Forever . . .
By Judy Blume
(Simon Pulse, Paperback, 9781416934004, 208pp.)
Publication Date: April 24, 2007
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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. Although they haven't been together all that long, they know it's serious. A whole world opens up as young passion and sexuality bloom.
But it's senior year of high school, and there are big changes ahead. Michael and Katherine are destined for another big "first": a decision. Is this the love of a lifetime, or the very beginning of a lifetime of love?
Judy Blume, one of America's most popular authors, is the recipient of the 2004 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of beloved books for young people including Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, and novels for adult readers including Wifey, Smart Women, and Summer Sisters. Her work has been translated into twenty-eight languages, and she receives thousands of letters a month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her.
Even in an age of sexting and online porn, Blume's 1975 teen novel is still considered controversial. Writer J. Courtney Sullivan says she picked up Forever... for the scandal -- but she stayed for the feminist lesson. At its core, the novel is about young women who make responsible choices -- and have sex on their own terms. More at NPR.org
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"A convincing account of first love."
-- The New York Times Book Review