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Katherine and Michael meet at a New Year's Eve party. They're attracted to each other, they grow to love each other. And once they've decided their love is forever, they make love.

It's the beginning of an intense and exclusive relationship, with a future all planned. Until Katherine's parents insist that she and Michael put their love to the test with a summer apart...

Paperback, 178 pages
Published June 3rd 2005 by Pan Childrens (first published 1975)
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Maggie It was kind of implied, yes, but I don't think it was the point of the ending. I think Blume was trying to get across that even though Kathryn was you…moreIt was kind of implied, yes, but I don't think it was the point of the ending. I think Blume was trying to get across that even though Kathryn was young and very much in love with Michael, it didn't work out. Not because anything bad happened but just because. It's life. She wanted her readers to understand that it's okay for a flame to burn out because there are other people in the world that can make you feel that way too. (less)
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Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jan 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read, won
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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Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
The thing about Forever is that I didn’t read it. Boys didn’t read any of this, and do you know what happened next? What happened is we were terrible at sex. My sex ed was, I would trace ladies from comic books and then I would draw nipples and bushes on them. I sold them to my classmates. Here’s the exact picture I used to trace:

Somebody drew this, like “Here’s this bad guy’s costume," and everyone else in a whole ass company was like yep, looks legit, ship it to ten-year-olds. No, I'm so sorry
Nov 05, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: yafiction
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
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
Wow, this “retro re-read” project I've taken on with my sister-in-snark, Vanessa, has become borderline INSUFFERABLE.

We had so much enthusiasm, Vanessa and I, as we compiled an informal list of our most decadent, dirty reads, the ones we hid back in the day from the probing eyes of teachers and had covers that were worn from so many adolescent girls' hands.

Once, our inexperienced selves considered these books titilating; as experienced adults I have more likely considered. . . how did this nonse
Whitney Atkinson
2.5 stars

This book is to the girls of the 70s what American Girl's "The Keeping and Caring of You" is to girls from the 90s. It's a very short, dry story of these two teens exploring sex, and it reads more like a zeitgeist piece than an evergreen how-to guide. I was mainly interested in how teenagers talked to their partners and the social environment of sex around that time, and evaluating how different the world is today compared to this book was interesting. I don't regret reading this book,
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Judy Blume has always excelled at writing about issues that are relevant to teens. Her plainspoken characters dealing with everyday contemporary topics offer relatable reads that get right to the heart of the matter. Here she takes the reader into that first real relationship, that first love, and that first sexual experience.

While some say there is no plot or character development in this novel, I find that to be Blume’s point; she perfectly illustrates the shallowness of most teen relationship
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-away
How have I not read this sooner? I am almost 40 and only finished this today! Better late than never. I consider this book to be an education, therefore the first thing I was impressed with, with my edition being from 2005, was the author's entry at the beginning covering the absolutely essential updated requirements for safe and healthy sexual responsibility.

This was an easy read, a nice coming of age story, set in the mid seventies. Our protagonist, Katherine was a very sensible 17 year old,
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
Oct 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Okay, this one DID. NOT. stand the test of time. Released in 1975, Forever … topped the Banned Books charts due to its direct approach to teenagers having sexual relationships. Sadly it did not weather well. From the abuse of ellipses (and coming from me you KNOW there were a lot, because I myself am a fan), to the terrible writing, to the leading male that would have modern-day girls declaring #metoo, to the girl who wanted “forev
Tanya Wadley
Nov 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
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

I do have very many fond memories of Judy Blume's Forever. It has (ever since my first read at around age fourteen or so) been a novel to appreciate and read over and over again, especially since it is still considered so controversial that an unfortunately high number of ranting parental ignoramuses (often the puritanical religiously fanatic types) continue to desire the book to be universally banned, namely that they want not simply their own childr
4 stars to Judy Blume for her fantastic portrayal of teen sexuality and relationships!

It's a bit dated, yes - very 70s - but I actually loved the nostalgic vibe. It reminded me a lot of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. And to be honest, the characters in this book are the most realistic teens I've read about in YA fiction in a long time. I would have loved to get my hands on this book when I was younger. Alas, I didn't know it existed.

In Forever... soon-to-be highschool graduates Kathe
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: youngadult, novels
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
Actual Rating: 2.25/5

I knew going into Forever… that it was about teenage sexuality; what I didn’t know was just how much it was going to be about that. And I mean: All. The. Time. It was to the point where it felt like Katherine didn’t have a personality; Michael came off as a major jerk because all he wanted was sex from Kath; the other characters were so unimportant and were only there to talk about sex; I forgot she even had a sister at one point…

The entire time Katherine was with Michael I
Nov 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
my grandmother sent me this. MY GRANDMOTHER. i'll never not cringe at the thought of this book. ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Wow, finally a book by Blume I didn't enjoy or think was well done. This is a famous piece of hers because of the controversy of underage sex during dating. It has been frequently banned. It's one that has eluded my collection for years and once I finally found it, read it quickly but was left disappointed.

Blume is usually pro at weaving realistic situations, writing emotional depth convincingly, and propelling average stories forever with oomph, but here it all fell short. It felt too forced, a
Oct 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Category is: Re-read review extravaganza

Julie and I have done a few trashy buddy reads now, and thus far the results have been grim (*cough cough* Flowers in the Attic, *throws up in mouth a little* Fear of Flying.)

This book (which is NOT trashy; sorry to drag you into our degeneracy, Judy) more or less held up though. Rather than recycle my original review below, here are some random, additional thoughts:

• I was surprised at how affecting I still found this story despite dialogue like this:
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Cora Tea Party Princess
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.
Jan 14, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
1st time read: 4 stars (circa 2005)
2nd time read: 2.5 stars (2020)

I'm spending some time at my parents house and, God knows why, without planning, I randomly pulled this book from the shelf. Maybe I wanted to see if the magic was still there? Either way, I should've just stayed away.

It was easy to tell why I loved it so much 15 years ago, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone today. The dialogue was chopped and sometimes exhausting/annoying to read, and the story simply didn't dig deep enough.

Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2009
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
Stacey (prettybooks)
This post is part of the 2015 Classics Challenge.

WHEN I Discovered This Classic
I first read Judy Blume's Summer Sisters in late 2013 and, after falling in love with it, I bought her earlier novels for pre-teens and teenagers, Are You There God? It's Me Margaret and Forever.

WHY I Chose to Read It
I wanted to delve into another Judy Blume because it had been nearly a year since I read Margaret. She was also visiting the country the same month, as part of her tour to promote her latest adul
Hmm. Judy Blume, you disappointed me with this.

And I'm not talking about the plot (well, a little surprised - I still consider her as children's and coming of age books author) but the narrative and dialogues.

This was a quick read, something you want to read on the road or beach, but it felt more "cheap" than something that might be considered as Judy Blume's handwriting. The only thing I recognized as Blume's was the educational part of the book.

In a way, I'm not disappointed I read this. But
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