Starred Review. Grade 9 Up–Three girls succumb to the charms of one sexy high school senior and emerge wiser for the experience in this energetic novel in verse. Josie is a self-assured freshman who values her girlfriends over boys until a hot jock focuses his attention on her and her simmering hormones break into a full boil. Confused by her behavior, yet unable to control her desire, she acts out every romantic cliché she has ever disdained, until the boy drops her and she experiences the chill of rejection. It is Judy Blume's Forever that sparks Josie's fire again, and finding a few blank pages at the back of the library's copy, she sends a warning to the girls of her school. Next readers meet Nicolette, a junior who sees her sexuality as power. A loner, she's caught by surprise at her own reaction when this popular boy takes notice of her. Suddenly she thinks she sees the difference between sex and love, and then, just as suddenly, he's gone. Finally, Aviva, a pretty, smart, artsy, and funny senior, is stunned when the jock seems to want her. She gives up her virginity, only to be disappointed in both the sex and the boy. Furious, Aviva heads to the library to check out Forever, now crammed with the words of girls who suffered the same fate at the hands of the same boy. The free verse gives the stories a breathless, natural flow and changes tone with each narrator. The language is realistic and frank, and, while not graphic, it is filled with descriptions of the teens and their sexuality. This is not a book that will sit quietly on any shelf; it will be passed from girl to girl to girl.–Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL
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Gr. 10--12. "Sweetie, we call it making love, they don't." Three girls experience heartbreak after a nameless jock dumps each of them. Josie, a freshman, is devastated when she overhears, "Have you nailed her yet?" She escapes with her virginity intact, alerting future victims by scribbling a warning on the blank pages of the library's copy of Judy Blume's Forever. Nicolette, a junior, declares that sex is all about power: "If I say who / and I say when / and I say what / then I/ have it." She's dismayed when she realizes she's not in control this time. Aviva, a senior, loses her virginity after ignoring her friend's warning: "He's^B not^B different. He's playing you.^B" Stone's novel in verse, more poetic prose than poetry, packs a steamy, emotional wallop, and naked dips in a hot tub, oral sex, and sex in a car suggest a mature audience, even though the sex isn't graphic. The lessons learned here, however, are important: the girls realize they'll be hurt again, but they are now "Forewarned / Forearmed / Forever." Cindy Dobrez
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At first I wasn't crazy about this one, but as I told a friend about it I saw it's value more: sort of a update-Forever-sort--in verse. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Luca
This book is one of the best ways to teach your young teenage daughter about the guys all fathers try to warn them about, without the lecture. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Streeterboi
Didn't think I would like this book as much as I did. Was very pleased with the ending of the storyPublished 23 months ago by Mary Coldsmith
This book is the great out explains everything
Ha it was very good I hope u all read it and enjoy
This book wasn't too bad and offered a realalistic view of young girls in high school having or getting pressured into having sex(except no STDs) The format of the book made it... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sabine
A Bad Boy can be Good for a Girl because you learn exactly what they will say to get in your pants, what they will do to brag to their friends that they scored. Read morePublished on May 4, 2011 by Miss J. Wilmshurst
Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva are attracted to a boy who goes by his initials, T.L. He's a handsome, smooth talking jock and senior. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by Sharif
This is really a great book. I read the book "Forever" and the reference of that book in this book is why I got it. Great Seller, Good Condition & fast service.Published on October 12, 2009 by M. Azpiri