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Forever . . . Paperback – April 24, 2007
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"A convincing account of first love."
-- The New York Times Book Review
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Judy Blume, one of America’s most popular authors, is the recipient of the 2004 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of beloved books for young people, including Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and novels for adult readers, including Wifey, Smart Women, and Summer Sisters. Her work has been translated into thirty-two languages.Visit Judy at JudyBlume.com or follow her on Twitter at @JudyBlume.
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By: Shannon D.
Seventeen-year-old Katherine falls in love for the first time and discovers sex.
Rating older YA books (this was first published in 1975) much more difficult than newly published books because of both content and style. In my opinion writing is much crisper now than when I was YA age in the 70s and 80s, dialogue more realistic, pace quicker, characters more fleshed out.
Katherine has a somewhat passive personality. She was nudged, but not coerced into sex by Michael and although she wanted to become sexually active, I got the feeling he pushed her faster than she would have gotten there on her own. I was glad to see her proactive about birth control and although FOREVER was written pre-AIDS, the use of condoms to prevent "VDs" was mentioned. In 1975 pregnancy was much more a worry than disease and abortion had yet to be stigmatized by the media. Her parents pushed her to be a camp counselor and the guy at camp also pushed her. Only at the very end did she make an independent decision, but she only came to that decision because of the actions of others.
I have a feeling, in the Internet Age, teens who read FOREVER won't be in for the education I was about the details of Katherine's sexual experiences. Adolescents who are interested in period pieces might enjoy FOREVER, but I don't think those who prefer contemporary fiction will appreciate the historical significance of this novel on my generation. Middle agers like me will probably enjoy the blast from the past more.
THEMES: first love, sex, new experiences, coming-of-age, historical fiction
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.
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This Book was a relatable young adult book about a girl who falls hopelessly in love with a boy. But circumstance and life choices test the love they have.Read more