August 16, 2009

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

I read my first book by Sarah Dessen while I was taking a juvenile literature class in college. I got to pick out 20 (maybe more) juvenile literature books to read during the semester and Dessen's books were highly recommended. I read one and loved it so I thought it was about time to pick up another book by her.

Dessen's writing is only juvenile because of the writing level. A teenanger can read her books but everyone can enjoy them. The Truth about Forever is a book about a high school girl that lost her father. Since losing her father she's tried everything she can to be "perfect," probably a way to maintain control over her life since she her father's death happened while she stood by helplessly. She realizes in the book that not only can she not be perfect, but she doesn't want to be. She finds a new set of friends through a random catering job who teach her that forever isn't about tomorrow, it's about today. It's about living our lives today without fearing what might happen.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Like I said before, it was an easy read in words only. The characters are complex, the relationships and plots made me laugh and cry, and the book made me think. And that's why I would recommend this book to anyone that's in need of an easy but enjoyable read.

1 comment:

  1. I just read my first Dessen, Along for the Ride, and it was really good. I am 26 and the only thing that bothered me is one event early in the book and the drinking. I am a pretty conserv. person and a trained middle/high school teacher just not practicing right now. :)


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