Judy Blume’s latest novel “In the Unlikely Event” was not written for young adults, like many of her well know classics - but it is coming of age.
Multiple characters’ lives are muddled together after their neighborhood is victim to three unrelated plane crashes over the course of three months. This novel, though fiction, is based on real events that occurred in New Jersey in the 1950s. With this as the backdrop, Blume draws on these series of events, to explore the impact it had on the community, from both in the sky and on the ground as their lives are interwoven with one another.
As always Blume’s characterization and writing is smooth and spot on. She understands humans, their questions, worries and dynamics. Despite some of the sad subject matter her book will leave you in a warm nostalgic haze having found a familiar companion or two within her pages.
Title: In the Unlikely Event
Author: Judy Blume
Reviewed by Suzy D, Mt Albert Library