One of my favorite blogs, Design Sponge, has a segment called Living In. It is based on old movies that provide visually inspiring images for the readers to look at. I’ve always loved looking at this segment – even though they have yet to do Living In: Splendor in the Grass, MY personal favorite and visually inspiring movie.
So in a slight twist, I’m going to try my hand at the Living in segment with one of my favorite books, Forever by Judy Blume. And I’m sure a LOT of us remember this one! The book was written at the request of Judy Blume’s daughter Randy. Randy came to her mother one day in the early 70’s, asking her to please write a book about two teenagers who have sex, and nothing bad happens to them. Randy had been bombarded that year with book after book about all of the terrible things that can happen to teenagers who do have sex and how they ended up miserable for the rest of their lives, forever regretting their decision. So in an effort to comfort her daughter, Judy took it upon herself to create this sweet and familiar love story between Katherine and Michael, who meet at a New Year’s Eve party and quickly become serious. The story that Blume tells about their love for each other is so young and so nicely innocent, you can’t help but think back to your first boyfriends and remember what it was like. How you wanted to spend every second with them, how you thought you would be together forever, even though your parents were NOT thrilled with it, how you thought you would just die if you couldn’t be with them! And then of course, the realization that comes when you see that sometimes, it is just not meant to be forever. Top all of that with the idea of the 1970’s fashion, well. I just couldn’t resist. I just had to search for pictures that conjured up an idea of the visuals that come to mind when I read the book: cozy sweaters and hats, board games, walks hand in hand, long phone conversations…I know you remember.
I read Forever as an adult and loved it. Maybe you will too.