Forever by Judy Blume is a popular book for challenges. In fact, Judy Blume is a popular author for challenges. Forever was the #7 most frequently challenge book from 1990-1999, according to the ALA. The book isn’t typically taught in classrooms, but it is commonly found in school and public libraries — and had been checked out by teenagers consistently for almost 40 years (it was published in 1975).
Blume’s frank discussions of teenage sex, masturbation, and birth control are the subject of contention here. Blume crafted a novel where teenagers have sex, enjoy it in all its teenage awkwardness, and nobody dies/gets pregnant/gets an STD. She also presents the controversial point that first love is not forever, and that’s okay. We move on and have other meaningful, possibly intimate, relationships. You can read more about Forever, as well as Blume’s other novels, here.
Basically, Judy Blume has always been one of my favorite authors (I read THE CRAP out of Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret and Just As Long As We’re Together when I was in elementary school), and I am thankful I had access to her books in my childhood. Thank you, Judy Blume, for being years ahead of the game in your frank discussions of topics like sex and puberty, and for treating your readers like the curious little sponges they are.