For years I gave my students books by Sarah Dessen to read because I was confident they would enjoy them. But I only found the time to read one myself just recently. Now I am even more confident. I love giving books to teenagers that I know will help them. Sarah Dessen writes as a beneficent adult but through the eyes and the soul of youth.
In The Truth About Forever, sixteen-year-old Macy Queen grieves for her recently deceased father as she navigates her goals, her peer relationships, and her shaken home-life. The clear path through comes from deeply buried instincts that seem to fly in the face of what she and her mother thought would get her through. But she makes it because of the unadorned goodness in others that draws her along.
I laughed, I wept, I got involved with the true-to-life characters in this book and wished to get back to them when I wasn’t reading. This is clearly a book for girls; the romance develops very slowly and is deeply committed. It is a story about strength, the power of love, and pulling through.