Review: Forever by Judy Blume

in a sentence or two: Katherine is a senior in high school who takes the time to really think through relationships and sex. so when she meets Michael, she will have to decide if and when she is mentally, emotionally, and physically ready for...should she even think the words 'sex' and 'love'?

Katherine and Michael meet at a new years eve party, where he is so immediately interested in her that he comes back the next day for a chance to see her again. their 'weekend only' relationship is tough for the puppy love teenagers. but as they learn more about each other and spend more time together, the pressure for more physical expressions of their relationship start.

throughout the book, we have Katherine and Michael, Katherine's friend Erica and Michael's friend Artie (Artie might be gay, but Erica is determined), and Sybil (the girl who hosted the NYE party and is intimate with far too many guys). Blume takes the time to explore all of these relationships in her story, which creates a diversity and realistic feel. she takes a good look at the journey of first love. the inside cover blurb says that Katherine is in love with love, while Michael is in love with Katherine. i'd say that's a pretty solid analysis, at least for Katherine as the narrator.

i've heard sooooo much buzz about this book, and i think i expected more. now, of course this was written in 1973 so the subject manner (sex) and the way it was dealt with (not scary, but thoughtful) was groundbreaking. i think some of that is lost on me because of the generation i come from, but i still found myself giggling at parts and nodding in understanding at parts. proof that first love and relationships have some undeniable similarities.

at times poorly veiled advice for sexual relationships, at other times insightful, this book was one that kept me thinking after i'd finished. Katherine's family is understanding, supportive, loving, and patient. i think that of all the advice Blume sprinkles in the book - that is the nugget i took out of it. the good news is, there are many nuggets to choose from!

fave quote: "...because I love you too,' I whispered into his chest. Saying it for the first time was the hardest. There"s something so final about it. The second time I sat up and said it right to him. 'I love you, Michael Wagner.' 'Forever?' he asked. 'Forever,' I said." (75)

fix er up: while i know that some people find the idea that Michael calls his weenie Ralph funny, i find it bizarre and silly goose. there's just something about penis-names that weirds me out.

title: Forever
author: Judy Blume
genre: Coming of Age, Chick Lit, Romance, Challenged Title (pretty regularly)

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10 comments:

  1. I loved that book! It was pretty funny

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  2. i honestly did laugh out loud at several parts - mostly anything to do with Ralph. wowsa!

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  3. i think i'll pass on this one.

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  4. that does not surprise me. though i think you would find some parts enjoyable, overall it's more for girls.

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  5. I might check it out since you and stargirlreads are saying that it is funny. I love laugh-out-loud books! :)

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  6. Blume (who i'm not the hugest fan of) has a way of portraying the scenarios in such an authentic way that either takes you back to a personal (potentially awkward as all get out) experience or at least sucks you in enough that you can just feel the funniness. it's also a pretty quick read - well worth a shot!

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  7. Hi Lisa, if you ever read fantasy with a teen lit slant, and Christian themes like The Chronicles Of Narnia, may I suggest one other to look at?
    "Outcasts Of Skagaray" can be previewed at www.threeswans.com.au where there are sample chapters. My blog is http://threeswans.blogspot.com if you feel like visiting. Blessings,whatever happens.

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  8. thanks Andrew! the chronicles of narnia is probably my favorite book/series ever. i'll have to give Outcasts a try...

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  9. I keep hearing about people thinking this is tame and all, but really, what do they expect? It was published in the 70s when YA books dealing with sex plainly didn't exist! I'm glad you enjoyed it, even if you expected more :) I still have yet to read it and I fully plan on it because this is what I categorize as cultural reading.

    Steph

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  10. I think one of the reasons I expected more is that's what's always talked about when the book is brought up - when really there is much more to it than that. Blume takes a peek at other elements of relationships / high school life which I thought were pretty realistic / funny (even if written in 1970). Thanks Steph! I look forward to reading what you think after you've given it a try...

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