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*Read Epub ⚞ Forever . . . ⛎ 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 LoveIt 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 Forever Is Written For An Older Age Group Than Judy Blume S Other Novels For Children It Caused A Storm Of Controversy When It Was First Published Because Of Its Explicit Sexual Content 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, whom I think had it quite easy as she did not fall too hard Or perhaps my memories were a tad different I really liked one of her observations where she was commenting on the healthy relationships of her parents and grandparents, knowing she was privy to a good foundation in having a good example to follow with her own relationships I adored the character of Artie I have never read a Judy Blume novel I know, something went wrong with that but will absolutely readPerhaps this one is not quite for my 12 and 13 year old daughters just yet, I ll pass it on in another couple of years I took this off their shelf for a change of reading material, and it was an excellent book. A word of warning This review will be conducted from a soapboxwhich, if you think about it, is a completely baffling expressionAs 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 responsibly gets birth control And nothing tragic happens to them even though they have sex And they are not destined for each other or soulmates or any of those crap excuses that books present now every time teens decide to have sex And even , their relationship does not survive a brief separation And it s treated as something perfectly normal And this is why I love it But let s have the author, Judy Blume of Are You There, God It s Me, Margaret fame speak for herself This book was first published in 1975 My daughter Randy asked for a story about two nice kids who have sex without either of them having to die She had read several novels about teenagers in love If they had sex the girl was always punished an unplanned pregnancy, a hasty trip to a relative in another state, a grisly abortion illegal in the U.S until the 1970 s , sometimes even death Lies Secrets At least one life ruined Girls in these books had no sexual feelings and boys had no feelings other than sexual Neither took responsibility for their actions I wanted to present another kind of story one in which two seniors in high school fall in love, decide together to have sex, and act responsibly. And guess what there are many conversations about sex with the blissful conviction of that time that sexual repression and double standards and the battles over birth control and abortion are finally over and common sense prevails Now fast forward to the 21st century to see what unnecessary and charged emotions are still flung about when these simple things are concerned it s like we took quite a few gigantic steps backwards, and that makes me really sad Because it s not the world I d like to leave behind for my future hypothetical daughter It s up to you to decide what s right and what s wrong I m not going to tell you to go ahead but I m not going to forbid it either It s too late for any of that I expect you to handle it with a sense of responsibility though either way. The parents and grandparents discuss sex with the teens and make it clear that they d rather have them do it under their roof than somewhere else in the unsafe fashion Parents advise kids about sex but do not cross the boundaries in explicitly forbidding anything Birth control is accessible and is viewed as a resposible choice, and Planned Parenthood helps Katherine make that choiceyou know, the same clinics that cause politicians rage fueled speeches about them killin babies and yet, from what I have seen in real world, supplying endless women with excellent prenatal care, helping bring healthy happy babies into this word How bout thatA teenage girl decides to give birth not because abortion is viewed as a horrible thing to do but because that is her choiceyes, the real pro choice stand, unlike what the conservative media paint it these days, trying to equate choice and murder in the eyes of the publicAnd no one is ashamed of having sex which would undoubtedly lead to the dreaded slut shaming because sex is viewed as part of a normal life, like I firmly believe it should be Just be careful that s my only advice Of what Pregnancy Grandma And venereal disease Really Does it embarrass you to talk about it No, but It shouldn t. We as a society keep putting sex on an unnecessary pedestal We keep shaming girls for having sex We have political leaders who are outraged at having society cover the cost of birth control as to them it means condoning women having sex and God forbid enjoying it There are so many people warring against birth control and abortion because there should be consequences to daring to have sex And, of course, in literature aimed at young people sex is only permitted if it s true love, nothing less.Well, guess what I happen to believe that sex needs to be two things 1 consensual, and 2 enjoyable for everyone involved As long as these criteria are fulfilled, I don t have a problem with it, and I hope society would eventually come to peace with not only it but the ability and the right of people involved to make informed and responsible choices about it And that someday the materials that are deemed unacceptable to young people would be the one with graphic violence and not the ones with peaceful sex And that teenage experimenting, if done responsibly, is okay because why wouldn t it be That s not a bad word hate and war are bad words but fuck isn t. And that it s perfectly okay to not find your soulmate and the perfect one in the Twilight like fashion, and it s nothing to frown upon And it s okay to have sex when you are in love, and it s okay to not have that love last forever. And therefore I gladly give this Judy Blume book 4 stars and I will make sure my future hypothetical daughter reads it at some point, close to adolescence, because I hope she absorbs the healthy attitudes towards life, and that includes realistic teenage relationships I wanted to tell him that I will never be sorry for loving him That in a way I still do that maybe I always will I ll never regret one single thing we did together because what we had was very special Maybe if we were ten years older it would have worked out differently Maybe I think it s just that I m not ready for forever.
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 2 I know that this book s supposed to be an accurate portrayal of love at the age of seventeen and for that I should cut it some slack, but I just recently turned eighteen and I ve got a good idea of what most teenagers think love to be, and what I think it s supposed to be, and with all that in mind I can t, for the life of me, abide the portrayal of love in this book I did not enjoy reading it at all and it annoyed the bajeezus out of me, and nothing will change that.3 Guys might go around naming their underparts but I m always going to think that s disgusting.4 I HATE ELLIPSES AND ANY BOOK THAT HAS FIFTEEN ELLIPSES PER PAGE WILL AUTOMATICALLY CARVE IT S PLACE IN MY HATED THIS BOOK LIST takes deep breath Okay, yeah, that s it.Okay, yeah, so maybe I should explain the 1 star if you ve been following my reviews, you ll know that I rarely give books a 1 star rating I m not that hard to please as a reader, and I hate giving one of Judy Blume s books 1 star I used to love her MG books as kid, from what I can recall anyway But the thing is, I don t think there was a SINGLE redeeming factor in this book for me Let me list a brief list of the reasons 1 THE WRITINGGG It was so bland and unimaginative, and it was really hard to picture the scenes sometimes And the dialogue could be VERY corny at times But maybe what bothered me most was the CONSTANT use of ellipses I mean, you know ellipses have this really annoying effect they make the reader keep taking pauses and in this book there was one in practically EVERY FRIGGIN SENTENCE OMG Argggggg.2 The characters I didn t give a shizz about a single one of them, NOT ONE Kath was boooooooring and Michael was the horniest male love interest of all time I mean, yeah, teens are all lusty and hormonal and blah blah blah Hi 17 year old speaking here , but this man takes it to a whole new level Which brings me to 3 I wasn t particularly impressed with love s portrayal in this book I mean, to me, there was zilch chemistry between the characters and even so, it felt to me like Kath wasinto screwing Michael because he wanted it so bad rather than her own desire to do it The sex in this book is also REALLY explicit I m no prude, but come on, all that describing takes away all the romance in the scene Oh and, Michael calls his you know what RALPH Dude Seriously I get why this book is important for the time it was written in that didn t stop me from blitzing through it to finally get over with it Thankfully, it s super short and I won it in a contest, so I m not that miffed I m not saying no one should read this book cause it s aaaaawfulll a lot of people seem to really like it but it just wasn t for me. To my dear friend, Christine s credit, she didn t recommend this personally I just shamelessly meddled with her shelves and found this novel You may as well proceed with her wonderful one line review if you want to avoid the rant y one coming your way But before the rant, let me just greet my sweet friend, A HAPPY BIRTHDAY.I hope you re having the best time and even though I didn t like this novel, again, it s the thought that I read a book for you that counts, right Lol Some books we love, some we just don t It s a sad fact of life but still, cheers, Christine Now onto the review Allow me to spare you the suspense The story goes basically this way Adults go saying to the teenage character Here are some birth control tips Now go pop the cherry, roll in the hay, have a go at it You may get stoned a little too as long as there s adult supervision and remember, be responsible for your own actions possibly ending the statement with a wink, a smile and two thumbs up My pitiful eyes, they suffered from the innumerable number of times getting laid was mentioned in the entire story.Now you may say, Pft It s Aj She s just too uptight and stuffy Though you may be a teeny, tiny bit right to say that and I m totally rolling my eyes at ya , it s not just the plot and the content of the story It s everything else The writing style is kind of dull and in my opinion, too lazy I wasn t a fan of the plain dialogue style or the diary of a 10 year old entry like narrations See below example My parents sleep early, usually at 10 00 to 11 00 pm My father works out at a gym four times a week and plays tennis every morning from 7 30 8 30 am It s not like I m a better writer but hey, I m not an author And the characters, oh don t even get me started with the characters I couldn t even mildly put it and say I couldn t relate with them Because in my strong personal opinion, they re just plain flat, unfeeling paper characters and I m so sorry that I couldn t even euphemize my descriptions to avoid cruelty but you must know, reviews like this one is really hard for me too and as much as I wanted to give this two stars, I just can t because two stars means it s okay but this is definitely not okay especially that awful Michael guy naming his thingy, Ralph And I liked Wreck it Ralph a lot Way to ruin his image for me Ugh Turns out this is a classic YA novel Beats me I should be able to appreciate and enjoy a book regardless of the time it s written That s what a good book s supposed to be at least for me.