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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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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 |
Like Dr. Sue Johanson (Talk Sex With Sue), I count on Judy Blume to give the straight scoop on love and sex (adolescent and adult), without shame or judgement. As usual, Blume delivers. A frank read, _Forever_ can be read in a couple of hours with all the beautiful nostalgia for us who can see their fist love with 20/20 hindsight, or, for readers closer to 18, with honesty and compassion, and a message of safety, truthfulness to self and happiness. ( )
  Debra_Armbruster | Jul 26, 2014 |
I give this book a quality rating of four but a popularity rating of five on the VOYA scale. This is the first Library Thing book that I have assigned a higher popularity than quality rating to. This is because, while Blume is a wonderful author, certainly deserving of a four in quality, this book's appeal has more to do with its content than its delivery. This has been a popular novel since the seventies when it first stirred up controversy and it's been met by eager teens and reproving parents ever since. Katherine's sexual awakening and first experiences of love and intimacy are important and reassuring to teens. And they should be encouraged to keep reading this novel because it is rife with sexual education. Blume discusses birth control, STDs and sexual pleasure frankly and informatively. She also stresses that trusted adults other than parents can provide support and information during puberty and sexual awakening, as is the case with Kath's grandma in the novel. I wish that I had read it as a teen, and maybe if I had known how widely banned it is I would have! ( )
  Millerloo | Jun 8, 2014 |
This book really doesn't hold back, does it? I'm pleasantly surprised something with that much sex could get published back then, hell, you can't away with it nowadays, sad as that is. I like that this book shows that yes, teenagers have sex, always have, always will, but also shows that it isn't everything and things change, people change and you can move on, even after all is said and done. ( )
  katie1802 | May 10, 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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"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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