Saturday, November 1, 2008

Forever

I was on my own for Halloween so didn't want to watch or read anything scary... I ended up watching Bell, Book and Candle, a 1950s film about a witch who puts a love spell on her neighbour. It wasn't life-altering, but I did enjoy it and at least it had a witch or two in it!

Afterwards, I read Judy Blume's Forever. I had read it when I was 11 or 12 and I remember it being really racy. It was the only YA book I found that dealt with sexuality and sex. There are many more nowadays but my school library was definitely lacking in this regard.

I liked it this time I read it too, though obviously for different reasons. I thought that the characters were portrayed as both intelligent and too young to know everything, which is a tough balance to get right. Judy Blume is a genius in my eyes though. :-)

Challenges: YA Romance Challenge

4 comments:

Nymeth said...

This is going to be my first Judy Blume, it's decided. I really look forward to reading it.

Alicia said...

This is my absolute favorite Judy Blume book! I try to read it every year!

I remember the first time I read it (many years ago), it didn't seem controversial to me at all, so I was shocked that there was so much controversy

joanna said...

nymeth - keep in mind that it was written in the 70s!

alicia - I didn't think it was controversial, but I did think it was valuable because I hadn't seen anything like it before. I probably read it when I was too young for it though...

raidergirl3 said...

I remember reading this one in grade 6 - Kathy found it hidden in her mother's closet, out of sight from us. Her mother realized not all Blume books are meant for 12 year olds. We passed it around and all read it. It was great, adn the forbidden aspect made it all the better.