Forever Book Review
Before I get started, can we talk about how beautiful that cover is? It’s a little Fault In Our Stars, but it’s still beautiful in its own right.
PS: My thoughts are kinda all over the place or that’s how it seems to be to me, so be forewarned.
Review/Rave On Judy Blume:
If anyone does the teenage girl justice, it’s Judy Blume. I’ve read a lot of young adult novels and Blume just seems to understand them so perfectly. Some may say she’s a little dated, but at the heart of her work I believe she’s timeless and pretty darn fearless.
Puberty, sex, love and even intense thoughts about who we think we are happen to be things a lot of people used to and often still are, afraid to really talk about. It’s hard to think of teenagers as sexual beings and rightfully so because of all the scary things that sex can lead to, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need to be talked about.
Forever is the story of 17 yr old Katherine who’s on the verge of graduating high school when she meets Micheal. Micheal tests her willingness to explore and eventually Katherine gives in and starts falling for him until there’s no turning back. This is the lesson young people learn about true love and what we think to be love to begin with.
As as I started reading this book I could tell Katherine was going to get herself into some things she wasn’t ready for. Now that’s just my scared 22 yr old judgement and maybe she truly was ready for everything, but I felt she wasn’t. Without spoiling anything there just seemed to be too much “pressuring” going on for my taste.
She’s constantly giving pieces of herself to Micheal because she believes him to be “the one” which means he’s her “Forever.” You know, who can blame her for such small thoughts at 17 because to her their not small at all.
I also really love the fact that Blume holds girl accountable, like we’re not these innocent sheltered being and can know a little bit world. It may take a minute to get this knowledge, but she still allows us to get there and grow up.
I figured the story would be very predictable, but leave it to Judy Blume to 1) Surprise me and 2) Not sugarcoat anything on my behalf. It’s mostly because sometimes I can be very naive, but the ending truly did surprise me.
"Like my mother said, you can’t go back to holding hands”
Basically I love Judy Blume, I think everyone should read at least one of her novels in her lifetime and Forever would be a great place to take that journey. This is very honest trip through love and perfect for “it’s targeted age group.”