Published: 2005 (originally published in 1975)
Publisher: Pan Childrens
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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.
I had high expectations for the book that was one of the first young adult books on the market. Unfortunately, I really didn't like it all that much. I found a lot of similarities from this book in other books that I have read. It's weird because I felt like I've read it before, that so many other books are like this one. Since this came out in the mid-70's and was really a pioneer of its time its not completely fair for me to say 'this book is just like 'so-and-so' when it came out decades before.
I really didn't like the male love interest. I thought he was pushy and didn't respect Kath, the main character. I never once really felt like they were in love or found myself rooting in favor of their relationship. Maybe Blume did this on purpose, like how a relationship can look perfect on the inside, but when you step away and look at it, it's the farthest thing from perfection. I also hated Ralph. For those of you that read the book did any of you find it odd and also when I heard it I constantly thought of throwing up, you know, you ralph. Maybe it's me.
I felt the ending was really predictable, but that may be because I've read other books that follow very closely to this plot. Which kind of like I talked upon above, that this book came out so long ago that it was probably one the first to use this plot.
“It's strange, but when it comes right down to it I never do fall apart--even when I'm sure I will.”
Despite Forever being a pioneer of it's time by openly discussing teen love, intimacy, pregnancy and death, I found it hard to connect to the characters and story in whole. I'd recommend this book for someone who's looking for a quick, slightly romantic read from one of the industry's most well known authors.