Author: Judy Blume
Release Date: Original 1975, reprint April 24, 2007
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Format: paperback, bought
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I pulled this book from my TBR Book Jar, and I'm glad I did. As you all know, I'm a cover snob, I usually only pick up a book if it's either recommended to me by a few people or if the cover is something that catches my eye to read more into it. This is the latter one. I'm glad I did.
I was feeling that even if the book wasn't too good, it was short so I could at least power through it, but luckily I didn't have to. I started reading it and was right away sucked into the pages.
This book is about Katherine and Michael mainly, there is some side characters that are a large part of the story, but it is mainly the love story of Katherine and Michael. It is told through the eyes of Katherine and how she is feeling throughout the months that pass.
The book is definitely one you can tell was written in the 70s, but I actually liked it that way. It still seems like the world today, just some small differences. As I had a love in high school when I was younger, it seemed very real and the way it is when you first really love someone. I flew through the pages just reminiscing on not only my past relationship of high school puppy love but also my love I have right now. I smiled and loved pretty much the whole book.
I will warn, there is a decent amount of sexual talk and scenes throughout the book, but there isn't much in detail as there is just showing how most teenagers are when the feeling of love is flowing through them in a strong current. It wasn't for me in a way that I was like wow, this shouldn't be read by anyone younger. I think it gives a true picture of how it is for teenagers, especially seniors in high school. Hormones raging, college coming up and not wanting to see un-experienced, or the feeling of shame by doing something they shouldn't.
The friendships and love are true to my experience as I'm sure a lot of yours. Katherine's parents are more laid back and let her do a little more than most, but they also try to intervene when they need to. So I'm sure if it was written with more strict parents it would have turned out a little different, but as most know, teens will do what they want, no matter if they have permission or not.
I gave this review a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it, but there was just something about it that made me take .5 off of it. I still very much enjoyed it, and am very tempted to give it a 5, but my mind is just saying, it is very good but not quite a 5.
I very much enjoyed it!!