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Monday, May 19, 2008

Forever by Judy Blume


Forever by Judy Blume is a good read for anyone from teenagers to adults. It is a realistic look on teenage love and views on sex. The book, talking a lot about sex, is often challenged. It has even been banned from most libraries, and I can see why some parents wouldn't want their children reading Forever. However Blume brings in knowledge of safe sex practices and the consequences it [sex] brings along with it.
In the first chapter, Katherine meets a young boy, Michael, at a  New Year's Eve party. They go on a date the next day, become completely involved with each other, and as they continue to go out on dates he pressures Katherine more and more about sex. Everything seems to be just great, but when they are separated over the summer, Katherine learns that forever might not just be forever. She meets an older and more mature guy while working at the camp. 
Blume truly does tell a story of first love in Forever. It is a great book for teenage girls. However, younger girls should wait off awhile until they are more mature on the subject of the book. A lot of younger girls have been 'grossed out' by this books graphic details. Mind you, that it is in no way pornographic. The honesty of how teenagers deal with changes and growing up is one of the great aspects of this book. 
This book is  a reminder that love is not always forever, and it doesn't have to be. Forever gives anyone who reads it an outlook on sex and love. I didn't think that this book was too explicit for anyone that is mature enough to read it. This book doesn't end with a perfect ending; just like life doesn't always. If you are looking for a story about love and truth, then this is a great book for you to read.

13 comments:

BooksandLove said...

I can't remember if I read this book when I was younger....I love Judy Blume!

paperxxflowers said...

Sure, I'd love to do a link exchange :] I'll add you as soon as I can.

Thanks for the compliment! You write awesome reviews, also :]

paperxxflowers said...

I just added you to my blogroll :]

Lenore said...

I remember a friend of mine from church reading this on the bus on the way to one of our summer camps and freaking out because of the sex content. She threw it out the window!

paperxxflowers said...

GASP! I can't believe she threw it out of the window.

Cassidy said...

Me neither! I totally didn't think it was that bad, but then again it wouldn't be my book of choice to take to a church camp! Hah.

paperxxflowers said...

Congrats! I tagged you for a favorite author meme. Yay for you!

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Jessica Burkhart said...

I've got to reread that book. Thanks for reminding me about it!

Liviania said...

Judy Blume is amazing. Her books are wonderful for both kids and young adults. She's very frank about sex which I appreciate.

aubrey said...
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j a s m i n e <3 said...

i am totally in love with this book,
judy should make a continuation because i hated when it ended with,'theo called.' this book gave me a new way of looking at sex.

manginaLOL said...

Oh my gosh.i got this book yesterday, started reading it on my way home, and couldnt put it down since.i read more than half of and decided that i needed to stop or i was going to finish it all at one time.so i stopped, and started again the next day and still couldnt put it down.i read it til the very end.i ADORED this book.its made me cry at times,reminded me of past relationships.but i still love this book and hope to read some more of Judy Blumes' books.(:

thank you.

-Tiffany.

p.s. i think someone should turn the book into a movie;

rohit said...

An enjoyable read Forever . . . by Judy Blume . loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and original, this book is going in by "to read" list.