I read FOREVER, by Judy Blume, in eighth or ninth grade (this was the cover it had when I read it). One of my friends got a hold of a copy, and we smuggled it around. This was in the rural Midwest in the early eighties, which shows you that censoring what goes into public libraries doesn't keep material out of teen's hands (see parent disclaimer in my last post...TALK to your kids!)
Of course, I gobbled up every word of the sex scenes (just like with every sexual innuendo in Romeo and Juliet when I read it in ninth grade), but the overall message stuck with me also: You may think you're in love and that it means forever, but after the lust has settled, it may not turn out that way.
An important message. And one that, as Taylor Swift's song, Fifteen, shows, is still relevant today.
BTW, I'm also planning to post this week about how much writing I'm able to squeeze in each day. If you want to join us, the challenge is on Patti Nielson's blog, HERE.