In the Unlikely Event
In her highly anticipated new novel, Judy Blume, theNew York Times# 1 best-selling author ofSummer Sistersand of young adult classics such asAre You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events.
In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her
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But alas, "In the Unlikely Event", made me realize I’ve matured. The novel just didn’t do for me what your earlier ones could. Yes, it ...more
Don't let the plane crashes fool you: this is a Judy Blume book through and through. All the typical Judy preoccupations - or rather, all the typical preoccupations of the typical Judy adolescent and young adult ...more
I thought this was terrible. There's too much telling and not enough showing, and I think her editor must have just passed this through to the printers without a close look at sentence structure and style. I expect more from Judy Blume ...more
Though this book is publicized as a Judy Blume book for adults it feels more like a YA book to me. The story is set in 1950s Elizabeth, New Jersey, and follows a number of people who are profoundly affected by three local plane crashes that occur within three months, killing passengers as well as people on the ground.
The book is told from the rotating points of view of several characters but centers around 15-year-old Miri Ammerman, a Jewish girl who lives in a loving, nurturing home ...more
She describes how that time in her life has always haunted her, to the point where she finally chose to do more research and it became the plot for her new book. The story is told by multiple characters, and they all become inter-connected through the crashes.
The author is an excellent storyteller. I just couldn't keep up the ...more
As a young girl, I devoured everything written by Judy Blume, from Superfudge to Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret and Forever as well as her adult novels Smart Women, Wifey, despite the fact I wasn't yet even a teenager. I remember being excited when her third adult novel, Summer Sisters, was published in 1988 and seventeen years later we finally have a fourth and, Judy Blume herself confesses, her last, In the Unlikely Event.
While the tone and style of Blume's writing remains remarkably ...more
First of all, Blume is a very simple, to-the-point, few-bells-and-whistles writer. She says it; she doesn't dissect it too much, and she moves on. There are pages of dialogue where people simply talk back and forth, back and forth without any dialogue tags, and you have no idea what they're doing. Other than talking, that is. A lot of sections are as simple as: She ate the cake. He had cake, too. Then they went to the movies.
I found it monotonous and the only ...more
Absolutely do not waste your time on Judy Blume's latest. It's the worst-- think The Boston Girl meets plane tragedies with a whole lot of boring yuck thrown in.
All my life, I’ve had all kinds of friends, many of whom would never get along with each other. One of the best things about being a voracious reader is being able to hang out while reading with so many different kinds of writers: highly literary writers, mystery, thriller, science fiction, and ...more
In the unlikely event...she hears the flight attendant saying in her head. Life is a series of unlikely events, isn't it? Hers certainly is. One unlikely event after another, adding up to a rich, complicated whole. And who knows what's still to come?
I didn't really know who Judy Blume was, other than some vague memory of my daughter reading her as an adolescent, and for some reason that made me think the author would be younger than I am. I read the excited stories in the media that this would ...more
I never got around to reading her adult ...more
Blume explores how everyone, not literally but that’s what it felt like at times with the alternating perspectives, in the town copes in the aftermath. I listened to the ...more
Set in what seems like nowhere-ville America, these characters (and there are a lot of them!) are all connected by tragedy. Friends, families, and neighbors are all learning together what it's like to be bystanders and watch others suffer...and what it's like to suffer themselves as well.
If you ...more
Although the plane crashes described in the story are factual, the characters and ...more
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|Cup of Coffee Boo...: Q4 - Who did you think was impacted the most by the three events that took place?||9||21||Dec 31, 2016 06:46PM|
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