Monday, July 8, 2013

Review: Forever by Judy Blume

Title: Forever 
Author: Judy Blume 
Publisher: Pan Childrens   
Release Date: June 3, 2005
Source: Bought  

My Rating: fullfullfullBlankBlank

Katherine and Michael meet at a New Year's Eve party. They're attracted to each other, they grow to love each other. And once they've decided their love is forever, they make love.

It's the beginning of an intense and exclusive relationship, with a future all planned. Until Katherine's parents insist that she and Michael put their love to the test with a summer apart...

"Forever" is written for an older age group than Judy Blume's other novels for children. It caused a storm of controversy when it was first published because of its explicit sexual content.

It was a book ahead of its time - and remains, after thirty years in print, a teenage best-seller. America's No. 1 children's author has written some of the best books of our time about real-life issues - family stress and pressures, what happens when your parents divorce, the problems of growing up and sexual awakening, bereavement - with insight, sensitivity and honesty.

The response of readers all around the world continues to make her one of the best-loved writers ever published. (taken from
Since Forever is one of the most referenced YA novels, and a well-known coming of age story, I figured it was about time I gave it a shot. It's rather short story, and I was able to finish the book in one sitting. 

This novel is about sex. Like, almost entirely. The plot barely deviates at all from Katherine's physical relationship with her boyfriend, Michael. Whether she's worrying about or describing it, it's constantly on her mind. While most authors tend to skip over the more explicit details of sexual relationships, Blume doesn't sugar coat at all

What I Liked: 

I always appreciate realism in young adult literature. Too often authors glorify experiences in teenagers lives, from school dances to "the first time." I appreciated the honesty, even if it wasn't romantic or fun to read about. 

What I Didn't Like: 

The focus on the physical part of Katherine and Michael's relationship got old pretty fast. I mean, come on. There are more important emotional aspects to any relationship than just sex. I wanted to see more of their romance, not just the physical stuff. Also, I'll admit that I am a romantic when it comes to my books. Real life is hard enough as it is. I read books to escape reality, so I have to say, it's a bit depressing to read a book with so little romance or happiness. 

Overall, I would recommend Forever simply because it provides such a no-nonsense look at first love. I wouldn't say that I loved it, but I'm glad that I read it.