Even at 17 there is more to a teenager's emotions than: I like the guy, he is nice, I want to have sex with him, I love him, etc. I think Blume was trying to get across that even though Kathryn was you. BUT...I think this book puts teen sex in a bad light. And considering it was wrote in 1975 , and i still like it , it is a very good book . I guess I didn't like it for two main reasons. Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. Star ratings in green are reader reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. They are your kids and they need your help. Plus, the relationship described fell flat. Parents: Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Des milliers de livres avec la livraison chez vous en 1 jour ou en magasin avec -5% de réduction . Join discussions about your favorite books and enter to win more in our monthly giveaways. She wrote a novel that showed that teenage sex is not always a regretable experience. I read this book when I was 21, and I should have read it in highschool when I first started having sex. Though it was set in the late seventies I felt as if someone had recorded all the mistakes I made with my first "true love", changed the names and a few minor details and kicked out an incredibly relate able and enjoyable (in that painful yearning sort of way) little novel. But Katherine’s parents disapproved her going out with Michael. I think my biggest problem with this book is Katherine and Michael's decision to name his penis "Ralph." Judy Blume portrayed teenage sex in a beautiful way. But then life happens and so does growing up. I'm sure this book was very important in its time and was the means by which many girls learned about sex. Katherine and Michael meet at a New Year's Eve party. Even at 17 there is more to a teenager's emotions than: I like the guy, he is nice, I want to have sex with him, I love him, etc. That's up for them and their parents to decide. © Common Sense Media. And Judy included a very useful sex education through this story. When my Litsy friends suggested a reread of this classic young adult novel, I was all in. I think Blume was trying to get across that even though Kathryn was you. When the truth is uncovered, the bullies come out to... Get exclusive interviews with authors, our top recommended books each month, and see the list of recent giveaway winners! Our ratings are based on child development best practices. I loved the book. Wrong. age 14+ Based on 12 reviews. She receives thousands of letters a year from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her. This is a famous piece of hers because of the controversy of underage sex during dating. Suddenly, one day at camp, Michael came to her to visit her because he missed her so much. Also if your kids dont know about sex yet and you don't want them to don't let them read it. Thank you for your support. ‘You’ve gotta read this.’ I looked down at the book she’d passed me. She sets forth a beautiful mixture of realistic expectations, life circumstances, and raw emotions to give her audience an uncensored version of life as a teenager. I wouldn't say that nothing bad happens to Katherine and Michael, but this is definitely a book about how it's love and it's natural and only squares have a problem with their teenaged daughters bringing thei. Maisie...", "SING LIKE NO ONE'S LISTENING is a YA fiction about grief and anxiety. It's life. ... age 13+ Based on our expert review. Families can talk about why this book is considered controversial. Searching for streaming and purchasing options ... Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Join now. Initially, Kath isn't too impressed with him, but as the night wears on, she finds herself growing more and more attracted to him. She wanted her readers to understand that it's okay for a flame to burn out because there are other people in the world that can make you feel that way too. In fact, sex scenes were the only ones that kept me remotely interested in the story. How have I not read this sooner? While we may all dream of forever, at 15 forever can be over in a few months. Meet Tom Durwood ! Book just wasn't written that well. We're updating our reviews to better highlight authentic stories and accurate, diverse representations. All rights reserved. Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head. Judy Blume has always excelled at writing about issues that are relevant to teens. .…. Star ratings in yellow are from our Staff Reviewers. Here she takes the reader into that first real relationship, that first love, and that first sexual experience. Copyright © 1998 - 2020 Young Adult Books Central, All Rights Reserved. [I think Michael naming his penis is sexy. Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.