The Truth About Forever
This slice-of-life, grief book by Sarah Dessen is published by Viking Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group and is written for kids ages 12 and up. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
Crude or Profane Language
Drug and Alcohol Content
Other Negative Elements
Macy Queen and her mother hide behind hard work and perfection to avoid grieving the death of Macy's dad. When Macy's dull, brainy boyfriend, Jason, leaves for the summer, she inadvertently finds herself working for Wish Catering. The colorful staff members, including handsome, artistic Wes, teach her how to feel alive again — but her mom and Jason aren't thrilled with Macy's newfound independence. In the end, Macy helps her mother begin the grieving process, too.
Macy says her family never went to church, and her mom felt guilty about it. Her dad, who loved to make big Sunday breakfasts, said that cooking was "his form of worship, and the kitchen was his church, his offering eggs and bacon and biscuits . . . "
Other Belief Systems
Bert, a 16-year-old who is a bit reactionary since his mother's death, obsesses over his Armageddon club and various scientific end-of-the-world theories.
You'll find nearly every profanity in this book, including variations of the f-word and a dozen uses of the s-word. God's name is used in vain too often to count
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Readability Age Range
12 and up
Viking Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group