In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (EPUB)
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.
In the Unlikely Event
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, Judy Blume imagines and weaves together a haunting story of three generations of families, friends, and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by these disasters. 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 a gripping novel with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume‘s unparalleled storytelling.
In the Unlikely Event is extremely morbid and there were a lot of things I liked, but a few things I didn’t. The premise is that a small town in New Jersey deals with a bunch of plane crashes that happen very close together. The book focuses on a bunch of people who are affected by the plane crash. The book has a lot of little chapters, and each one focuses on different characters, some who repeat, some who are one offs. At first this was extremely disconcerting and I had trouble keeping track of who was who. After the book went on, it became a bit easier, but even by the end, the book was a tad confusing. I liked a lot of the characters, in particular the very interesting Natalie. The thing that I enjoyed the most about this book was that it just felt so Judy Blume, if that makes any sense.