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- Publisher: MACMILLAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 16mm | 159g
- Publication date: 3 September 2001
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 033039780X
- ISBN 13: 9780330397803
- Edition: Unabridged
- Edition statement: Unabridged
- Sales rank: 16,355
Do you remember the first time? Still the bravest, freshest, fruitiest and most honest account of first love, first sex and first heartbreak ever written for teens. It was a book ahead of its time -- and remains, after thirty years in print, a teenage bestseller.
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For several decades Judy Blume has been winning legions of fans around the world with her stories. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. She receives thousands of letters every month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her. Judy lives on islands up and down the east coast of America with her husband.
By Maria 04 Nov 2011
What can I say about this book... firstly, it is the best growing up book I have read, and secondly Judy Blume has captured the process of growing up extremely well.
Forever is about first love, first sex and first heartbreak, and I believe that Blume has portrayed this effectively by the way she has described what is involved in first love relationships. This book is aimed at teenage girls who will be going through the same steps of growing up, so Katherine, the main character, is leading the way and showing that everyone goes through the same thing. Blume has portrayed Katherine's worries and feeling about the subject of sex, which will help other girls to think about what they want for the future. Throughout the book we also read about other girls and their own experiences on sex which Blume will have added so that the reader learns of what happens when you take different steps of action through sex.
However to be honest, I did think that throughout the book it kept skipping parts, for example it was talking about one day, then the next sentence it was talking about a few days later. But this could be seen as effective because Blume wanted to get across the facts of relationships, so she may have felt that skipping parts and moving straight on to the relationship parts of the story would help people keep in their minds what the story is portraying.
When it was first published there was a debate about whether it was suitable for teenage girls, because of its sexual content. However, in my opinion this book is most definitely suitable because teenage girls need to learn of risks of sex (pregnancy, STIs), and this book includes all the steps to take for when you first start having sex. If you ask yourself a question, whom do girls go to for help and advice? The answer may very well be family or doctors/family planning clinic, but some girls don't have the confidence to speak about their worries. Therefore this book will give them all the information about sex, without having to speak out about it. It may well contain graphic scenes, but that's the whole part about growing up and learning.
"Judy Blume is a publishing phenomenon" TES"
Increasingly Judy Blume's books center on single topics and the topic here, as pronounced in the first sentence, is getting laid. Cath and Michael fall in love when both are high school seniors, and Blume leads up to It date by date and almost inch by inch (hand over sweater, hand under skirt. . .) and then, after the breakthrough, describes each session until the kinks in timing and such are straightened out. (There's also a word for word transcript of her Planned Parenthood interview and a letter from Grandma, who's heard she is "going steady," advising birth control.) For Cath though forever lasts only until her parents send her off to a summer camp job and she finds herself unwillingly attracted to the tennis counsellor she's assisting; Michael takes it without much grace but Cath will never regret one single thing because it was all very special. "I think it's just that I'm not ready for forever." As usual with this immensely popular author, Forever has a lot of easy, empathic verity and very little heft. Cath like Blume's other heroines is deliberately ordinary, which means here (despite friends, nice family, etc.) that outside of the love affair she's pretty much a blank. In fact this could be a real magnet for all those girls who took to Are You There God It's Me Margaret just a few years ago and haven't changed all that much since. Another way of looking at Forever is as an updated Seventeenth Summer. (Kirkus Reviews)