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First published in 1975, this groundbreaking novel by the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author was the first to address teen sexuality in a frank and positive way. Now available in a paperback edition specially created for teens, this must-read novel continues to inspire, teach, and resonate with every generation.
Publisher: Scarsdale, N.Y. : Bradbury Press, 1975
ISBN: 9780671695309
Branch Call Number: FIC Blume
Characteristics: 199 p


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Blume’s classic realistic novel on teen sexuality follows Katherine as she explores her sexuality with her boyfriend, Michael. With its short page count and straightforward first-person narration, the story unfolds much like a real teen relationship, with a lot of certainty that there’s no end to love and angst over sex and everything that comes with it. Kath is completely consumed with Michael at the expense of the rest of her life and her future. Like many teenagers, she’s headstrong, sarcastic, and unwilling to budge in her beliefs until she’s forced to a different kind of personal awakening: that love might not be forever after all.

It’s very fitting that the title of this book uses ellipses, because the frequency with which Blume uses them in her dialogue was distracting. Conversations between characters always involve these pauses instead of full stops, and although it could be argued that it seems closer to natural speech, it slowed down the text in my head and left me wondering at the choice. When Kath first meets Michael, their first lines are “Sure…hi…” and “Oh…hi” (6) which sets the stage for the remainder of their conversations to unfold in the same manner. This is a stylistic choice, certainly, and it added to the ambience and general 70’s feel of the book, but didn’t do anything for me otherwise.

This book skimps on nothing when it comes to sexual details, Planned Parenthood visits or sexual disease. This is a snapshot of what dating was like in 1975, but more than that, it’s a snapshot of dating at anytime. Those angsty emotions are timeless, and I found myself caught up in Kath’s world, experiencing all of those things with her. As the quote below shows, the teen experience is always thought of as something to monitor, something to fear, something “other” for those in older generations. Blume’s novel will undoubtedly maintain its classic status for exactly that reason, and for its unflinching honesty and realistic portrayal of what sex is like as a teenager.

VaughanPLDaniela Jan 07, 2020

Even 45 years after its initial publication, Forever still feels like a very authentic portrayal of life and romance as a teenager. Blume excellently conveys the emotions, the feelings and the uncertainties of first time love.

JCLHeatherM Feb 26, 2019

The concept of 'forever' is tested when Katherine spends a summer away from her steady boyfriend, Michael. The 'I love you's' come out naturally, but the concept of 'forever' at 17 seems too daunting for Katherine and Michael.

Aug 08, 2018

Such a great book. This novel was very realistic, which I enjoyed. Judy Blume did a great job, and I will defiantly re-read! An awesome quick, stay up late reading kind of book!

Jun 23, 2018

This book was great and really nice. A lot of learned lessons but am I the only person that actually cried at the end of the book. It was sad after everything they did together, it just ended. Like its just sad

Jun 05, 2018

A decent read, but this book is definitely better for teens (I am in my late 20s). The story goes at a good pace and has an overall message about relationships and intimacy in your teen years.

Apr 01, 2018

It has way more sex in it than I guessed. Lesson learned, chances are your first love won’t be forever.

Nov 11, 2017

The obsession of first love was very accurate, but the ease with which she climax during sex is completely unrealistic, especially at that age. It would be very unfortunate if girls think that's what is supposed to happen.

ArapahoeKati Jan 05, 2017

An honest, realistic, sometimes awkward, and heartbreaking tale of first love. A classic that I can't believe I had never read before.

loonylovesgood Jan 11, 2016

I can't believe I had never read this before. A true Judy Blume classic. Even though it was written decades ago, the story will still resonate with young teens (particular teen girls) today. I thought it was an honest and realistic portrayal, albeit with a sad ending.

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Jul 12, 2015

A story about Katherine and she meets her first love named Michael. Will it last forever or will it fall apart.


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