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The Truth About Forever

The Truth About Forever


by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever Theme of Language and Communication

In The Truth About Forever, Macy and her mom just do not communicate. And they haven't for almost two years. They're both totally aware they aren't really done grieving, but neither one wants to let the other know that things are tough. So what does it take to get them to finally open up? Wes's probing questions a boatload of chaos, apparently. And probably—we're guessing—time to heal.

Questions About Language and Communication

  1. Would things have been better for Macy if she and her mom had been more open about their grief?
  2. Why doesn't Macy's mom want to listen to her side of the story?
  3. If Delia had been Macy's mom, how would Macy's story have changed?
  4. Is Caroline a better communicator than her mom and sister?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Macy and Deborah might both be bad communicators, but the blame falls on Deborah. She's the mom, and it's her responsibility to talk with her daughter.

Open lines of communication wouldn't have helped Macy and her mom, anyway. They just needed time to heal.

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