Sunday, May 2, 2010

Module #15

Module #15- Forever by Judy Blume
Blume, Judy.
Forever. New York: Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2003.
Summary: Katherine thinks she has found true love when she starts dating Michael. As their relationship develops they both believe their relationship will last forever. Katherine makes the decision to give up her virginity to Michael after carefully consideration and precaution. They can't imagine that their feelings for each other will ever change. Katherine even begins to make decisions about her future (college) based on Michael even though her parents warn her about making such decisions. After a summer apart, Katherine is surprised to see that her feelings begin to change, and her first last does not last forever.
Tattered Cover says: This story captures so perfectly the intense feelings of first love. I love the fact that it is neither nightmare nor fairytale. The boyfriend does not turn out to be a jerk, Katherine does not wind up pregnant but they also do not end up getting married and living happily ever after. Teenagers will get to see a very realistic love story in Forever.
How to use this in a library: I would love to see this book in a mother/ daughter book club. In the book, Katherine and her parents have such open communication. I think this would be a great way to open up the communication between mothers and daughters about such a touchy subject.
"No preaching (Blume never does) but the message is clear; no hedging (Blume never does) but a candid account by Kathy gives intimate details of a first sexual relationship. The characters and dialogue are equally natural and vigorous, the language uncensored, the depiction of family relationships outstanding."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults.