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The Truth About Forever | [Sarah Dessen]

The Truth About Forever

In The Truth About Forever, Dessen depicts a young woman coming to terms with the tragic death of her father. Macy Queen likes order and control, that's the only way she can keep her grief from consuming her. But a summer spent working with a boy named Wes slowly begins to thaw the ice that's been surrounding Macy's heart. Wes teaches her that forever isn't always about goodbyes and love doesn't always have to hurt.
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Publisher's Summary

In The Truth About Forever, Dessen depicts a young woman coming to terms with the tragic death of her father. Macy Queen likes order and control, that's the only way she can keep her grief from consuming her. But a summer spent working with a boy named Wes slowly begins to thaw the ice that's been surrounding Macy's heart. Wes teaches her that forever isn't always about goodbyes and love doesn't always have to hurt.

©2004 Sarah Dessen; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Grief, fear, and love set the novel's pace, and Macy's crescendo from time-bomb perfection to fallible, emotional humanity is, for the right readers, as gripping as any action adventure." (School Library Journal)

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    Lisa Jackson Heights, NY, USA 09-13-06
    Lisa Jackson Heights, NY, USA 09-13-06
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    "Sarah's Best"

    This is the best of Ms. Dessen's work: Macy is believable, relate-able and someone I would want to be friends with, her story is worth hearing. Her mom and sister also ring true and Wes is someone to dream about. The timeline is realistic; the story classic and well told. Ms. Nielsen's reading has perfect pitch for the subject and dialogue.

    This story is also good for family trips, since the cursing is minimal and the content, while emotionally interesting, is mild. Better though for families with daughters.

    I loved this book and I loved the audio version.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Kalama, WA, United States 09-16-10
    Anne Kalama, WA, United States 09-16-10
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    "irritating narrator"

    When I listened to the sample I heard a bit of irritating background noise but assumed it was because of the poor quality of my computer speakers. Not so. This narrator speaks as though she has a very dry mouth or something. The noises I heard are coming from her mouth. Absolutely grating. And she pauses for excessive amounts of time. Also, her voice is way too old to be believable as a seventeen year old girl. I regret downloading it, wish I had just read the paper copy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Kenmore, Australia 10-06-11
    Sherry Kenmore, Australia 10-06-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Truly Brilliant."

    After I listened to this book I went to Sarah's website as I wanted to learn where her story of loss came from. I downloaded this for my pre-teens to listen to but did so initially as a screening. I know that my children will definately benefit and be able to relate to the conflict of moving forward. I'm so grateful for the story and the narrator did an excellent job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Quinn Bismarck, ND, USA 10-27-08
    Quinn Bismarck, ND, USA 10-27-08
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    "lovely."

    this is, in my opinion, Dessen's best work to date. Listening to it made me realize how well written it is, and made me misty eyed at times. the narrator was pretty good; the only problem i had was how she recited Wes's voice. i thought it was a little strange. Overall, this being my first Audible purchase, i will certainly purchase more books in the future. two thumbs way up!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bridget Middletown, NY, United States 10-07-13
    Bridget Middletown, NY, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to read!!! Since I commute to work and school audible is so perfect! YA is my favorite genre.

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    If you could sum up The Truth About Forever in three words, what would they be?

    lovely, sweet and fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This was a love story, I usually like fantasy but this was so sweet that if I could find more I would read them all the time.


    Have you listened to any of Stina Nielsen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The book was well written and the characters were developed well. When you have a personal connection with a character it makes you invested in the book and much more enjoyable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Truth About Forever: How finding the one can lead you to finding yourself.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was super sweet. It was a quick read. Some of the characters were quirky but it was really good. First Sarah Dessen book and I will be reading more after this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kiara clinton, IA, United States 02-24-13
    kiara clinton, IA, United States 02-24-13
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    Where does The Truth About Forever rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    i like the story. i read the book. but the lady that is reading it is not showing any emotion. she tell the story plain. i think you should have a 17 year old girl telling the story. they know what they are doing. she need to put some emotions into her voice. also i think it should be male voices reading the male parts. it make no since that the girl is talking as the boy. it makes the story dull. it makes people not want to listen to it. My opinion is that this can put anyone to sleep. I DON'T LIKE THE AUDIBLE VERSION OF THE BOOK THAT COMES FROM THIS WEBSITE. GET SOMEONE BETTER TO TELL THE STORY. YOU NEED DIFFERENT CHARACTER FOR EACH PERSON. A BOY FOR THE BOY CHARACTER AND A GIRL FOR THE GIRL CHARACTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I H.A.T.E HOW THE WOMAN IS READING. TATA FOR NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Truth About Forever?

    I HATE IT


    How could the performance have been better?

    ALOOOOOOOOOOOT BETTER. MORE EMOTIONS. MORE PEOPLE TELLING IT


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    WHEN I READ THE ACTUAL BOOK. YES


    Any additional comments?

    YOU NEED BETTER PEOPLE TO TELL THE STORY

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie LITTLETON, CO, United States 10-29-12
    Jackie LITTLETON, CO, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story!"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The recording was choppy...There were moments where all I could hear was the saliva in the narrators mouth. So gross and distracting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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