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The Truth About Forever Summary

By Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever Summary

Quick—what comes to mind first, when we tell you that this book is about summer lovin'? Olivia Newton-John in a poodle skirt—or maybe her black catsuit—singing and dancing with John Travolta?

Well, if so, you wouldn't be too far off base. The Truth About Forever, just like Grease, is another summer romance where an uptight girl eventually learns to loosen up and enjoy life.

Macy Queen is going for nothing less than perfection. She's dating Jason Talbot, the perfect guy, and spends all her time studying, helping her mom at work, or volunteering with Jason. But the reason she's so focused on controlling every aspect of her world is that her dad died recently, and she's looking for something safe and sure to grab hold of.

When Jason goes away for the summer, he emails her that he thinks they should take a break from their relationship. Ugh. Macy flings herself into a double life: working with the brainiac snobs at the library by day (which she hates), and working with her crazy new friends Delia, Kristy, Monica, Bert, and Wes as a caterer by night (which she loves).

All the chaos of catering opens Macy up to experiencing life wholeheartedly again. But as her friendship with Wes—and her newfound happiness—blossom, her mom comes down really hard on her, cutting her off from oh, just about everything that's made her life worth living again.

Her sister Caroline has been working on helping their mom through her grief by getting her and Macy to help remodel their dad's old beach house. But nothing she or Macy do or say seems to be getting through to her, until (drum roll please) the night of the grand opening gala for the new townhouses her company has been building.

Everything that can go wrong goes wrong, but just when Macy's mom feels most out of control, her daughters and Delia and her crew step in to save the day. Macy's mom relaxes her death grip, Macy breaks up with Jason for good, and she starts dating Wes. He's the one that she wants. (Oooh, oooh, oooh.)

And life is good again.

  • Chapter 1

    • Macy's boyfriend is going to Brain Camp.
    • Okay, okay, it's not actually called "Brain Camp," but it's a summer camp for super-smart kids—which Jason definitely is.
    • He's got Macy helping him pack, which, for him, involves making a list and checking it not just twice, but, like, 40 billion times. Wow—obsessive much?
    • But Macy explains that Jason is perfect. Like, really. Every single kind-hearted, socially responsible, intelligent thing he does, he does amazingly well.
    • All this musing on Jason's mad life skills brings on… a flashback.
    • Macy remembers the first day she met Jason, in sophomore English class.
    • They were put into groups to discuss Macbeth, but something traumatic had recently happened to Macy, so she wasn't really all there.
    • Jason was kind to her, and explained the plot; and Macy felt like maybe he could help her through her trauma, too.
    • Back in the present, Jason and Macy hop in the car so that Jason's parents can drive them to the airport.
    • Macy will be taking over Jason's job for the summer—working at the library information desk.
    • She doesn't really expect to do much else, since she doesn't have many friends. After all, being with Jason takes all of her time.
    • They're not a very touchy-feely couple, but as they say goodbye at the airport, he does give Macy a few quick kisses. Quick being the operative word here.
    • The goodbyes bring on another flashback. This time, it's to that traumatic experience Macy had been dealing with—witnessing her dad's death.
    • She hated the sympathetic face people always made when they heard, and she hated being known as the girl who'd been there when her dad died.
    • She hadn't wanted to go jogging with him that morning (the day after Christmas), but had changed her mind and run after him a few minutes later, only to find him lying on the road, a stranger doing CPR on him.
    • Flashback over.
    • Macy gets home from the airport, and finds an EZ Products box waiting on the porch.
    • Her dad had been obsessed with ordering stuff from late night infomercials and had been such a good customer that even now, after his death, they sent him stuff on a regular basis.
    • Time for—you guessed it—another flashback.
    • Macy's dad's enthusiasm for all those wacky new products was one of the things she loved most about him.
    • After he died, Macy, her sister Caroline, and her mom Deborah, all reacted in different ways.
    • Caroline cried her eyes out; Macy brooded, silent and angry; and their mom went on a cleaning binge, giving away everything in the house they hadn't used in a while.
    • But Macy saved her dad's box of EZ Products from the Goodwill truck and hid it in her room.
    • Now, whenever a new box came, she felt like it was a gift for her from her dad—especially since his last Christmas gift to her had been an IOU.
    • He had told her the gift would be late, but that she would love it. But he had died before he had had a chance to give it to her.
    • Now, every time a new box came and her mom threw it out, she'd dig it out of the trash and add it to the collection in her room.
  • Chapter 2

    • Macy's mom is hosting a fancy-schmancy open house cocktail party at their home to sell the new houses her company builds.
    • Wait for it… BAM. Another flashback.
    • She and Macy's dad had run a carpentry business called Queen Homes together; in fact, that's how they'd met and fallen in love. Awww. The family that hammers together, stays together…
    • But Deborah had eventually pushed her husband to expand. Instead of just working on individual houses, or even small subdivisions, they began building an entire neighborhood, complete with a business district and everything.
    • They were super successful, but when Macy's dad died, Deborah blamed herself for causing him the added stress.
    • Back at the party now, Macy helps her mom take care of the guests. Schmooze, smile, point the way to the bathroom, you know.
    • She pops outside to get another box of flyers from the garage, when, suddenly... another flashback hits.
    • This time it's about Jason training her to take his place at the library for the summer.
    • His two co-workers—both girls—adore him, and so, of course, they can't stand Macy.
    • When she pointed that out to him, though, he got all impatient; that type of thing's not important to him.
    • Flashback over, and Macy's in the garage now, getting flyers.
    • Someone jumps out from behind the bushes and screams, "Gotcha" at her, so the flyers go… well, flying.
    • Turns out it's Bert, one of the caterers. He had thought she was someone else.
    • Someone else, as in, the really, really hot guy who shows up a second later.
    • They apologize, help her pick up the flyers, and then the head caterer calls for them.
    • Macy heads back inside to the party, where there's suddenly a loud crash from the kitchen.
    • Deborah is not happy (understatement of the year), and she sends Macy to go talk to the caterers.
    • In the kitchen, meatballs are rolling all over the floor, and Delia, the (pregnant) head caterer, is trying to calm her toddler, send out more appetizers, and cook some new ones to replace the meatballs—all at once. It's chaos, but her employees don't seem to care.
    • When Macy can get a word in, she tells Delia that her mom's mad… right as another crash comes from the living room.
    • Delia asks Macy to pitch in and help with the baking, and it turns out she's actually pretty good at it.
    • Another one of the caterers, named Monica, is apparently not so great at it. She's super slow, but somehow also incredibly accident-prone.
    • Macy's mom comes into the kitchen to find her and then confronts Delia about the evening's mishaps.
    • Delia apologizes and calms her down by offering to comp her remaining balance. She also tells her what a great help Macy's been.
    • She tells Macy she'd hire her in a heartbeat, and Macy heads back out to help her mom with the rest of the party.
    • Once it's over, Macy goes up to her room and checks her email.
    • Jason has written, but just about stuff he needs Macy to do for him at the library. He's just not a gushy guy.
    • Macy crawls out of her window to sit on the roof, where she hears all the Wish Catering employees below.
    • Delia, Monica, Bert, and the hot guy, Wes, are packing up their van, when Bert reminds Wes—his big brother, apparently—that Macy's dad used to be their track coach.
    • Macy is startled that someone knows her as anything but the girl whose dad died, and watches them drive away.
  • Chapter 3

    • Okay, you're never going to believe this, but guess how this chapter starts out? Yep, that's right. Yet another flashback.
    • Macy's dad had loved running, and had gotten both Caroline and Macy into running when they were little.
    • Caroline had lost interest in it once she discovered, but Macy was a runner through and through, and she loved sharing that with her dad.
    • Until he died. After that, she quit track, stopped hanging out with her friends from the team, and packed away her trophies.
    • Back in the present, Macy is staring her first day of work at the library in the face.
    • The girls there, Bethany and Amanda, are not exactly welcoming. They don't talk to her much, won't let her answer any questions, and tell her she's not invited to have lunch with them. Ouch.
    • Even worse, they get meaner by the day, and Macy finally emails Jason about it.
    • He tells her to talk to them about it, and he seems much more concerned that she's not taking the job seriously. Okaaay…
    • Macy's mom tries to cheer her up, but she doesn't really understand.
    • Macy hasn't ever shared her real feelings about her dad's death with her mom. She wishes she could, but now she feels like it's too late. C'mon, Macy, we're rooting for ya.
    • Macy emails Jason back, telling him how much she misses him, how hard it is at the library, and that she loves him.
    • Then she crawls out onto the roof again, for…no, really? Another flashback?
    • This time it's about her big sister, Caroline. Boy-crazy, wild Caroline.
    • She was always getting in trouble in high school and would often sneak out of Macy's window at night to go party with guys.
    • After their dad died, things got more serious with her college boyfriend—who was 10 years older than her—and they got married right after she graduated.
    • Macy and Jason aren't wild like she was, though. Caroline thinks Macy needs to live a little. Party. Relax. Have fun.
    • Flashback over, Macy's mom is leaving for a conference at the beach. Awesome. But Macy doesn't want to come along, because it would remind her of her dad's beloved old beach house, and thus, her dad.
    • But that means she's all alone at home when she gets the email from Jason.
    • You saw it coming, didn't you?
    • Yep, it's the email where he tells her he wants to take a break from their relationship. Why? Because of her "dependency" on him.
    • Ummm… what?
    • Macy goes for a long drive to calm down, and while she's out, she happens to see the Wish Catering van, with Delia driving.
    • She takes a chance and follows them. You go, girl.
  • Chapter 4

    • Macy is standing outside the mansion where the Wish caterers are setting up, trying to work up the courage to go in.
    • Just as she decides to leave, a girl comes out.
    • Macy can't stop staring at the huge scars on the girl's face (smooth, Macy), but finally asks for Delia.
    • The girl tells her that Delia is up in the kitchen and asks if Macy will help her push some carts up the hill to the house, if she's headed that way anyway. Talk about the ability to delegate.
    • Her name is Kristy, and she's Monica's sister.
    • When they get to the kitchen, Macy asks Delia if her job offer still stands.
    • Delia tells her she's hired, and after Kristy's pleading, lets Macy drive the van up the hill to unload the rest of their stuff, even though it's against the mansion's rules.
    • Kristy and Delia give Macy a crash course in catering, warning her about "gobblers" (who'll eat everything off your tray if you let them) and "grabbers" (who'll actually try to keep you from moving away from them.).
    • Once she starts making the rounds at the wedding reception, she's shocked at how much gossip she overhears about the bride's and groom's families.
    • The main problem, though, is that the bride is crying over the napkins Delia had printed.
    • They say "Molly and Roger, Forever…" instead of "Molly and Roger, Forever." Bridezilla, anyone?
    • Macy tries to help, by explaining what an ellipsis is—but that just makes it worse. She feels awful, but Kristy tells her it's not her fault.
    • After the party, which was just one narrowly averted disaster after the next, Macy can't understand how everyone else could be so calm about it all, when she'd been totally stressing.
    • Suddenly, Bert and Wes drive up in Bert's new car. Well, new to him; he got it at an auto salvage yard. And… it's an ambulance.
    • It turns out it's Bert's 16th birthday. Oh, and he and Wes are Delia's nephews.
    • Kristy, Monica, Bert, and Wes decide to go out driving in the new "car," and they invite Macy, too. But she's too haunted by the memory of her last ride in an ambulance with her dad to be able to say yes.
  • Chapter 5

    • Macy tries to compose an email to send Jason, but finally gives up and decides not to reply at all. Stupid Jason.
    • Her mom is back, and has found out about her new catering job because of a stain on her shirt. Macy couches her confession in a few lies, though, to make it more palatable to her. (Hmmm, so not the most open of relationships, here?)
    • She's surprised that Macy likes working with Delia, and she tells her that the library job should be her first priority.
    • Macy agrees, and then proceeds to not tell her mom that Jason basically broke up with her. (Suspicion confirmed.)
    • Speaking of the library, Bethany and Amanda have now crossed over into the Total Jerk Zone.
    • They know that Jason dumped Macy, and are making no secret of it. Talk about Mean Girls.
    • That night, Delia calls Macy to ask if she might be able to come over and help her make finger sandwiches for a luncheon the next day.
    • Macy's about to say no, but then she realizes that it's a beautiful summer night, and she has nothing else to do, really. Why not spend some time making sammies?
    • Delia gives her directions, and she heads out.
    • Of course, like Delia herself, the directions are a little nutty, so Macy gets lost and keeps passing the same country produce stand.
    • Finally, the lady running the stand calls out to her and tells her where to turn and to watch out for the big hole in the road, right past the sculpture.
    • The sculpture turns out to be a huge metal hand with a heart in the middle, which distracts Macy just long enough to get her tire stuck in the hole.
    • Luckily, Wes comes out and tows her car out of danger.
    • As Macy sits with Delia in her garage and makes sandwiches, Delia tells her that she feels there's a reason for everything—even chaos and problems.
    • She also tells her that her sister, Wes and Bert's mom, died of breast cancer.
    • Before she got sick, Wes had fallen in with a bad crowd, and was even arrested; but once she got cancer, he changed. He was the one who had made that huge sculpture.
    • Macy wishes she could deal with her dad's death the way Delia is dealing with her sister's.
  • Chapter 6

    • Now it's Wes's turn to jump out at Bert. They're at another catering event, and Macy is hiding in a closet with him, waiting.
    • Whoa, what? Macy's hiding in a closet with Wes? What's going on there? Did we miss something?
    • No, no, nothing's going on. Macy just came in to hang up a guest's wrap, and found him in there, waiting to pounce on Bert.
    • The pounce is successful, Bert screams like a girl, and then he vows revenge on both of them.
    • They all head to the kitchen, where Delia realizes they've left the main course—six hams—at her house. Oops.
    • As usual, she figures out a way to save the day, and everyone goes home happy.
    • Macy is really enjoying the craziness of the catering job, and the new friends she's made, but she still never goes out with them afterwards.
    • When she goes home, she sees her dad's old truck parked outside. That means Caroline has come to visit.
    • At lunch the next day, Caroline tries to talk their mom into renovating their dad's old beach house and then going there for a family vacation.
    • Their mom really fights the idea, but Caroline eventually brings her around to it. She's trying to help her deal with his death.
    • Lunch takes so long that Macy is 20 minutes late getting back to the library. Uh-oh…
    • When Bethany and Amanda comment, she finally realizes that not only will she never be perfect, but you know what? She doesn't want to be.
    • That night, after a catering job, she finally agrees to go out with Kristy and the gang.
  • Chapter 7

    • Of course, going out on a Friday night requires a bit of primping, so first they head to Kristy and Monica's house, a trailer home they share with their grandma (the woman from the produce stand). Man, everyone's related.
    • Kristy gives Macy a total makeover, from her clothes to her hair, while Monica watches.
    • As Kristy works on her, she tells her she got her scars in a car accident. She was even bald for a while because of a surgery she had to have on the back of her head.
    • Her mom had been drunk, driving her to school, and hit a tree. Monica was home sick that day.
    • Once she finishes putting curlers in Macy's hair, she heads to the bathroom to get some bronzer (for her um, cleavage), and Macy is so far out of her comfort zone that she panics.
    • She starts taking the curlers out, grabs her purse, and is almost to the door when Kristy comes back in.
    • Not realizing she was trying to escape, she talks her into finishing the makeover, and when Macy sees the final product in the mirror, she's amazed. She looks great.
    • Bert picks them up in his ambulance (cool?), and they drive out to a party in a park.
    • Kristy and Monica head over to get beers, and Macy sits with Bert on his bumper.
    • She sees Wes talking with a group of guys and feels a lurch in her stomach. And when he sees her, he comes right over.
    • But suddenly, someone else comes over, too. A girl Macy used to run with in track—and she's drunk.
    • She brings up Macy's past and her dad's death, and Macy is horrified that her new friends now know her history.
    • But her new friends turn out to be totally and completely awesome about it.
    • Kristy takes her hand, and they all tell her what an idiot that girl was. Not one of them makes that sympathetic face Macy hates.
    • The girls end up in the ambulance, talking boys. (Duh.)
    • Kristy tells Macy about her last boyfriend, who had left her for dead in the middle of nowhere. (Seriously? That's all we get? We need more info here.)
    • Macy tells Kristy and Monica a little about her situation with Jason, and then they talk about how dreamy Wes is.
    • Kristy and Monica had both had mega crushes on him when they first met, but now he's like family to them.
    • The girls want to know why Jason and Macy are on a break, so she explains—and Kristy is outraged on Macy's behalf. (Thank you. So are we.)
    • She gives Macy a pep talk, telling her she deserves better. Amen.
    • Kristy and Monica leave to get more beer, and guess who comes over to take their place? Wes.
    • Macy is tongue-tied, but finally asks him about the tattoo on his arm; it's the same design as his sculpture.
    • He tells her it's really his mom's design, and after her death, he started playing around with it.
    • They bond over their parents' deaths, and then start talking about running. Wes is into it, too, but isn't as fast as Macy was.
    • When Kristy gets back, she whispers to Macy that she could totally tell she's into him.
  • Chapter 8

    • Caroline is back, and she's showing Macy and their mom pictures of the beach house.
    • She's gently helping them both work through their dad's death—opening their wounds with the pictures and the memories, but then quickly giving them something to hang on to by asking their thoughts on some aspect of the remodeling. Man, she's good.
    • Caroline goes out to her car to get some upholstery swatches for them to look at (take a look at these swatches!), and Macy heads for the laundry room to get her clothes out of the dryer.
    • She likes the idea of fixing up the beach house, but her mom still isn't sure, following her and talking about taking it down completely and building a new one from scratch. C'mon, mom.
    • When Macy gets Kristy's tank top out of the dryer, though—the cleavage-exposing one from her makeover—her mom notices and asks if it's new.
    • Macy thinks fast, and tells her a friend lent it to her to drive home in when she spilled salad dressing on her shirt. So, mom wouldn't approve of the partying, then, eh?
    • The next day, Caroline drags Macy along to the farmer's market to get some arugula for dinner. Macy didn't wash her hair and is wearing sloppy old clothes, so of course, who turns up? Why, Wes, naturally.
    • He's got a table selling his artwork, a bunch of angel whirligig sculptures.
    • Macy tries to avoid him, but he sees them (of course), so they have to walk over to say hi.
    • Caroline was an art major in college, so she goes nuts, analyzing the medium and message of his work.
    • Wes agrees with her analyses—out loud, at least. Then he turns to Macy to whisper that he wasn't really thinking that deeply when he made them; he just liked the materials.
    • He gives Macy a little angel with special sea-glass in its halo. (Interesting development…)
    • She almost refuses to take it, but she finally gives in.
    • Caroline buys several larger angels for her own back porch, and they head home.
  • Chapter 9

    • Another catering job, and guess who's there? Jason's parents. Yikes.
    • She tries to stay in the kitchen, shelling shrimp with Wes (so romantic?), but when Monica drops a couple of glasses of red wine on the carpet, Delia makes her go out to try to get the stain out.
    • As she scrubs, Mr. and Mrs. Talbot recognize her, and they come over to ask why she's there.
    • Kristy comes over to see what's going on, and Mr. Talbot has a little chat with Macy about Jason's decision regarding their relationship.
    • Kristy is horrified on Macy's behalf and storms into the kitchen to tell everyone how rude he just was.
    • Macy considers just walking out, she is so mortified. But she decides to stay, knowing that even if she doesn't fit into the Talbots' world anymore, at least she belongs in her new friends' world.
    • After the party, Delia feels like she's forgetting something, but can't for the life of her remember what.
    • So they all get into their separate cars—Wes and Macy alone in the van, by the way—to leave.
    • Kristy, Monica, Wes, and Macy are headed to another party. Or, at least, that was the plan.
    • But after about five minutes, the van runs out of gas. That's what Delia forgot.
    • So Wes and Macy are stranded together in the middle of nowhere. Hmmm…not such a bad situation, actually…
    • They start walking to find a gas station, and they play a word game as they go. It's like a road trip car game on foot.
    • But pretty soon, they change games.
    • Now they're playing Truth. (No, not Truth or Dare, just Truth. Got it? Okay. Just checking.)
    • The rules are pretty simple: you ask a question, and the other person has to tell the truth. If they won't answer it, though, and you answer the next question they ask you, you win.
    • Macy asks Wes why he was sent to reform school, and he tells her he and some friends broke into a house to drink a few beers.
    • Then he asks her about Jason, so she gives him the scoop.
    • They quibble about the rules of the game for a few minutes, and then she asks him about his last girlfriend—only to find out that he still has a girlfriend. As in, he's taken.
    • Even worse? She's in jail and rehab. Her name is Becky.
    • She gets out at the end of the summer. So… same situation there as with Jason and Macy? Hmm, not quite.
    • Wes asks Macy why she stopped running, so she hesitantly tells him about her dad's death.
    • Right as he's about to comment, a car finally drives by, and stops to give them a ride.
    • The man driving tells them that the closest gas station was just a few minutes in the opposite direction from the place they broke down, and he takes them there.
    • Kristy calls to find out what's keeping them and tells them they might as well go home—the party's a dud.
  • Chapter 10

    • Macy's mom is totally stressing.
    • She's in charge of everything for the new neighborhood that Queen Homes is building, so she's beyond busy.
    • Caroline stops by every once in a while to update them on the progress at the beach house, and she's worried about her mom.
    • She insists that she take a vacation and finally talks her into scheduling one for the day after her big opening gala for the luxury townhouses she's working on.
    • Later that day, at a party, Wes and Macy are hanging out once again.
    • Some girls from school are staring at them, and Macy thinks it's because of her association with Jason—they think she's too perfect to be there.
    • They compare notes on what their significant others would be doing at the party: Jason would be complaining about the smoke and worried about recycling the beer cans, while Becky would be passed out somewhere or sneaking pot behind a bush. Wow. They'd really just be the life of the party, wouldn't they?
    • Then their conversation gets strangely flirty, but since they're both taken, it doesn't quite feel like it. They basically tell each other how gorgeous and amazing they are.
    • They resume their game of Truth, and Macy gets Wes to tell her he doesn't like girls staring at him. All they care about is his surface, and he's much more concerned with what's inside a person. We like the sounds of that.
    • Now Wes asks Macy why she cares so much about being that way—perfect, that is.
    • She explains that after her dad died, she needed some way to feel like she was in control of something, at least.
    • Macy's starting to fall for Wes, don't you think?
    • At the library the next day, Kristy shows up with Monica, who wanted to get some books.
    • She talks Macy into going to lunch with them, in spite of the way Bethany and Amanda will react.
    • She even yells across the library at them to stop staring. Awe. Some.
    • Macy is finally glad that she's not like them, instead of wishing she could be. Go Macy.
  • Chapter 11

    • Macy's over at Kristy and Monica's place, protesting about going on a triple date with three guys Kristy and Monica met the other day.
    • Kristy's exasperated, complaining that she'll hang out with Wes, but not this guy; but Macy explains that they're just friends, since they're both already in a relationship.
    • This makes Kristy think they're secretly pining for each other, since their love is forbidden. Macy just rolls her eyes at this one.
    • When the guys show up, Macy's date has already puked his guts out and passed out in the backseat, so Macy decides not to come. Good call.
    • Once the other girls leave, Macy wanders around their grandma's garden for a bit and finds an amazing sculpture—another one of Wes's.
    • As she looks at it, Wes comes up behind her, scaring her to death.
    • To apologize, he brings her to the World of Waffles restaurant, which is his special spot to go when he needs inspiration. And he buys her a pencil that smells like syrup. Where can we get us one of those?
    • They talk about his art and their families and how they had both felt like certain things were messages from beyond after their parents died: the EZ Products for Macy, and for Wes, the to-do lists his mom left everywhere.
    • Finally, Wes brings Macy back to Kristy's house, where she's going to spend the night. So, was this, like, a date?
    • Kristy and Monica didn't have a very good time with the guys, so Kristy is totally bummed out.
    • When Macy gets home the next morning, her mom is waiting for her. Uh-oh…
    • She tells her to come talk with her, and Macy's worried she's in trouble like Caroline used to be.
    • They chat about her jobs, and then her mom brings up the real issue: Mrs. Talbot has told her about Jason wanting a break.
    • She's concerned that she's spending too much time with her new friends and not enough focusing on her future.
    • Macy agrees to keep her priorities straight and realizes she still can't tell her mom everything, even though she wants her to.
    • She goes up to her room and finds a package on her bed, along with a note from Caroline explaining that she'd found it at the beach house.
    • It's the IOU Christmas gift—her last gift from her dad. She puts it, still wrapped, in her closet.
  • Chapter 12

    • The game of Truth continues.
    • Macy and Wes are learning all kinds of things about each other: his phobia of clowns, her getting puked on in 5th grade. You know, the important stuff.
    • But there is some serious stuff, too, like how Wes worries about Bert…
    • Who, by the way, is now on his way to his annual Armageddon club social (What? This exists?), doused in way too much cologne.
    • Macy comes into Wes and Bert's house for the first time and helps Bert decide what to wear.
    • When he leaves, Wes asks Macy if she wants to come with him to a party to drop off some car parts for a friend. She says okay.
    • When they get there, Kristy pounces.
    • She's hopping mad, thinking they're on a date and Macy didn't tell her.
    • Macy explains the situation, and Kristy pulls her into a drinking game with some guy friends of hers. Oh, dear—this won't end well.
    • By the time Wes finds her, she's pretty tipsy.
    • Kristy drags her away again to talk to some guy, who turns out to be a total creep. He starts coming on way to strong, and when Macy loses her balance trying to fight him off, who's suddenly there to catch her? Our hero: Wes.
    • Macy grabs his hand for dear life as he helps her to the car.
    • He takes her back to her house, but they sit in the driveway for hours, talking.
    • Playing Truth again, Macy tells Wes she wishes she weren't so afraid—of being spontaneous, of talking to her mom.
    • Wes's response is so sweet that Macy tells him how wonderful he is, and they almost—almost—kiss.
    • But they don't. And the game continues.
    • Macy asks Wes what one thing he would do, if he could do anything. But he won't answer. Huh?
    • So now, if Macy answers his next question, she wins.
    • But he refuses to ask. He tells her he'll ask the final question sometime soon. Interesting…
    • Just then, Macy's mom drives up, so they say goodbye, and Macy goes inside.
  • Chapter 13

    • Caroline has come by again to show Macy and their mom pictures of how nicely the beach house is coming along. But Macy is worried that their mom isn't really ready for it yet.
    • A few days later, Macy helps cater an event close to her house.
    • After it's over, Delia asks if she can use the restroom at Macy's place. She is very pregnant, after all.
    • Bert is horrified, because any delay in getting home might cause him to miss his favorite show—Update: Armageddon. Such a cheerful subject.
    • Macy invites them all in to watch it; her mom is out of town for the night.
    • They're all amazed at how huge and fancy her house is.
    • Macy starts getting them Cokes, when her mom suddenly appears—she'd been there the whole time. Uh oh.
    • She introduces her friends to her, but mama ain't happy.
    • She takes her into her office to talk and tells her it's not a good night for company. Macy's got to work at the library in the morning and then work the welcome booth at the 4th of July picnic to help her mom.
    • She agrees that they'll leave as soon as Bert's show is over, and then she rejoins her friends.
    • As they're chatting, Wes mentions his arrest—and of course, of course, Macy's mom overhears.
    • She has Macy back in her office in a flash, freaking out about Wes, while Macy tries to calm her.
    • She insists they leave the second the show is over, and then calls out loudly, as Macy returns to the living room, that Jason is coming back for a visit. Tomorrow.
    • Totally awkward ending to what could have been a fun evening.
  • Chapter 14

    • Macy wakes up in an awful mood from a terrible nightmare in which she kept trying to jump in a car with her dad, but the car kept lurching away.
    • At breakfast, Macy's mom tries to talk to her, but she keeps answering phone calls on her cell after every few words. So annoying.
    • Finally, she gets it out. She doesn't want Macy hanging around with her new friends outside of work.
    • Macy tries to object, but before she can get a word in, her mom's back on the phone. Nice.
    • When Macy goes to leave for work, her car is blocked, so her mom has to drive her.
    • Macy's so mad that she decides to tell the truth for once. She tells her mom about her bad dream—and then, about all the bad dreams she'd had since her dad died.
    • She waits for some sort of major response from her mom, but gets… nada. Nothing. Zilch.
    • At the library, Bethany and Amanda are all atwitter about Jason's visit, and they send Macy to sort magazines in the back room.
    • Suddenly, in comes…nope, not Jason. Wes.
    • He comes up to Macy, but mean girls Bethany and Amanda jump into action, telling him they're sure she won't be able to help him.
    • He gets pretty annoyed, but since they insist, he asks them his question—where did the big tongs get packed last night?
    • Ah, beautiful and fully deserved humiliation.
    • The girls back off and let them talk.
    • Wes tells her they could really use her help getting ready for a catering event.
    • She thinks about it a minute, and then, just like that, she quits.
    • The girls are horrified, but she jumps over the counter and walks out with Wes, free and spontaneous.
  • Chapter 15

    • Wes is totally impressed by Macy's nerve.
    • They're babysitting Lucy, Delia's toddler, so Delia can focus on prepping for their next event.
    • Macy has turned her cell phone off, so if Jason calls, she won't have to deal with it yet.
    • She has until 6:00, when she has to meet her mom at the picnic, to put off the meeting.
    • While she's coloring with Lucy, she notices Wes's workshop nearby and asks him to show her around.
    • They take Lucy and spin a giant whirligig for her, but soon Delia calls for Wes's help in lifting something.
    • Lucy shows Macy a bunch of smaller heart-in-hand sculptures nearby.
    • When Wes and Delia come back, it's with good news: their client has changed their mind and ordered coleslaw and macaroni and cheese, which they already have plenty of, instead of the potato salad they were going to have to spend hours making.
    • Delia is suspicious of such a stroke of luck. Too good to be true?
    • And their strange luck continues through all their preparations. Everything is working like clockwork. Weird.
    • Delia even has some extra time on her hands before they have to head out, so she chats with Macy about her mom, telling her she should keep trying to talk to her.
    • Everything at the party goes so smoothly, so much so that it even starts to freak Macy out. She has plenty of peace to start worrying about how her mom will react to her quitting.
    • When Wes asks her if she's worried about Jason, she finally realizes: it's over with Jason. (We knew it all along, didn't we?)
    • And right then, Delia's water breaks.
  • Chapter 16

    • Things get kind of crazy for Macy now.
    • She's supposed to be meeting her mom in 15 minutes, but instead, she's on the way to the hospital with Delia.
    • The hospital where her dad was brought, too, by the way.
    • The memories are totally panicking her, and when she finally gets a grip on them, she gets scared for Delia's sake.
    • Finally, at 7:00, she decides to call her mom. Dun dun dun.
    • Deborah doesn't pick up, though, so Macy leaves her a message, explaining what happened.
    • When she gets back, Delia has had her baby—another little girl.
    • Looking at Delia and her daughter, Macy thinks of her own relationship with her mom and how much they've lost.
    • She hurries out of the room to an empty corner, and finally, for the first time since her father's death, starts sobbing.
    • Soon after, Wes finds her, and folds her into his arms, until she cries herself out. Okay, it's time for those tissues.
    • She says goodbye to Delia, and then Wes drops Macy off at the picnic, which is breaking up.
    • She finds her mom deep in conversation, but even when everyone leaves, her mom refuses to speak to her, other than to tell her to go home, change, and get into bed. Yikes.
    • Macy is in shock, but when she gets home and sees herself in the mirror, she realizes she is a mess from the catering event and all the crying.
    • But it's so much more than just her appearance that's got her mom steaming.
    • Jason had told her how she quit, and they'd both been calling her cell phone over and over again, trying to find her.
    • Caroline happens to stop by the next morning, so she coaches Macy on how to act when their mom is this furious, having had tons of practice herself.
    • Macy finally works up the courage to go down to her mom.
    • She tells Macy she is not allowed to cater anymore or see any of her catering friends. She is to work 9 to 5, Monday through Saturday, for her mom, helping with clients. Oh, and she now has an 8:00PM curfew.
    • Macy can't do anything but agree, so her mom leaves the room.
    • She sees Wes walking by outside, but can't say anything to him—so he moves on. (Heart. Ache.)
  • Chapter 17

    • Macy's gotten used to her punishment now. She had been sulking, but now she's acting cold, but polite, toward her mom.
    • She is super restricted on what she can do. Basically, she's miserable.
    • Wes calls to talk, but it's not the same.
    • Kristy calls, too, but she has a boyfriend now, so she's busy a lot.
    • Suddenly, out of the blue, Jason emails. He apologizes for being harsh and seems like he might want to get back together.
    • Macy is so horrified by the thought that her life is slipping back into what is was before this summer that she breaks the rules and drives out to Wes's house.
    • He's not home, so she goes on to Kristy's.
    • Bert is there, just leaving for a date. Wow, really?
    • Macy goes in, wanting to talk to Kristy, but she's out. Only Monica is there.
    • So she heads back home again, and—on the drive home—sees Wes at a stoplight.
    • They talk for a minute, but Wes says he has an appointment to get to.
    • He's acting weird, so Macy gets back into her defensive mode. She tells him she might get back together with Jason, and then leaves. Ugh.
    • After driving almost all the way home, she changes her mind and turns around. She head over to the World of Waffles, hoping to find Wes.
    • She does. (Yay.)
    • But he's not alone. (Boo.)
    • He's sitting with Becky. (Double boo.)
    • Macy drives home, convinced that their friendship is over.
  • Chapter 18

    • Macy finally notices how insanely stressed and tired her mom is, especially with the grand opening gala coming up.
    • She's slipping back into her old life, now that things are over with Wes, and she even emails Jason back.
    • Wes called for a few days after their last meeting, but now he's given up.
    • Macy's mom is fighting with all the contractors and even the fancy caterer for the gala. Suddenly, Caroline pops in, and tells them it's done. Yep, the beach house is finished.
    • She wants her mom to come see it that weekend, but Deborah's too busy.
    • Caroline is upset, but at least it's only a week till their family vacation.
    • Except that—oh, c'mon—Deborah doesn't remember committing to that, and says it's impossible. She can't take a vacation.
    • Caroline blows up, yelling at her that she needs to face the past and telling her how miserable Macy has been, too.
    • Her mom still refuses, so Caroline drives away, crying.
    • At 5:00PM, Macy leaves her mom in her office and goes home.
    • There's another EZ Products box on the porch, and she opens it to see what it is.
    • A bit later, her mom calls, asking for Delia's phone number. Her caterer just quit.
  • Chapter 19

    • Caroline isn't speaking to her mom or Macy—not even emailing.
    • Deborah isn't too concerned, but Macy is.
    • Her mom has other things on her mind, though—her gala preparations are becoming more and more chaotic.
    • Everything is falling apart, and the only good news is that Delia has agreed to cater. Wow. For Deborah to consider that a good thing, everything else must be pretty bad.
    • Caroline shows up, randomly, unloading seven big angel sculptures onto their lawn so she can take pictures of them.
    • Her mom isn't thrilled about this, with the gala so near, but Caroline tells her all about how impressive Wes's work is, and how he even won a prize for it last year.
    • And once neighbors start commenting on the artwork, she asks Caroline if she'll stay overnight and leave the pieces there for the gala. And Caroline agrees.
    • That night, Macy doesn't sleep very well, and the next morning, she's woken up by… Wes.
    • He's outside, but it was her dad's voice she had heard calling her.
    • Wes is dropping something off, and he asks Macy why she wouldn't answer his calls.
    • She tells him he had been acting weird and that she had seen him with Becky.
    • He gets it now, but she goes on, saying that things were back to the way they wanted.
    • He asks her if this is really what she wants, and when she says yes (lies!), he drives away.
    • Just then, Macy notices that the tent for the gala has been shredded by the overnight wind. Like, into tiny pieces.
    • Deborah is a basket case. Everything is falling apart, and even though she's fighting her way through this day of ribbon-cuttings and last minute prep for the gala, she can't control everything.
    • Meanwhile, Macy is realizing that she has changed this summer, and that Wes had been her second chance at life. Duh.
    • She gets her dad's IOU gift out of her closet, and she opens it.
    • Get this: it's one of Wes's heart-in-hand sculptures. (Can you say sign from beyond?)
    • And just then, it starts pouring rain.
  • Chapter 20

    • Deborah has snapped.
    • She's running around the house, barking hysterical orders at Macy and Caroline.
    • Everything that can possibly go wrong is going wrong. Even stuff that can't go wrong is going wrong.
    • Just as Delia and her crew arrive, Deborah accidentally breaks a soap dish in the bathroom. She loses it and goes into her office to cry.
    • This time, it's Macy, not Caroline, who goes to her.
    • As she hugs her, they can hear Caroline telling Delia about all the disasters.
    • And Delia takes charge, ready to save the day as usual.
    • She makes the house ready for the guests, while Macy sits with her sniffling mom by the window.
    • Finally, Delia sends Deborah up to take a shower before the party.
    • Once she gets down again, Kristy waxes poetic about the tragic situation between Macy and Wes. That means Deborah finally hears the whole story, including the reason why Jason wanted a break.
    • And—wait for it—Kristy tells Macy that Wes had been breaking up with Becky at the World of Waffles, so that he could date Macy.
    • Whoa.
    • But before she can do anything, the guests start arriving.
    • Surprisingly, Monica gives Macy a little pep talk, telling her it's not too late, before walking away to get a tray.
  • Chapter 21

    • The party is a huge success.
    • But then Jason shows up, wanting to talk to Macy.
    • He's not impressed with Wes's sculptures, which drives her up a wall.
    • He starts talking about their relationship, and how they should make lists and have a dialogue about what they each want out of it.
    • Macy gets frustrated with him, until she realizes that he just really doesn't get it. He really believes everything can be anticipated and prepared for.
    • Suddenly, Macy sees Wes in the kitchen.
    • Caroline calls her in, and she comes over, thinking she wants her to see Wes—but she's talking about a new sculpture that has been dropped off.
    • Jason calls her back, but Macy is beyond listening to him or Caroline.
    • She runs like never before to catch up to Wes and makes him ask her the question he had passed on—what would she do, if she could do anything?
    • And then… she kisses him.
  • Chapter 22

    • Remember all those flashbacks? Well, now we've got a flash forward.
    • Macy is awoken at the beach house by someone who wants to go jogging.
    • Caroline is in the living room reading, and their mom is relaxing on the porch. Their relationships are improving, and they're all calmer and happier.
    • Wes comes with them to the beach house sometimes and so does Kristy.
    • Macy runs onto the beach to catch up with—who else? Wes.
    • And they continue their game of Truth. Forever.