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Forever . . . Mass Market Paperback – April 24, 2007
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I found the sexuality, though graphic by my standards, to be as tasteful as possible, and not glamorized or put in Hollywood standards. If you are a conservative parent like I am, you might balk at first, but this was a great way for me to connect with my daughters, and to teach my son responsibility. Take the plunge.
To the reviewer who said "I can tell you that many young women I knew became sexually active at a very young age, due in large part to this book. It made sex seem 'hip' and 'cool'. The saddest part of all is what this book says about our culture..." If you think a book is what makes teenagers have sex, you need a lesson on hormones. This book makes sex seem special, and not something that you want to do with just anybody. And what is says about our culture is that teens are naturally curious about sex, and if their parents instill in them some self-esteem and self-respect, they won't want to just give their bodies away to someone who doesn't appreciate them. Don't blame a book because people are poor parents.
From there, everything's pretty obvious, so I'm not going to prattle on about details and events. They spend countless hours together, going skiing, making out, etc. The sex scenes are explicit (but not trashy) and sometimes funny. You'll understand what I mean when you meet Ralph.
Then comes the dreaded summertime when Katherine and Michael are separated by jobs. This is when their relationship is on the line: Does Katherine cheat on Michael or not? Answer: You'll just have to read "Forever" and find out for yourself.
When I picked this book up recently, I was surprised to see it was written back in the 70s. Even though it's a 'dinosaur' of a book, the material is pretty much up-to-date about teenage pregnancy and sex. The one thing that's changed over the years is AIDS, which Judy Blume briefly talks about at the beginning of this book. Otherwise, this book will probably be passed on for generations, and the issues will probably still be the same.
One complaint: Nobody in this book seemed to have any major hang-ups about sex or birth control. Kath's family and friends were eager and open to talk about sex; Kath's grandmother even gave her birth control advice. Now, I don't know of anyone who could be so lucky, so in that respect "Forever" failed to be realistic.
Even though "Forever" is not my favorite Judy Blume book, it's definitely worth reading.Read more ›
A heart-felt and true story that is so elloquently written. One of the first books ever to discuss this "teen sex" issue, which at the time, made it almost taboo. This was always one of my favorite books and still is today
It was so refreshing to know that someone else understands what teens go through and could write about it so candidly. I remember this book went through all of my friends. We loved Judy Blume as young teens and still do today. It was read over and over. It's a memory I simply don't want to lose.
I would recommend this book to anyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What ending is this? Completely open and very choppy. Had great potential for further depth near the end and seemed almost lazy.Published 15 days ago by aleisiatheresa
This story is insanely accurate about teenage sexuality! Although set in the 70's, it still had lots of relevance today!Published 1 month ago by Katrina Nanes
i thought this was okay. it was the story of teenage hormones. it was about
being young and in "love" or having all those emotions and not sure what
to do... Read more
Highbrow hung. Incan hugs from. I. I don't care about this I just want to read the frekin book jvPublished 2 months ago
This book was in my syllabus. It is not for the faint hearted as it dives into sexual context, but I enjoyed it. If I have a daughter, she's receiving this book post puberty. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jazmin G.
Every teen should read this bold story. Blume talks about sex in such a frank way, both the physical and emotional aspects. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donna S. Meredith