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Book Review -- Forever

             Recommended age/grade level: late teens 14-18 roughly. It is sexually explicit so maybe not entirely appropriate for younger children, not yet ready to explore the realm of sexuality.
             Interest Level/Reading level: As stated above, the story is about first loves and first sexual experiences. It would be interesting to anyone exploring this area of their lives for the first time but also it has a very nostalgic feel to it, maybe for those older readers. Judy Blume is a great writer and the reading level is fairly straightforward. It was a quick read not only because the writing was easy to understand but also the suspense and the story kept me wanting to continue to read. I think that this book might be more appropriate for girls as it is written from a female perspective, although it might offer some insight if you could get a teenaged male to read it. It is not very "girly girl" so a male might be able to get into it maybe if they were experiencing a similar situation.
             Plot Summary: Forever is a story of first loves. Katherine is a senior in high school when she meets Micheal, also a senior, at a friends New Years Eve party. Micheal immediately shows interest and the two spend every moment they can together. Not long after the issue of sex is brought into the picture. As Katherine comes to terms with losing her virginity she falls more in love with Micheal than she ever could have imagined. The two discuss their plans for college in the fall and how they were going to be together every weekend and that Micheal might even take a semester off to spend time with Katherine in Denver. As the summer draws closer it becomes apparent that through no choice of their own the two must spend some seven weeks apart. Katherine is forced to work as a tennis instructor at her sister's camp in New Hampshire while Micheal goes to work in North Carolina with family. At camp Katherine discovers that first loves don"t necessarily last forever.

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