I’m bad at librarying. I’ll reserve a bunch of books, and they’ll all become available at once, and you can’t renew books that have a waiting list, so then I’ll end up with this high-pressure “read all the books at once” marathon of reading and listening to audio books and it all just calls for a stiff drink.
I get greedy. I love the library. They give you books! For free! Sometimes I overestimate my own reading potential and underestimate my need for sleep.
Anyway. I reserved Judy Blume’s latest at the library. I waited a few months for it to become available, and then I picked it up right before I went out of town. And then I was reading another book, and then, pretty soon, I realized I had 4 days to start and finish the book before it was due. It was pretty high-pressure.
But dammit if it wasn’t worth it.
“In the Unlikely Event” is a book for adults, but the main character is a 15-year-old girl. And dammit if Judy Blume can’t write young people.
Reading this book took me back to devouring Judy’s books for kids. I’d get my hands on a new-to-me Judy Blume book and I was lost to the world until it was done. Her characters spoke to me – they had horrible thoughts and things they didn’t tell anyone else – just like me. It was a revelation, and seemed crazypants that An Adult wrote such things. Adults clearly didn’t know anything about being a kid.
“In the Unlikely Event” gave me that throwback reading experience, but it’s also just a well-written book. It’s engaging, with a plot that keeps you guessing and doesn’t leave everyone living happily ever after – kind of like life.
My inner 10-year-old ached for the perfect happy ending. But my outer 40-year-old was thankful for such a fun read. All told, I give it 4 airline ground crew dachshunds.
What’s your favorite all-time Judy Blume book? If forced to choose at gunpoint, I’d probably say “Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself.” You?