The Boys of Dessen: Wes

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Wes was the first Dessen boy I fell for, as The Truth About Forever was my first Sarah Dessen read. I stayed up until 4am waiting for that moment. You know the one: “It’s so she can fly.” Run, Macy!! :D I still kind of juggle him and Dexter for the top spot. Can you blame me?! As described in the book, Wes = “Sa-woon”. He has model good looks and is totally unaware of it. On the surface, Wes is that hot, unapproachable guy…the one you tell yourself won’t give you a second glance. Once you get to know him though, you learn he is this sarcastic, funny, down-to-earth guy with a huge heart. Macy at one point describes him as “quiet and incredible” which I think really suits him. He creates these amazing metal sculptures from salvaged materials. He learned to weld in reform school. That’s right, ladies. This is one reformed semi-bad boy! Except he’s anything but. He’s actually caring, loyal and honest. Yup…SA-WOOON!

Favorite Wes scene (or one of…):

The girl in the tight black dress was passing by us now, eyeing Wes and walking entirely too slowly. “Hi,” she said, and he nodded at her but didn’t reply. Knew it, I thought.

“Honestly,” I said.


“Come on. You have to admit, it’s sort of ridiculous.”

“What is?”

Now that I had to define it, I found myself struggling for the right words. “You know,” I said, then figured Kristy had really summed it up best. “The sa-woon.”

“The what?”

“Wes, come on,” I said. “Are you seriously not aware of how girls stare at you?”

He rolled his eyes, leaning back on his palms. “Let’s get back to the idea of you being perfect.”

“Seriously. What’s it like?”

“Being perfect? I wouldn’t know.”

“Not being perfect.” I sighed. “Being…”

As I tried to come up with something, he flicked a bug off his arm.

“…gorgeous,” I finished. […]

“Again,” he said, as the parking lot girls passed by, eyeing both of us, “I wouldn’t know. You tell me.”

“Donneven,” I said, in my best Monica imitation, and he laughed. “We’re not talking about me.”

“We could be,” he said. […]

“I’m not gorgeous,” I said.

“Sure you are.”

I just shook my head, knowing this was him evading the question. “You,” I said, “have this whole tall, dark stranger thing going on. Not to mention the tortured artist bit.”


“You know what I mean.”

He shook his head, clearly discounting this description. “And you,” he said, “have that whole blonde, cool and collected, perfect smart girl thing going on.”

“You’re the boy all the girls want to rebel with,” I said.

“You,” he replied, “are the unattainable girl in homeroom who never gives a guy the time of day.” […]

“I’m not perfect,” I said. “Not even close.”

“I’m not tortured. Unless you count this conversation.”

This scene continues, but it would be waaaaay to long to post. Hopefully though, I’ve made you want to read about him a little bit more! ;D

And here’s a quote from this book that’s always stayed with me:

“For any one of us forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now. You never know for sure, so you’d better make every second count.”

Here is the synopsis for The Truth About Forever:

“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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Now Closed.



Jess @ Gone with the Words

18 Responses to “The Boys of Dessen: Wes”

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      Joy Holman

      wes is my brother’s name!he’s nothing like this one , though! I LOVE Wes!!!!<3

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    I have such an inappropriate crush on Wes. First because he's almost 10 years younger than me and second because, well, he's fictional. But still! Love him! And love the “It's so she can fly” moment. Guh!!!

    Thanks for sharing!
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    :) I love Wes as well! He's just such an amazing guy. I love that he's such a softie at heart, and so decent too. He could easily be a scoundrel -being gorgeous and all – but he isn't and you can't help but to love him for it

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    Oh Wes…. ***sigh*** He flip flops with Dex for my number two Dessen boy :) I just love that you're doing this!

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    I Eat Words

    Reading this scene makes me want to reread this book! I think I will over the summer :) Perfect time for a Dessen book!

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    I loved the scene you picked! So cute and funny and sweet! Perfect! I love Wes too…I think he' s my second fav!

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    Katelyn Torrey

    Oh man! It is Wes, my main squeeze. I can go on about why I love him for days. He sound gorgeous, I am a fan of tattoos, he is artisitc, sweet, funny, the list goes on and on! Now all I need is for him to become a real person ;)

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    Everyone loves Wes! :) You definitely did a great job posting about some of the guys.

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    Hira Hasnain

    Dexter is still my favorite…but Wes would be an extremely close second! I mean, his attitude's all “I'm a rebel”…but his actions are all “I'm a sweetheart” – it's the marriage of sensitivity with sexiness…it's HOT! :)

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    Sarah Dessen thinks up the most amazing guys!I hope to meet some like that one day.

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    Wes is in my TOP SPOT! This book is actually my favorite of all books and Sarah Dessen’s.  Dexter is the second I guess. And by the way, you have a very lovely awesome site/blog! Will keep me coming back! :)

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