The Busy Bibliophile

where I review books, mostly ya and chick-lit

the truth about forever by sarah dessen August 22, 2011

Filed under: 4 stars,easy read,loss,sad,sarah dessen,summer,ya — Andrea @ 12:52 pm

Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen is looking forward to a long, boring summer. Her boyfriend is going away. She’s stuck with a dull-as-dishwater job at the library. And she’ll spend all of her free time studying for the SATs or grieving silently with her mother over her father’s recent unexpected death. But everything changes when Macy is corralled into helping out at one of her mother’s open house events, and she meets the chaotic Wish Catering crew. Before long, Macy joins the Wish team. She loves everything about the work and the people. But the best thing about Wish is Wes—artistic, insightful, and understanding Wes—who gets Macy to look at life in a whole new way, and really start living it.


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I really enjoyed this one. There was no big mystery or great romance, it was just a fun read.

Macy’s father passed away a year and a half ago and ever since then she’s been “fine, just fine,” which is code for just barely making it.  Her sister has married and moved out and her mom is avoiding her own grief by working way too much at her job.  Her boyfriend Jason is an unemotional genius and Macy has nobody to talk to.  Her mom needs her to be perfect and so she is.  She does everything expected of her and little else.  In short, she’s barely living.

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twenty boy summer by sarah ockler August 5, 2011

Filed under: 4 stars,beach,besties,sad,sarah ockler,summer,v-card,ya — Andrea @ 4:15 pm

According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie–she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.Twenty Boy Summer explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.


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Matt and his sister Francesca (Frankie) have been best friends with neighbor Anna forever.  Anna’s been in love with Matt for about that long.  But she hasn’t told Frankie.  One day Matt kisses Anna.  They start a secret relationship and Matt promises to tell his sister Frankie soon.  But instead he goes and dies.  Bummer, right?

There’s sadness and crying and loss.  Anna still can’t tell Frankie the truth because she promised (the now dead) Matt she wouldn’t.  Even though he’s dead.  Because she promised.  Okay, moving on.

What better way to forget about your problems then go on a family tradition month-long trip to the beach?  To fill the empty space the now dead Matt left, the family invites Anna to join them.  The girls (mostly Frankie) decide they will meet/hit on/be hit on by/make out with/have sex with at least 20 boys.  Because Frankie lost her v-card already and now it’s time for Anna to lose hers.  But Anna’s still hung up on Matt.  But she can’t tell Frankie that because she promised Matt.  Who’s now dead.

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