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Forever by Judy Blume

Forever (original 1975; edition 1989)

by Judy Blume

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

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Forever... by Judy Blume (1975)


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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 |
This book reveals the realities of being a teenager "in love." Perhaps Judy Blume comes on a bit strong for some but I appreciated this read as a teenager, especially when conversations with my parents about the topic were awkward. ( )
  lolhscybrarian | Dec 1, 2014 |
Katherine and Michael's love feels like it will be "forever", until she is forced to spend the summer at camp, separated from him. Her world is shaken up when she begins to have feelings for someone else, despite still loving Michael. This piece of realistic fiction addressed first love and sex through the eyes of a teenager.

Lexile: HL590
Recommended for: teens
*sexual content ( )
  liblb | Nov 9, 2014 |
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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.
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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