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"Every Saturday at midnight," a novel : exegesis of "Every Saturday at midnight," a novel Balko, Rachel Mary


This thesis analyzes Judy Blume's 1975 young adult novel, "Forever," as a moral tale informed by Second Wave feminism as represented by Germaine Greer's "The Female Eunuch" (1971). The analysis finds that Blume's portrayal of Katherine and Michael's romance in "Forever" establishes a model of sexuality for teenaged girls to emulate, and that the moral that model espouses is a simple one: Sex without marriage is fine, but sex without love is not. The thesis concludes with a comparison of the author's own young adult novel, "Every Saturday at Midnight," with "Forever," specifically with regard to the challenges (or lack thereof) that each protagonist overcomes in navigating her first sexual relationship.

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