For the longest time I had no interest in reading and since my parents are such big readers it frustrated them that I would rather watch television. That was, until I got into Judy Blume books such as Dear God, It’s Me Margaret or Deanie but just as quickly as I got into these books I also soon ran out.
On a trip to Florida (we went every year due to my dad’s business trip) my mom decided to look in a book store to find another Judy Blume book and in the Young Adult section she found the book Forever… and to her joy her daughter could continue her love of reading.
What my mother didn’t bother to check was what this book was about and here is Amazon.com’s explanation:
“Going all the way” is still a taboo subject in young adult literature. Judy Blume was the first author to write candidly about a sexually active teen, and she’s been defending teenagers’ rights to read about such subjects ever since.
Mind you I was about 12 years-old when I read this and very innocent naive and didn’t get a sex talk until I was in college (by a more knowledgeable friend). Not only was the book about an intimate relationship between a boy and a girl (which I knew nothing about) but it was about a lot of other stuff I didn’t know about either.
I remember clearly reading a part where the boy and girl were fooling around and the mention of a sticky liquid on her hands. She got a tissue to clean it up and I was mighty confused.
There was talk about pubic hair, balls, and lots of other stuff that went right over my head. Although I did find out something about what they were talking about in this book was giving me a new feeling, one I didn’t know what to do about but enjoyed none-the-less.
I read that book in a matter of days and never left the hotel room 😉