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Forever (original 1975; edition 1989)

by Judy Blume

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Title:Forever
Authors:Judy Blume
Info:Pocket (1989), Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
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Tags:relationships, sex

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I first read Forever in my pre-teens or teen years, my memory is a little rusty on that. I do remember it was the 80's and at the time I read it I was very surprised by the content. I couldn't believe a teen book would so openly discuss the topic of sex. And I always remember that is was a favorite book of mine. So when I came across it again over a year ago on Goodreads, I decided to get a copy for my Kindle and now I've finally re-read it and realize that I had forgotten basically everything about it. It was like reading it for the first time again. The only thing I recognized was a line that I never forgot to this day that for the life of me I couldn't remember where I heard it or read it. I did wonder at one point if it was from a Judy Blume book but I couldn't be sure.

....."once your there you can't go back to holding hands"

I was right about it being from a Judy Blume book, however I never forgot that it was referring to taking the difficult and irreversible step to having sex for the first time. And I've always agreed with that statement. The consequences that can come from such a monumental step can be devastating if not entered into prepared. It also doesn't matter the age although the younger the more mistakes are likely.

Blume wrote a very brave and honest depiction of a young person's coming of age story that will always be current no matter the decade. One thing that struck me was the openness and courage of the young people in this story compared to the contemporary books I read today. Katherine, Erica, Michael and Artie were very forthcoming with their feelings and opinions. No beating around the bush. The parents were actually present and involved too. Of course I do love my modern contemporary but it was refreshing to step back in time and just be real for a moment. Speaking of stepping back in time it was the seventies so the Sex, Drugs, that includes alcohol, and maybe a little Rock and Roll, were present and accounted for, but not in an out of control way. It was just enough to show what the time was like then and it also show that the more things change the more they stay the same.

I thought this story was a very real look at the life of the teenager, about making choices, whether they be good or bad. Realizing that your life doesn't end after high school, your just entering another chapter and experiencing their first true love, and the growing pains that come with all that.

I really enjoyed this book and I probably didn't appreciate what Blume did for society when she wrote this book back in the 70's. I wasn't even aware that it was wrong to write a book like this at the time and can look back and see how far society has come. Even though today there are still heated discussions on how much to inform young people with in parts of our society. This book not only entertained my mind but it made me reflect. ( )
  GigisIrieReads | Apr 20, 2016 |
I just wish that I had read this when I was in high school.

This book, simple in its form, tells the story of Kath and Michael during the 1970s. They are two 17-year-olds that decide to have sex and guess what... the world doesn't end because of it.
Kath's life revolves around tennis, her friends, and her family. We get real insights as to what's inside the teen's head and what really happens when she graduates and gets ready to go to college.
The (bad) language is minimal, the sex is... well, there's a few scenes but I think they are essential because it demonstrates the awkwardness of that "first time".
What is also amazing to me is how Blume (praise Judy Blume!) has Kath goes through getting birth control for the first time. The doctor's examination is explained, and the scenario is not scary. Kath explains her nervousness, but then says "[that] was nothing".

This is a MUST-read for any teen going through that first relationship with sex and all the feels. ( )
  cellar-door | Mar 27, 2016 |
I know this book is considered groundbreaking for YA and all, but... did anyone else think that it just wasn't very good?

The note at the beginning of the book gave me pause, because I feel like one of the truisms about writing that I most agree with is that, when you write a story ONLY to tell a message, it often ends up not being a good story. (That being said, I love stories with messages--but I think the best ones are delivered with some subtlety and finesse.) And I think that was totally true here.

I didn't get a great sense of character about anyone; or even why the two main characters were drawn to each other in the first place. I felt like this was a book purely to talk about two teenagers having sex and then not staying in love, and as such, it was awkward, uncomfortable, and not that enjoyable. Also, it was unnecessarily explicit--yuck. I didn't really connect to any of the characters. And the writing wasn't very enjoyable, either. The constant use of ellipses drove me crazy.

I wish I just hadn't read it. ( )
  elephantine | Nov 27, 2015 |
I, as an adult, am certainly not the intended audience for this play-by-play description of a girl's emotional and sexual progression with one boy. It was uncomfortable to read, as it felt like someone giving you "way too much information," and half the time it felt like a manual, and some of the time I could imagine it being like that cool relative that teens respect because they tell you everything you want to know about things your parents won't talk to you about. It certainly didn't feel like good writing, and I certainly didn't have any attachment to the characters as people.... I don't know. I didn't enjoy it, and I'd certainly never be able to put it in my classroom (which is what I read it for in the first place). I give it a 2 instead of a one, which would be more accurate in terms of how much I enjoyed the book, because it is probably...important? REvolutionary at one time? Maybe still? I also did appreciate one truth portrayed; the protagonist realizes that she made promises she couldn't possibly keep when she was young and "in love." I could relate to that.

I do want to point out that while it is uncomfortably detailed in a way that explains to teens what they want to know (all the details, really), it's not in any way erotic or pornographic. It's more like if your MOM says, "Ask me anything about sex and I'll tell you," and when you do ask, she takes a deep breath, closes her eyes and lays it all out. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
I will remember this book "Forever", it changed me. I read it in 6th grade back in the 80's because there was so much buzz about, I actually found it in the school library! I have to say that I learned a lot from it, more than I ever did from my mom (she had no clue what I was reading back then!) I feel that it comes from an honest place and is still a fair representation of first experiences; love, sex, and heartbreak. What I respected the most was that it shows young girls that life goes on and that there are plenty of new experiences waiting to happen. I actually would let me daughter read this when she reaches a certain age of maturity and can handle the content. ( )
  GwendolynGrace | Jul 15, 2015 |
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Katherine and Michael's romance progresses rapidly from kissing to sexual intercourse after Katherine gets the Pill-- but will their love last forever?
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FOR RANDY as promised...with love
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Sybil Davison has a genius I.Q. and has been laid by at least six different guys.
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He and Mom started reminiscing about their college days. I didn't tell them that with Michael and me it's different. That it's not just some fifties fad, like going steady. That with us it is love--real, true honest-to-god love.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0671695304, Mass Market Paperback)

"Going all the way" is still a taboo subject in young adult literature. Judy Blume was the first author to write candidly about a sexually active teen, and she's been defending teenagers' rights to read about such subjects ever since. Here, Blume tells a convincing tale of first love--a love that seems strong and true enough to last forever. Katherine loves Michael so much, in fact, that she's willing to lose her virginity to him, and, as the months go by, it gets harder and harder for her to imagine living without him. However, something happens when they are separated for the summer: Katherine begins to have feelings for another guy. What does this mean about her love for Michael? What does this mean about love in general? What does "forever" mean, anyway? As always, Blume writes as if she's never forgotten a moment of what it's like to be a teenager.

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Two high school seniors believe their love to be so strong that it will last forever.

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