by Judy Blume
Doubleday Canada (Penguin Random House)
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Description: In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.
In the Unlikely Event is vintage Judy Blume, with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume’s unparalleled storytelling, and full of memorable characters who cope with loss, remember the good times and, finally, wonder at the joy that keeps them going.
The Good Stuff
- Excellent character development
- Wonderful depiction of the 50's in all of its glory and horror
- Every character felt so very real and so very human, Blume has always excelled at this
- Interesting to see all of the different types of families depicted
- You can see how much the story based on real life events has haunted the author. I hope this has helped her come to grips with the loss
- Some absolutely brilliant wise words about life, family, love, loss and growing up
- Really not a good idea to read this just before you are about to get on a plane (FYI, started 2 days before I was leaving to visit Toronto, I picked my seats at the back of the plane, because of this book)
- Way too many characters, hard to keep track of everyone's storyline
- Really wanted to love it, as I have enjoyed the authors other works, but it just felt rushed and all over the place. I blame myself for having high expectations as well
"Life is a series of unlikely events, isn’t it? Hers certainly is. One unlikely event after another, adding up to a rich, complicated whole. And who knows what’s still to come?
"What was it with boys in her class? Was it that they liked the idea of spaceships and zombies? Was it too scary to think about what really made the planes crash ?"
"Miri, sweetheart-life is hard," Henry said. "but its worth the struggle."
I received this from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review