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Forever

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  36,467 ratings  ·  2,546 reviews
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. Al...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published 1975 by Pocket Books
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Nataliya
Nov 14, 2012 Nataliya rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who are tired of unrealistic attitudes about sex and love for young people
A word of warning: This review will be conducted from a soapbox¹ (which, if you think about it, is a completely baffling expression).
¹ As one would expect from a young feminist gynecologist, of course.
Let's cut to the chase: This book is about a realistically intense relationship between Kath and Michael, two teenagers in the 1970s. They meet, fall in love with a speed only teens are capable of, he wants to sleep with her, she is reluctant, eventually they do it, they are both into it, she (res...more
Aleeeeeza
Edit on 12/11/2011: To anyone who's got a problem with this review:

1) Yes, I know that this book was a big deal when it was released. That doesn't mean that when I read it in this day and age that I'm going to judge it by it's historical significance--I definitely appreciate it but it doesn't change the fact that I read it when I did and didn't like it and I don't want to have to constantly justify myself for that. (Let's ignore the fact that that's precisely what I'm doing with this edit. Right
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karen
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JJ
I read this book because I'm attempting to read (or reread) some classic YA books. Now, I'm a so-so fan of Judy Blume, I know she has a lot of die-hards out there. I recently read Everything I Need to Know About Being a Girl I learned from Judy Blume but I guess I was more of a Beverly Cleary kid.

This book is about first loves and first sexual experiences. The story itself was good, but I think Judy Blume left out a lot of details. The boyfriend, Michael, is basically a horn dog who would do any...more
Lissa
How depressing.

Keeping in mind this book was published in the mid-70s, it's still incredibly relevant to today's society. In fact, apart from the absence of conspicuous technology like cell phones, this could have taken place in the 2000s. It's a timeless story, and the reason it's getting such a low rating from me is purely personal:

Michael reminded me of the ex boyfriend who broke my heart and whom I still have nightmares about years later. A pushy sex-obsessed hormonal teenage boy who pressur...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
What do you do when the "love of your life"....isn't? Forever answers that question with a simple and unflinching response; you move on.

Kath and Michael meet at a party and quickly fall into a very physical romance. After roughly a few months, Kath finally gets up the courage to have sex with Michael, believing she is in love and that she and Michael will last forever. Michael too feels he and Kath are meant to be, so they flounder along in their romance, discovering each others' bodies and hol...more
Tanya W
I hardly want to admit I read this book... kind of funny that a "censored" book like this managed to make it pretty far around my 5th or 6th grade in Utah (it seems all my friends at the time had read it, were reading it, or were planning to read it). I think I actually made it about half way through the book and just didn't feel like it was something I should be reading (having a strong religious background encouraging waiting until marriage to enjoy sex). It's funny to think back on what I do...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
2 stars for my own personal enjoyment of the story. It was outdated, but Judy Blume is a great storyteller. I can't really blame her too much for writing a book 30 years ago and it not feeling up to date now.

5 stars for the author telling a realistic story about a girl's first time with both falling in love and having sex. I loved that the teen boy could not make it more than a few seconds without finishing. I was nodding when the girl was disappointed with her first time. These are real things...more
RachelAnne
A rather lackluster narrative of a teen relationship, Forever is still noteworthy for a couple of reasons: 1. It's the first-written ya book I know of where the kids fall in love, make a responsible decision to have sex and neither is killed, maimed, impregnated or emotionally scarred for life. 2. Blume depicts two teens who fall in love with one another, have a fulfilling (if somewhat blah) relationship, and fall out of love. There's no patronizing insinuation that teens are too young to be in...more
Briynne
Nope. Didn't like this one either. Another YA Lit book read for class. I guess I didn't like it for two main reasons. First, the boyfriend is a completely flat character; from what the author shows/tells you of him (which is pretty much nothing save a bit of whining) you really can't figure out what all the fuss is about. I felt more toward Theo in the ten or so pages devoted to him than I did for whats-his-name (I literally can't remember even though I read it yesterday, so I guess that helps p...more
Latasia
Forever By Judy Blume is another one of my favorite books. I read this book a million times, and it seems like when i read it, the story seems brand new to me. This book is about young love, something that all teens can relate to. Katherine is a young teen who is in high school. She is starting to get the experience of sex when she finds the love of her life, a boy name Michael. She doesn't want to loose her virginity for the satisfaction or curiosty, she really wants it to be right and special....more
Peachy
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Tatiana
This book was recommended to me and therefore I was very surprised that it wasn't very good. I don't care about the explicit nature of it. In fact, sex scenes were the only ones that kept me remotely interested in the story. Book just wasn't written that well. Language was overly simplistic, there was no depth to the story. Even at 17 there is more to a teenager's emotions than: I like the guy, he is nice, I want to have sex with him, I love him, etc. Plus, the relationship described fell flat,...more
Cora Linn
5 Words: Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex.

Seriously, that's all this book seemed to be about. Sex. I've read New Adult with much less sex and we all know what that genre can be like.

I didn't connect with the characters, I couldn't really relate to them much. I think it had to do with how sex-obsessed they were.

I don't feel I can write a full review for this, it didn't really leave me feeling anything at all. All I really did while reading it was roll my eyes.
Erin
Nov 04, 2012 Erin rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ralph-lovers
I'm sure this book was very important in its time and was the means by which many girls learned about sex. Unfortunately for Forever, I am not interested in PSA books; I prefer multidimensional characters, a plot, and emotions. Weird, huh?

The lack of the aforementioned qualities is what really drove this book into 1 star territory for me, but there were a few... special qualities that dug its grave even deeper.

1. Ellipses

There were so many ellipses... at the end of basically every sentence spok...more
Sabrina
Oct 13, 2007 Sabrina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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Amanda
What I learned: If you are going to have sex, use birth control. Your first love, no matter how passionate, probably isn't your true love.
I remember this one with fondness because there were about three copies going around when I was in 7th grade. We read it, passed in on to the next girl, who in turn passed it on. Every 12-13 year old girl in my class read it sometime that year and it was something we all had in common. I suppose, now that I think about it, the reason we shared the books is th...more
Elisabeth
Ok, so for ages I had heard there was a Judy Blume book in which a boy has a penis called Ralph, but I didn't know the title. After never stumbling across it, I sorta forget and considered it an urban legend or something - until one glorious day. I picked up Forever at an op shop in Orewa, and was reading it on the bus home when I read "Katherine, I'd like you to meet someone. This is Ralph", or whatever the line is. I was so excited I gasped and tore the book in half (the spine was really britt...more
Liv.
-from inside flap-

The bed is brass, covered with a patchwork quilt, and "nice and firm," Michael says, "in case you're interested." Katherine is interested.
From this night on their life is a love story. But Katherine is in love with love, and Michael is in love with Katherine.
Judy Blume has written a blithe and telling novel about young people in love-- not only Katherine and Michael, but their suburban friends.


As just for something to read, this book was okay. The characters were believable and...more
Sandra
I read this book in my early teens. It taught me that young love is beautiful and all-encompassing but that forever at that age is a word that should be stricken from the vocabulary. While we may all dream of forever, at 15 forever can be over in a few months. And it usually is, but life moves on.

Judy Blume expertly crafted a YA novel about first love and first sexual encounters, that while considered explicit for the time in which it was written and published, does not delve into smut.

I loved...more
kari
Forever was considered quite the shocker in it's day and I'd say it's still fairly graphic for a YA book, but teenagers sex lives aren't quite the taboo subject that it was once upon a time.
Kath meets Michael and feels an almost immediate connection with him, leading within several weeks to their first time together which is more that a bit of a disappointment for her. The descrptions of their fumbling attempts are very believable. The thing that makes this less stars than it otherwise would is...more
David
"No 'Forever' by Judy Blume!"

The county's mobile library came to my middle school and some kids were invited to choose books to supplement the stock at our own library. The English teacher, who had quite a froggy voice, stood at the door saying "No 'Forever' by Judy Blume!"

Looking back, why didn't she just find it for herself and hide it somewhere?

Gemma had her own copy and all the cool kids borrowed it. They said that it fell open at the sex scenes. I remember being told by one of the cool kids...more
Sydney Logan
I first read this book in high school. I was a wide-eyed innocent so, to me, this was racy and explicit. That was twenty years ago, and I was feeling nostalgic, so I re-read it. I still believe every teenage girl should read this book. It would be the perfect way to have the sometimes embarrassing sex talk and a wonderful way to demonstrate that "forever" sometimes really isn't.
Kaylie
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Julie S.
Jul 21, 2011 Julie S. rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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Erin
Forever is about that first love. It was eerily reminiscent of my first real relationship when I was 16. Though it was set in the late seventies I felt as if someone had recorded all the mistakes I made with my first "true love", changed the names and a few minor details and kicked out an incredibly relate able and enjoyable (in that painful yearning sort of way) little novel. The short book represents a "hot and heavy" high school romance. It is funny to read about that intense curiosity you ex...more
Kay
When I heard this book was out in ebook format, I just had to pick it up again to see how I’d feel about it now as an adult. When I first read this book, it was in the early 90s. I was about 11 years old and at that time, this book was all the talk among my friends. How else were we suppose to get real information about sex? There was no internet, youtube or easily accessible PPV at that time. I remember that I really enjoyed the story itself but felt sad about the ending.

I must say that this bo...more
Alison
Trudging through the quagmire of teenage sexual drama that makes up Judy Blume’s Forever is something I hope not to do again. After spending most of my night reading this book I came to two conclusions about it.
First, this book has no redeeming literary value. Its prose is less than remarkable, and it is little more than a how-to manual for a teenage sexual exploit. It is less informative about the risks involved with sex than the pamphlets Katherine’s grandmother sends her from Planned Paren...more
Rachel
Argh. This is like sex ed from your hippie aunt. There are graphic sex scenes that are inappropriate for young teenagers and just so, so, so unsexy. Judy Blume wrote this book in response to her daughter's desire to read a book where two teenagers have sex "and nothing bad happens to them." I wouldn't say that nothing bad happens to Katherine and Michael, but this is definitely a book about how it's love and it's natural and only squares have a problem with their teenaged daughters bringing thei...more
carrietracy
I never read this as a teen, so clearly I read this with all kinds of old-lady bias. In the first few chapters Kath meets her boyfriend, at which point they have some getting to know you conversations that basically indicate that they have nothing in common. After which they get together, fall madly in love and he does a lot of pressuring her for sex while claiming that he's not pressuring her. I appreciate that many teen relationships are without a major connection, I still think it's sort of s...more
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