Monday, October 29, 2012
Forever... by Judy Blume
Forever... by Judy Blume
Katherine and Michael met at a New Year’s Eve party. Kath never thought they would grow to love each and promise each other forever. With promising forever comes love, making love, hardships, friendships, and breakups. Will Kath and Michael last forever? This book caused a storm of controversy when it came and some parents didn’t like the content, libraries banned, and it was just another book controversy apocalypse. I was expecting to be blown away. I first discovered this book when browsing the books in Walmart at the mere age of 10 and half. Since then I had been wanting to read this book very badly and that was four years ago. That’s a lot of waiting. I was disappointed in this book. It seems like I waited such a long time for something mediocre and not exciting at all. Well, that’s not entirely true. I thought the ending was very exciting with the whole Theo fiasco/ camp problem. My biggest pet peeve in this book was the writing. The writing and thoughts and sentences exchanged between the characters looked like this.
The main character is… Katherine… she also goes by Kath. Kath pauses… like a freaking madman. It got gather annoying… she also said um a lot. Um is Kath’s favorite word along with forever. Michael and Katherine… forever… See where the title comes into place. Even with the periods. I should’ve seen that coming just by the title. I was fooled. Kath is pretty unremarkable and I found myself not caring if she and Michael stayed together forever. I was more interested in finding out what was going to happen with the characters around her, but there were times when she became interesting. Like when she went to camp and started interacting with new people. Hey look I found Kath and Michael's song. Here it is
Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 6.5
The main male character is Michael. Michael is boring and horny. The first time he was introduced I thought to myself, “This is who she falls in love with, oh lord.” Right from the start I knew it would be a mess… a very hot mess. Michael was boring, but the only thing he really seemed to offer in the story was sex. I guess that’s an odd thing to say considering this is YA and not erotica, but I said it and I mean it. Michael was boring and I could care less about him. We didn’t learn hardly anything about him and I don’t think Kath really knew him all that well either. A disappointing lead… probably one the most boring leads I’ve come across.
Swoon Worthy Scale: 4
The Villain- Hahahahahahaha
Hey, look it’s Kesha! Hot mess in the house just like their overly dependent relationship.
Villain Scale: bwahahahahah 2 cause I’m nice ;)
Kath’s friend, Erica, was interesting and trying to convert Artie, a young man who may or not be gay and is very confused. I thought she was kind of superficial, but at the same time I liked her. Artie was my favorite character along with Kath’s sister. They had substance and they were interesting. I felt like I know more about Jaime, Kath’s sister, and her aspirations, talents, and interests. Sybil was just thrown in there to be the sorta-friend that got knocked up. I wanted to know her story.
Character Scale: 4
The characters were nothing special, the writing felt mediocre, but I did enjoy some of the story. I expected so much and got nothing. I feel unsatisfied and sad. I expected so much. This was my mom’s first YA novel and she had loved, but why can’t I? Maybe it’s because writing has evolved and writing… like this… is pointless. I don’t know but I do know that my mom and I are going to have a very riveting discussion on this book tonight.
Cover Thoughts: I actually love the cover, but I wouldn’t really want my dad or anyone in public to see me with this. I find it simplistic and romantic, but I had been expecting a sizzling summer romance that would sweep me off my feet. I didn’t get that, but I did get the chance to read it and form and opinion.