Title: The Truth about Forever
Author: Sarah Dessen
Published: Penguin Group, 2006
Where I Got It: BN.com was a having an amazing summer clearance sale...got this book for $1.99!
Why I Read It: I needed a fun book to read while sitting poolside
Rating: 5 stars
The Truth about Forever is about seventeen year old Macy Queen. A year and a half ago she lost her father to a heart attack. Ever since then Macy strives to be perfect. Her hair is always perfectly parted in the middle, her clothes are always perfectly ironed, she has the perfect boyfriend and she gets perfect grades.
Macy has her whole summer planned out. During the day she is taking over her boyfriend's job at the library information desk while he is away at camp. At night she will study for the SAT or attend a yoga class. Her summer goes exactly as planned until she meets the staff of Wish Catering. They are the complete opposite of Macy: imperfect and chaotic. Macy surprises herself when she is offered a job with them and accepts.
Throughout the summer the Wish Catering crew shows Macy that things don't always have to be perfect and that sometimes you just have to let things happen. Their catering jobs never run smoothly, there is always some sort of disaster. Anything from spilling wine on a guest to forgetting to bring the main course. Honestly, I don't know how Wish Catering stays in business. But they do, and it makes for an interesting read.
I love the characters of Wish Catering. There is Delia, the owner of the company who believes that sometimes you need things to go wrong to make you appreciate when things do go right. Bert, who just turned sixteen and bought a refurbished ambulance as his first car. Monica, who rarely speaks in whole sentences, and usually just gives one word answers. Kristy, who always wears crazy outfits and Wes, the boy who makes art of out things he finds at the junkyard.
The Truth about Forever is a great pick if you are looking for a light summer read. I'm currently making my way through Anna Karenina so this book was a nice break from Russian literature!