Forever by Judy Blume

Like I said last week, I was going to read Forever by Judy Blume in celebration of Banned Book Week.

Forever is a teenager love story between Katherine and Michael, who grow to love each other, and once they’ve decided their love is forever, they make love. If you remember how it feels to be 17 and in love, it’s funny how various remarks sound so familiar. “It’s serious between us!” “Why do I have to think about how it would end?” “This is the real stuff!”

I can imagine how parents could get so edgy about the book, since it contains sexual discussions, issues, and scenes among teenagers. But hey, if you close your eyes, it doesn’t mean things are not happening right? As long as it’s done safely, responsibly, and with all consequences known. But who am I to say. I haven’t got any kids :)

**spoilers ahead**

I’m somehow a bit disappointed about how easy it is for Katherine to forget Michael. I guess when you’re that age, forever is really too long. It’s probably what happens to most teenagers, although it didn’t happen that way for me.

The top cover is the one I read, but I quite like this second cover on the side.

Pages: 155
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

First line
Sybil Davison has a genius I.Q. and has been laid by at least six different guys.

Last line
‘Theo called.’

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ps: Okay, something weird happened. I just checked that the links to banned book week and ALA banned book site are no longer accessible. Is it from Singapore only? *puzzled* It says: You are not authorized to view this page. and Forbidden. You don’t have permission to access / on this server. What the hell?

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5 thoughts on “Forever by Judy Blume”

  1. I am a teen myself and i read this book for a banned book project in my high school honors english class. I love this book and i haet that its banned. I think that is shows how teen do still feel. No matter what the year, teens go through the pains sex brings into our relationships. No matter what we do, kids are having sex. I think Blume did a great job of showing the risks and what not that come with making that choice in your relationship.

  2. i just read this book first..considering im in eighth grade and love talking about sex.i reat it because there was lots of sexual content..but afterward i got into it…i did read the whole book today..and the one i read..the second cover..was like 192 pages..i was really disappointed in Kath. Considering she just fell head over heals in love with him and just dumped him with the snap of her fingers..i mean he was willing to still give them a least thats the impression i got. but hey, it really gets you it first love..or true love?

  3. Charlene and Quinn, thanks for sharing your experience. As I didn’t read the book when I was in high school it’s hard for me to imagine what it’d be like if I did. It’s great to hear different views, especially from teens, which the book originally was intended for.

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