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The Truth About Forever

Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
4.5 out of 5 stars (466 ratings)
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This Story Is Sweet

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

Critic Reviews

"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

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.

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  • Anne
  • Kalama, WA, United States
  • 09-16-10

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.

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  • Sherry
  • Calgary, Canada
  • 10-06-11

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.

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  • Quinn
  • Bismarck, ND, USA
  • 10-27-08

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!

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heartwarming tale

Loved it. completely heartwarming and comedic take of moving on and finding love after loss.

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Great Storyline

This is a great book for young and old adults. my first Sarah Dessen book looking forward to listening to the next

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One of my favorites

Confession I read this book when I was back in middle school and it was my all time favorite. I just related so much the book. Years later getting to listen to it through audible I was not disappointed I still love the story and Macy’s journey!

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Forever my favorite

I’m an avid reader and audiobook listener, but even after more than a decade since the first time I read this book, it’s still one of my favorites.

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Not your ordinary summer

Macy thought the summer was going to filled with missing her boyfriend and working at the library information desk, but then Deliah and the crew from Wish catering came into her life. This group of free spirits will turn her "normal" summer upside down. I loved Kristy and Wes, and how they were with Macy.

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Very slow moving

This was somewhat painful to get through. it was extremely slow and just when you were about to find out what happens with the two main characters, it abruptly ends.