Forever tainted

My mother was thrilled when around age 10 I started to enjoy reading but I only wanted to read Judy Bloom books. Books like Deanie and Hello God, It’s Me Margaret because well they are meant for girls that age. These books teach you about growing up and make you feel a little less awkward at a very awkward age. It didn’t take me long though before I read all the books by Judy Bloom for my age group.

While on vacation in Florida my mom was eager to keep me reading and found the book Forever… by Judy Bloom at the book store and bought it for me. To my surprise when I began reading this book around age 12 it was about a girl’s first love and losing her virginity. Did I tell my mother that was what the book was about? No way! I felt like I had found a secret key into a world I wasn’t supposed to know about yet.

You need to understand at age 12 I was a very clueless 12 year-old. I didn’t know about sex, drugs, or anything else unless it involved a Corey Haim movie. It wasn’t until I got to college that I really began to understand anything since nobody really explained anything to me. As I read the book eagerly page to page while I didn’t understand most of it I couldn’t wait to get to the next page.

All I remember was the girl talking about touching a boy and needing a tissue afterwards and talking about putting some cologne or something in a naughty place on her boyfriend. I’m not sure why I don’t remember much else but I know that I couldn’t put the book down the entire week we were in Florida. I remember the book giving me a funny feeling that I liked but I didn’t know what the feeling was at the time 😉

I wouldn’t say the book corrupted me or anything but in fact I think it showed me the truth of what being a young woman was really like. It showed me that forever usually isn’t really forever and especially when you are young love can fade. Over the years since I’ve found out many others have had similar stories with the book Forever… and I think maybe it’s a secret right of passage for some young women. I’m glad I read it and if I ever have a daughter of my own I will probably give it to her to read, but maybe wait a couple years so she can understand it more and give her the option to ask me question. It might save me from having the awkward sex talk 😀


  1. Blueyes

    March 13, 2006 at 10:25 am

    Never read that book but I have heard of that author. Never read anything of hers if I remember correctly. My mother had sex books she got from somewhere we were showed but these days you can learn it all on tv :/

  2. Gary

    March 13, 2006 at 10:48 am

    Nice post. I don’t think you’ll have to worry about the awkward sax talk. I have a feeling girls are up to speed about sex pretty early these days. Just watching TV.

  3. Chris

    March 13, 2006 at 6:12 pm

    I remember reading a Judy Bloom book as a kid and completely adoring it. I can’t remember the title or what it was about now, but I know that it was very important to me at the time.

    By the way, the ‘sax talk’ of the previous comment made me laugh!

  4. Robin

    March 14, 2006 at 8:50 am

    If I do have children I definitely want them experiencing Judy Blume, I think she’s great.

  5. Leesa

    March 14, 2006 at 1:26 pm

    I loved the Are You There, God book by Judy Bloom. Such a wonderful book for a girl going through all that puberty has to offer.

  6. Robin

    March 14, 2006 at 1:30 pm

    It’s so confusing to be a kid at that age, especially a girl I think, so any help at all I think is SO good. Thanks for stopping by Leesa.

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