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By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Real look at first love (and sex) -- a teen classic.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 14+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 16+


I read this for a banned book project in my English class. I really liked it. I'll be 18 friday but. The book is very sexual but like it should be read by matured teens. Also if your kids dont know about sex yet and you don't want them to don't let them read it. But I would say 16+ because of a lot of teen pregnancys
age 14+

Freedom of speech!:)

this is book is AMAZING!!! yes little kids shouldn't read it just yet but when they are ready they should definitely read it. it has soooo many good messages and it is so realistic which is the best part. I mean when you are a senior in high school, you have sooo many things going on especially your feelings and hormones. Blume knows it and did an excellent job sharing it with the world. Young teens are having sex and nothing is truly going to stop them so why not make sure they are being safe about it and know the true meaning of sex or "making love." Katherine did the right thing by going to Planned Parenthood and get birth control. She knew the consequences of her actions and did something about it to help prevent it and keep safe. Knowledge is a lot stronger than people realize. I've unfortunately heard stories of teens losing the virginity just because they wanted too not protected, not knowing the consequences, and now she's living with her decision and has a baby. Knowledge!!! let kids and teens know there's help out there and if you don't want to talk to them about it or don't know how to start, ask them to read the book. They won't be able to put it down once they start and after they are done talk to them about being prepared and knowing the right thing to do. They are your kids and they need your help. Don't ban a book that can help YOUR kids, give them as many resources they can.

Is It Any Good?

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This classic from the '70s may seem tame compared with some of today's young adult literature, but readers will still appreciate Judy Blume's honest depiction of young love. Some of the language is dated, but Katherine and Michael are both believable characters. While there are depictions of sex, there's a lot more here, too. Not only do Katherine and Michael have a real relationship, but Katherine is thoughtful about her decision to have sex.

Katherine has some open conversations, including one in which her mother tells her: "Sex is a commitment ... once you're there you can't go back to holding hands." Blume opens newer editions of the book reminding readers that things have changed since she wrote FOREVER: "Today, sexual responsibility also means preventing sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS which can kill you." Whatever your family's values, you can use Forever to start many conversations with your kids, from your own beliefs about premarital sex to your thoughts about book censorship.

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