Judy Blume: Forever (2299 words)

Leah Phillips (University of Warwick)
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Addressing the complexities of growing up, Judy Blume’s books for young people — especially Forever (1975) in its depiction of adolescent sexual awakening — have guided countless teenagers through the delights and trials of adolescence, the years between childhood and adulthood. Blume’s earlier Deenie (1973) deals with adolescent body image, and her iconic Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970) with puberty, particularly menarche. Forever, however, takes adolescence to the cusp of adulthood by addressing sex, a subject many adults would prefer to keep from children. Thus, while the novel’s premise, boy meets girl, is quite simple, the novel’s approach to a…

Citation: Phillips, Leah. "Forever". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 July 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38832, accessed 24 October 2021.]

38832 Forever 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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