Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Release Date: Originally published in 1975, but still circulating today.
About the Book: Forever is the story of teens Michael and Katherine-from their first meeting, to their first date, and the first time they have sex. Of course they think everything will last, but will your first love always last forever?
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I never had the chance to read this one as a teen, and I'm glad I read it now. While some of the story is outdated (Katherine's sister Jamie has a hobby of hooking rugs, the teens listen to records, Michael and Katherine are asked if they "go together") the emotional impact of the story still resonates today.
I remember my first love-I felt like Katherine-wanting to be with him, not caring about school as senior ended, and thinking that it will last. Ms. Blume captures these emotions so perfectly and she was able to transport me back to my teen years. I know teen readers will relate. It did take me a couple chapters to get into it-the writing style is very different compared to current YA books, but I think readers who are interested will stick with it.
The biggest complaint about this book is that it deals with sex, birth control, and teen pregnancy, and that the sex scenes are graphic. I honestly found the scenes handled in a way that I think teens will appreciate-they were honest and I didn't find them all that graphic. Compared to books like Gossip Girl, this book is tame. But I think that's what readers appreciate about it-this book is much more real.
As much as we would like to think that all teens have an adult to talk to or that they pay attention in health class, that is not the case. Teens also can get embarassed when talking about sex and I think Ms. Blume presents a positive look of a sexual relationship-she also gives options-Sybil gives her baby up for adoption instead of having an abortion. Ms. Blume never talks down the reader and tells them her opinion-she provides information and lets the reader come to their own conclusion.
Full Disclosure: Reviewed from my personal library copy that I purchases at Borders.