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How steamy is it? 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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i cant even listen because the readers dry mouth

i can hear her tongue in her mouth and its a pet peeve. i wish i could have finished

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amazing book<br />

narrator is not great, sounds like she needs to drink some water, but the story is amazing.

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sweet but encourages law breaking

sweet book but encouraged minors drinking and smoking almost. just diddnt seem nessasary. But i did really enjoy reading it and the narrator was very good at reading.

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Favorite

This is my favorite book by Sarah Dessen. I can't count how many times I have read it, and I believe that this audio book does the story justice.

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  • RJ
  • 10-13-16

Conflicts

Enjoyed the narration. Good novel for high school discussion with realistic characters, conflicts, and resolutions,

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favorite book ever ♡

I love everything about this book! Sarah Dessen is a phenomenal writer who really helped me when I was in a dark place after my father died. This book encouraged me to move on with life because it is short and accept that there are some things you have no control over. You just have to accept they happened, and move forward with your life.