Hello and happy Wednesday. I hope you’re having a great day. There are some books that become cult favorites and some authors that everyone knows about. I’m not talking about classics or anything like that, but middle grade or young adult books and authors that are very well known.
One of these icons when it comes to children’s/middle grade/ young adult literature is Judy Blume. I’d never read anything by her growing up, but I was always fascinated by this book by her that was in my best friend’s bookshelves. I’m talking about Forever…this book about a girl’s “first time” that was super revolutionary when it was first published and even decades later. Seriously, I didn’t get what the fuss was all about. In my opinion, it was poorly written and there wasn’t really a storyline to follow other than a teenager’s mediocre sex adventures. I think the underlying message of “don’t have sex, our you’ll cheat on your boyfriend with some random dude” is straight up problematic.
Now, I get it, maybe the author wanted to make readers aware of the indirect consequences of having sex or whatever. That could have been handled better and indeed it was in Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover. This book is part of a series, but it is actually a spin-off novella, so you don’t need to have read the other books to understand or enjoy this one. Like Forever… it deals with sex and the consequences it might bring, but there is so much more to the story that I think you’ll end up loving it.
Honestly, virginity and the loss of it are not topics I’m drawn to in literature, and I’d prefer them to be handled in a more natural way. What is your take on this topic? Do you like it? Do you hate it? Are you indifferent? Let me know in the comments below.
Love, Miss Camila