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Forever . . . (1975)

by Judy Blume

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

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i am so impressed with this, honestly. in 1975 to write a book that is so open about so many things that no one was talking about, brava! i so appreciate how she's talking about sex -especially the first time having it, birth control, abortion, female pleasure, adoption, and more. she also (i'm loving this lately in books) has a very close family with good relationships between the kids and parents and between the siblings. there is trust and honesty as well as conflict and it is realistic and works.

i was reading this at the same time as i was reading a book about other high school seniors, all of whom were having sex all over the place. i think both depictions are true and important. i'm sure it's still true that there are high schoolers not super familiar with sex and this is a really sweet look at how it might feel to discover it for the first time. i wasn't 100% sure how i was supposed to read michael; he cared about katherine and i think he really was okay waiting but also he pressured her into it, but in a less overt way. i didn't love that but it's probably really realistic.

i thought she did a really excellent job here, and the narrator was also great. (3.5 stars)

from feb 2008: 2 stars ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Aug 25, 2023 |
Well I think this is another book that I'll have to give to my niece and nephews when they become teenagers. ( )
  blueskygreentrees | Jul 30, 2023 |
I read this book after picking it up at the library for Banned Book Week, and because it was one of the current selections of the Banned Books group on Goodreads.

I'm clearly not the target audience. This book was quick, simple, and quite predictable. It's also realistic and honest about the up and downs of first loves, as well as some of the trials of simply being a teenager about to leave childhood behind (I'm not so far removed from that age that I forgot what it was like). The book is good for it's honesty and not sugarcoating the awkwardness of the characters' experiences, and frank descriptions of awkward first sexual experiences, which was the reason this book was banned.

Still, I'll grant that the book isn't targeted at my demographic, so I could only merely "like it" (3 stars). I read it was curiosity as well a duty to stand against censorship, otherwise I probably would have never read it. Overall, it's not bad and I don't regret taking the time to read it, but it's not really a great book either. But it is truthful and honest, and that's a plus for me. ( )
  sheldonnylander | Apr 5, 2023 |
While I had high expectations for my first Judy Blume, I found that this felt juvenile and almost as if it was supposed to send a message. I'm not sure if it's because I was reading this forty years after publication, but I didn't really appreciate this.

This whole book was about a relationship. The whole book. There was barely any subplots, just talk about Kath and Michael and Michael and Kath. I love my romances and I love my YA romances especially, but there needs to be more than what was here.

I did appreciate that Blume confronted the sex topic, especially for the time, but it took over a lot of the book despite barely being a conflict. Michael was a good guy and didn't pressure Kath, so I don't see why it was such a big issue.

The most interesting side note was Artie, whose mental health was questionable and who had an intriguing relationship with Kath's best friend, Erica. Also, Sybil was an interesting character, getting into top universities yet getting pregnant. I thought these two had a lot more depth to them than Kath and Michael, honestly.

Also, maybe this is a stylistic thing of the time period, but the amount of ellipses used in this book drove me up the wall. They start in the title and they never end. Additionally, Ralph was just weird.

At the end, it felt like Kath's parents won and got their 'I told you so' moment, and the whole book was just proving their point. I felt like, as a young adult, that I was being a little bit patronized.

Maybe I'll give another Blume book a shot since I had heard such great things, but this wasn't my style. ( )
  whakaora | Mar 5, 2023 |
My mom wouldn't let me read this when I was a kid, but it was on Rolling Stone's recent list of the 40 Best YA books (a much hipper list than what usually gets published) so I read it. It's a quick read, and I understand why my mom didn't let me read it when I was in high school. That said, I kind of wish she would've let me. Not because of the graphic sex (and it IS pretty graphic), but because of the emotional element of relationships at a young age. The main character is so wrapped up in this one boy (as was I) and is fairly short-sighted with what "forever" should mean. Of course I'm speaking now from a much different vantage point, but I like to think that it may have impacted my approach to relationships.

As for the writing, it's okay. I wasn't wild about all the ellipses, but maybe that was the writing style in the 1970s? ( )
  ms_rowse | Jan 1, 2022 |
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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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at the Midvalley Junior-Senior High School in Scranton, Pa. (1982) because it contains "four-letter words and talked about masturbation, birth control, and disobedience to parents"; challenged at the Park Hill, Mo. South Junior High School library (1982) where it was housed on restricted shelves because the book promotes "the stranglehold of humanism on life in America"; challenged at the Orlando, Fla. schools (1982); the Akron, Ohio School District libraries (1983); challenged at the Howard- Suamico, Wis. High School (1983) because "it demoralizes marital sex." Challenged and eventually moved from the Holdrege, Nebr. Public Library young adult section to the adult section (1984) because the "book is pornographic and does not promote the sanctity of life, family life." Challenged at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Public Library (1984) because it is "pornography and explores areas God didn't intend to explore outside of marriage." Placed on a restricted shelf at Patrick County, Va. School Board (1986). Challenged at the Campbell County, Wyo. school libraries (1986) because it is "pornographic" and would encourage young readers "to experiment with sexual encounters." Challenged at the Moreno Valley, Calif. Unified School District libraries (1987) because it "contains profanity, sexual situations, and themes that allegedly encourage disrespectful behavior." Challenged at the Marshwood Junior High School classroom library in Eliot, Maine (1987) because the "book does not paint a responsible role of parents"; its "cast of sex-minded teenagers is not typical of high schoolers today"; and the "pornographic sexual exploits (in the book) are unsuitable for junior high school role models." West Hernando,
Fla. Middle School principal (1988) recommended that Blume's novel be removed from school library shelves because it is "inappropriate." Placed on reserve at the Herrin, III. Junior High School library (1992) and can be checked out only with a parent's written permission because the novel is "sexually provocative reading." Removed from the Frost Junior High School library in Schaumburg, III. (1993) because "it's basically a sexual 'how-to-do' book for junior high students. It glamorizes [sex] and puts ideas in their heads." Placed on the "parental permission shelf" at the Rib Lake, Wis. high school libraries (1993) after Superintendent Ray Parks filed a "request for reconsideration" because he found the book "sexually explicit." It was subsequently confiscated by the high school principal. A federal jury in Madison, Wis. awarded $394,560 to a former Rib Lake High School guidance counselor after finding that his contract was not renewed in retaliation for speaking out against the district's material selection policy. The counselor criticized the decision of the Rib Lake High School principal to restrict student access to the novel. Removed from Mediapolis, Iowa School District libraries (1994) because it "does not promote abstinence and monogamous relationships [and] lacks any aesthetic, literary, or social value." Returned to the shelves a month later but accessible only to high school students. Removed from the Fort Clarke Middle School library in Gainesville, Fla. (1995) after a science teacher objected to its sexually explicit content and a reference to marijuana. Restricted to a reserve section of the Delta High School Library in Muncie, Ind. (1995). Parents must give their permission in writing before their children can check out the book. Challenged at the Wilton, Iowa School District for junior and senior high school students (1996) because of its sexual content. Banned from middle school libraries in the Elgin, III. School District U46 (1997) because of sex scenes. The decision was upheld in June 1999 after an hour of emotional school board discussion. After a four-year absence, the book was returned (2002) to the shelves of the district's middle school libraries. Challenged in the Fayetteville, Ark. Middle and Junior High School libraries (2005). The complainant also submitted a list of more than fifty books, citing the books as too sexually explicit and promoting homosexuality.
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