."

    His fingers moved across the contents of the bag, finding and identifying each item. Check and double-check. With Jason, it was always about being sure.

    "Calculator." I continued, "Laptop. . . ."

    "Stop," he said, putting up his hand. He walked over to his desk, unzipping the slim black bag there, then nodded at me. "Skip down to list number two."

    I scanned down the page, found the words LAPTOP (CASE), and cleared my throat. "Blank CDs," I said. "Surge protector. Headphones. . . ."

    By the time we'd covered that, then finished the main list—stopping to cover two other sub-headings, TOILETRIES and MISCELLANEOUS—Jason seemed pretty much convinced he had everything. Which did not, however, stop him from continuing to circle the room, mumbling to himself. It took a lot of work to be perfect. If you didn't want to break a sweat, there was no point in even bothering.

    Jason knew perfect. Unlike most people, for him it wasn't some distant horizon. For Jason, perfect was just over the next hill, close enough to make out the landscape. And it wasn't a place he would just visit. He was going to live there.

    He was the all-state math champ, head of the debate team, holder of the highest GPA in the history of our high school (he'd been taking AP classes since seventh grade, college sections since tenth), student council president two years running, responsible for an innovative school recycling program now implemented in districts around the country, fluent in Spanish and French. But it wasn't just about academics. Jason was also a vegan and had spent the past summer building houses for Habitat for Humanity. He practiced yoga, visited his grandmother in her rest home every other Sunday, and had a pen pal from Nigeria he'd been corresponding with since he was eight years old. Anything he did, he did well.

    A lot of people might find this annoying, even loathsome. But not me. He was just what I needed.

    I had known this from the first day we met, in English class sophomore year. We'd been put into groups to do an assignment on Macbeth, me and Jason and a girl named Amy Richmond who, after we pulled our desks together, promptly announced she was "no good at this Shakespeare crap" and put her head down on her backpack. A second later, she was sound asleep.

    Jason just looked at her. "Well," he said, opening his textbook, "I guess we should get started."

    This was right after everything happened, and I was in a silent phase. Words weren't coming to me well; in fact I had trouble even recognizing them sometimes, entire sentences seeming like they were another language, or backwards, as my eyes moved across them. Just printing my own name on the top of a page a few days previously, I'd second-guessed the letters and their order, not even sure of that anymore.

    So of course Macbeth had totally mystified me. I'd spent the entire weekend struggling with the antiquated language and weird names of the characters, unable to even figure out the most basic aspects of the story. I opened my book, staring down at the lines of dialogue: Had I but died an hour before this chance/I had liv'd a blessed time; for, from this instant,/ there's nothing serious in mortality:/all is but toys.

    Nope, I thought. Nothing.

    Lucky for me, Jason, who...

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  • DOGO Books laurak - I read this book while we're doing a hero book project, which is finding a book that has an everyday hero in ti. In this book, there are different heroes if you stand in different character's perspectives. From Macy's perspective, the friends she met during her caterer job were her heroes, because they helped her to get rid of that perfect but boring life. From Macy's mother's perspective, her daughters and crews are her heroes, because they helped her get over the grieve of husband's death. I really like this book because the words are very vernacular, but can be able to convey author's thoughts. Also, it contains a lot of humour in it which I love it, talked about high school life that I admire. It also described how a girl can overcome the pressure of her boyfriend, SAT scores, strict mom, which I might face in the future.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 3, 2004
    In this contemporary romance, Dessen (This Lullaby
    ) gracefully balances comedy with tragedy and introduces a complex heroine worth getting to know. While recovering from her father's sudden death, Macy clings to things that are safe and predictable, notably her brilliant, oh-so-steady boyfriend Jason. ("Anything he did, he did well," Macy explains. "A lot of people might find this annoying, even loathsome. But not me. He was just what I needed.") When Jason goes off to "Brain Camp" for the summer and announces (via e-mail) that he wants to put their relationship on hold, Macy must find happiness and reassurance on her own. Much to her sensible mother's dismay, Macy impulsively takes a job at a disorganized catering company, working for very pregnant Delia, a woman who thrives on chaos. As a caterer's assistant, Macy endures flying meatballs, spilt wine, irate clients, inebriated guests and, at the same time, feels more alive than she has since her father's death—especially when she's around Wes, the sensitive, artistic bartender who seems to understand Macy better than anyone else. On one level, the novel traces the growing intimacy between Macy and Wes; on another, it examines the healing process as Macy allows herself to grieve. Readers will cheer Macy on as she tentatively reenters the world of the living by taking risks and relearning how to act spontaneously, embracing change rather than avoiding it. Ages 12-up.

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