In the Unlikely Event - Judy Blume

In the Unlikely Event

By Judy Blume

  • Release Date: 2015-06-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
4
From 581 Ratings

Description

In her highly anticipated new novel, Judy Blume, the New York Times # 1 best-selling author of Summer Sisters and of young adult classics such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events.
 
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.

Early reviewers have already weighed in: “Like many family stories, this one is not without its life-changing secrets and surprises. There is no surprise that the book is smoothly written, and its story compelling. The setting—the early 1950s—is especially well realized through period references and incidents.” —Booklist (starred review) and “In Blume’s latest adult novel . . . young and old alike must learn to come to terms with technological disaster and social change. Her novel is characteristically accessible, frequently charming and always deeply human.” —Publishers Weekly
 
 

From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews

  • Not my cup of tea

    2
    By Not very techie
    This is my first Judy Blume book and I can't say I liked it much. The dialogue struck me as geared to young readers though the few sexual scenarios were not. Also, too long, and it could have been a tighter story. Liked the interweaving of the crashes, however, and wished there had been more about the people on the planes.
  • Unexpected connections

    3
    By Lenguass
    This is a book with many characters. Each one of them was interesting, but it was at times difficult to keep track of each one of them. Somehow, the author manages to make all these characters to be somehow connected into an interesting life story.
  • In an unlikely event

    4
    By beast $$$$$$$$
    This book is not your typical Judy Blume. At first with all the different characters it was difficult to follow and I assumed she was losing it in her old age. Actually it turned out to be a brilliant puzzle to which each character was intertwined. A beautiful story of uncertainty at any age in life from youth, middle age & even senior citizen. LOVED IT
  • In the unlikely Event

    4
    By Denio64
    Pretty good, not modern or for the young and restless. Perfect for the over 65 population who still memories of what things were like before Vietnam and they got to kill the rest of this generation of baby boomers. I'd buy it again.
  • Disappointing

    2
    By tianabeach
    The references to the early 50's were the best part of the book. But it really felt like it was written for teenagers, not adults. And those references would be meaningless to them.
  • Extremely disappointing

    1
    By 14lexi14
    Not engaging at all..
  • Excellent read!

    5
    By JenJC
    The many characters were very interesting, intertwined and an excellent read!
  • Great summer read

    5
    By AustinAmanda
    I tore through this while on vacation (and, coincidentally enough, flying with a connection in & out of Newark International - got to the part about the first crash just as my flight was prepping for takeoff, which was *fun* in a tempting-fate sort of way), and was just glued to it through to the end. They youthful & old bits regarding reconnecting with young lovers much later in life, that pull, that temptation, hit really close to home. I'd love to know more about the interim Vegas years, but as it is, I thoroughly recommend the book.
  • In the unlikely event

    3
    By clarinet-player
    This novel has a very intricate plot and a lot of different characters. It comes full circle with a nice ending, but borders on having too many characters, details, and plot twists to follow.
  • Finally, a new book from Judy!!

    5
    By TiffenyNealKY
    I have been a fan of Judy Blume for over 30 years. Loved this book!!! Thank you, Ms. Blume for another wonderful book to add to my collection from my favorite author of all time.