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. Alt...more
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
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...more
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
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
Don't be fooled by that Sarah Dessenesque cover, lovelies. There's no fluffy, innocent puppy love in this baby. Nope. This book is about
SEX. (Now that I have your attention...)
People get their panties in a twist over sex. Literally and figuratively. Ironically, the people whose panties are most twisted figuratively, probably aren't getting any of the literal variety. I know. Sad.
It's like adults think that some kind of sex fairy is goi...more
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
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
Ever since the party Michael and Kath have been seeing eachother.After 19 dates Kath discovers her pationate love for Michael. Their love grows so strong, they make love.
I must say that this bo...more
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.
There were so many ellipses... at the end of basically every sentence spok...more
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
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
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
At times even I felt uncomfortable with how detailed Blume got into everything. I never read this when I was young, and I thought nothing could be more graphic or detailed or informative than Deenie or Are You There G-d? It's Me, Margaret. I was clearly wrong.
BUT it was excellent, because aside from some things that just don't translate out of the 70s, this book was spot on about how you...more
The writing was nothing special.
The characters were ok.
But the reason, I gave this book 2 stars, was because how this book made me think and feel about the meaning of Forever.
Michael and Katherine, thought they had something special, something that would last forever.
But forever, is a long time and things sometimes don't work out.
Or even marriage, which sometimes end in seperation and divorce.
To me, the writing and charact...more
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.
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