The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was exactly what I needed after a very full week of insanity. Macy is dealing with the death of her father by keeping her life in control. Her grades are perfect, her days are structured, her boyfriend is a genius, and her mother has kept the family business going well enough to support them. Never mind that Macy cut the heart out of her life. She used to be a champion runner, but that was easy enough to quit after her father died on what should have been their morning run.
Enter a crazy crew of caterers - now I've actually done catering work before, so I could relate to the constant sense of being out of control. It's one of those jobs that requires a person to think on their feet and never give the project up for lost. They cater one of Macy's mother's get-togethers and when Macy is sent into the kitchen to dish out a reprimand, she ends up stationed at the oven, and decides to sign up for more. The Wish Catering company, and one particularly gorgeous employee, Wes, guide Macy through a summer where control clashes with the out-of-control in a pitch perfect life transition story.
The story is set up and paid it off exactly as it should be. The only reason I didn't give it that elusive fifth star was because the payoff didn't have much element of surprise - though it was beautifully crafted. You've seen this climax and what comes after pattern before. This version is well tuned and expertly executed.