Many stories written for young adults seem to have the same storyline, a kid trying to figure out the world. Out of many books I have read in the particular genre, a third of them seem to describe life as a youth in the same, bland way. However, in The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen weaves a tale of a a teen lost and troubled in what is supposed to be an adolescent’s favorite season: summer. Macy Queen’s boyfriend uses the summer to indulge himself at a “brain camp”. It seemed like another subliminal way for Macy to feel inferior to him. She meanwhile, is becoming a mundane superhero: stuck filling his place behind the information desk at the local library by day, and in her bed doing SAT vocabulary drills by night, while also trying to skip the awkward moments between her and her work-oriented, realtor mother. However, her life suddenly alters when she encounters the chaotic Wish Catering crew at one of her mother’s open houses. Then, her sister comes back into town announcing that she wants to renovate the family’s old beach house, and finally, Macy’s forced to uncover something she hasn’t seen in a while, the truth. It was the first book in ages that I couldn’t willingly put down. It’s absolutely brilliant.