Forever by Judy Blume

Published in 1975
178 pages
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Purchased
Rating: Liked It

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.  (Source: Goodreads)

Forever was challenged in Fayetteville, Arkansas Middle School in 2005 for being too sexually explicit. (Source: ALA)

I think I may be the only person my age that hadn’t read it. So I had to rectify this oversight and Banned Book Week gave me the perfect opportunity. I am so glad that I did. This is a great book. Judy Blume hit everything. I mean E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. Everything that a young adult might run into when it comes to navigating sex.

  • Love v Just Get It Over With
  • First Times aren’t so Hot
  • Sluts
  • Pregnancy
  • STDs
  • “I will love you forever”
  • seeing other guys
  • touches on homosexuality (more of a nod)
  • Planned Parenthood
  • the Pill and other birth control methods

Katherine’s path was the path of the average good girl. And hers is probably the one you wish for over some of the alternatives. I really liked that her parents were engaged and not naive. I love that they had a dialogue, though I hope for even more of one with my daughter. This book is staying on my bookshelf. It is one I might actually hand my daughter in order to instigate a deeper conversation than just about safety. I hope that other parents will take advantage of this book and others like it to talk to their children. You don’t want to be one of those parents that say, “I wish I would of…”.

Love is something to never regret.

10 responses to “Forever by Judy Blume

  1. I remember being in middle school when my friends and I passed this one around. We flagged all the dirty bits (well as ‘dirty’ as Ms. Bloom gets). Brings back fond memories of giggles, girl talk, and sleepovers. We read it FAR before any one of us had sexual encounters – so it was more like a peak into the unknown ;)

  2. Yup, ditto what thelibrarianreads said. Forever was a rite of passage. Glad to hear it holds up well.

    I guess it’s because I was so young when I read it, but I don’t remember the parents in the book at all. Now I’d be reading it from the parents perspective! Agreed it’s a good one to keep on the bookshelf.

  3. I have NOT read this and it looks like I really need too. Thanks for the great insight.

    • I KNOW! How did I miss it when I was a YA? I’m actually happy to have found it as a mom. I have an open dialogue, but sometimes it’s hard to get The Kid talking. I’m thinking as soon as she has a “steady” I’m pushing Forever in front of her.

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