Forever…. by Judy Blume
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published:  April 24th 2007
Paperback, 192 pages
Challenges: 100 Books in 2011

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There’s a first for everything.

When you build up something in your mind — really imagine it, wish for it — sometimes, when it actually happens, it doesn’t live up to your expectations.

True love is nothing like that.

Especially not for Katherine and Michael, who can’t get enough of each other. Their relationship is unique: sincere, intense, and fun all at the same time. Although they haven’t been together all that long, they know it’s serious. A whole world opens up as young passion and sexuality bloom.

But it’s senior year of high school, and there are big changes ahead. Michael and Katherine are destined for another big “first”: a decision. Is this the love of a lifetime, or the very beginning of a lifetime of love?

Forever is the perfect young adult novel to bring together many topics that are still just as prevalent today as they were when it first was published in 1975.  Katherine is a normal teenage, waiting for her Senior year in High School to be over with. Most importantly, Katherine has found love, but is unaware of all the things that come with that.  

“In the old days girls were divided into two groups – those who did and those who didn’t.”



As with many teenagers, sex is always a topic of discussion.  For Katherine this is not an exception.  Katherine is in love with Michael, and wants to explore everything that entails.  While Katherine is every bit a teenager she is also very grown up in many ways.  As a reader, it is refreshing that an authors has allowed her characters to grown into themselves without pushing them into the final version of themselves (after all the drama and events they are meant to go through).  Katherine responsibly handles the pressure about sex while at the same time being completely aware about her own desires and reservations.

While the topic of “first love” and “sex” is in the forefront of this book, Judy Blume has ingeniously managed to bring attention to many other taboo topics. Just to name a few:  sexuality (GLBT), drugs, STDs, and birth control.  While these topics were not explored as fully as Katherine’s self exploration into becoming a woman and an adult, they were relevant to the overall plot line and characters. 

I found Judy Blume’s book to be a fantastic read, discussing the major issues that surround everyone today, of any age group or gender.  Judy Blume’s book is timeless look into the complicated transition from being a teenager to an adult. 

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Judy Blume is a popular American author. She has written many novels for children and young adults. Blume received a B.S. degree in Education in 1961 from New York University.

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