Forever | Judy Blume

In this groundbreaking story of first love and sexual exploration, high school seniors Katherine and Michael promise to love each other forever. That’s a long time when you’re 17.

Awards & Honors

• ALA Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults, 1996


“You’re delicious,” Michael tells Katherine after their first kiss. No boy had ever told me that, thinks Katherine. Her relationship with Michael is one of many firsts. Katherine has never experienced such intense feelings, and she wants to be with Michael all the time. Still, she knows she should wait until she’s ready to have sex with him—and when she is ready, she’s determined to be responsible about it. But Katherine’s parents think the relationship is too serious. Can she and Michael survive a summer apart?

Judy Blume’s controversial novel, crafted with straightforward language and not a hint of judgment, was one of the first YA titles to depict a sexual relationship between teenagers that doesn’t end in pregnancy, tragedy, or total humiliation. Though its explicit nature may be inappropriate for some younger teens, that same honesty is exactly what makes Forever so valuable.

Blume, Judy. Forever. Englewood Cliffs: Bradbury Press, 1975.


April 7, 2009. Tags: , . Classics.

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