Review: In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

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unlikelyevent After attending the Judy Blume panel at BookCon and getting my copy of In The Unlikely Event signed by Ms. Blume herself, I was eager to dive into this hefty novel by the author of Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.

(I wrote about the BookCon panel here. I loved hearing the author’s thoughts on her own work!)

I read In the Unlikely Event slowly, struggling to keep the characters straight as I went along, as the perspective switches frequently between a cast of children and adults. Despite this trouble, I persevered, knowing it would be worth it in the end. And it was.

I fell for Judy Blume’s newest novel not so much for the characters, who were complex but not necessarily interesting, but for the time they lived through. Blume’s descriptions of the 1950s in Elizabeth, New Jersey, a town not too far from my…

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