[599]: In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume


I must admit that my initial reaction when I heard that Judy Blume was coming out with a new novel was ecstasy. Imagine being a part of a generation that lives in the same era as beloved as Ms. Blume?  I can only imagine it being a blessing to some. And this from a reader who didn’t grow up reading her books. Her reputation proceeds her. In as much as Margaret Atwood and Stephen King in their respective genres.

This book, however, was not what I’d expected. The biggest obstacle for me was the lack of concise plot direction. The story was about the events that happened back in 50’s when a town in New Jersey was plagued with air disasters. This tells the story of the people that were affected. I would like to argue that Blume didn’t really explore how, though. In fact, it only showed that their lives turned out every which way simply because – well, life. It went on regardless of the tragedies that happened. No one developed a debilitating fear of flying because they witnessed the plane crashes. It is but a story to be told without any consequent reaction to the reader.

Another hindrance was the overwhelming number of narrators that I had a hard time keeping track of. An overpopulation, as it were. It contributed to my disconnection with the story as a whole. Because when everyone vies for my attention, the more I become stingy with affection. I’m a cold-hearted bitch reader, I know. And I feel doubly bad knowing that Ms. Blume practically wrote this novel all her life. I hate reducing a lifetime of work into a badly-written review. But trust me, it’s not my intention at all. Besides, I’m sure I’m only going to be one faint voice amongst Blume’s rejoicers.

In the Unlikely Event is published by Double Day Canada. Published, June 2nd, 2015. 2 stars out of 5. 



  • Heard of her all my life but I don’t recall reading her-although I might have. Don’t apologize for not liking a book-everyone has different tastes and not everyone is going to like what others like! I don’t mind multiple POV’s as long as it’s clear who is talking and they aren’t just half a page a piece or something. Interesting review!

  • I’m one of those that grew up reading her YA books, though I’ve not read any of her adult ones (I own a few, heh) the premise of this story baffles me a bit, lack of plot direction sounds scary :/ I’ll be going into this one with my eyes wide open! Sorry it wasn’t what you expected it to be 🙁

  • She spent her whole life up until this point working on this book? Say what? That sounds odd to me. I hope it’s not being used as a marketing ploy to sway readers because sadly like yourself Joy, this one sounds crap to me too. I’ve read a few of her books here and there growing up, those coming of age, awakening type novels and to be honest, I never understood the hype. I’ll be giving this one a miss too. Wonderful review nonetheless Joy <3

  • Jazmen

    Meh. Yeah I’ll pass on this one. Definitely not worth it if you only gave it two stars. Sorry it sucked.

  • Wow, she spent her whole life writing this? Don’t feel bad that you didn’t enjoy it, we can’t like every single book that we did. This sounds like an intriguing story, but like you I would be weary of all the characters that I need to keep up with too.

    Merry Christmas Joy!! xx

  • This is why I generally don’t like multiple POVs! I get confused, disengaged, or both. :p I’ve never read a JB book. Sorry this one wasn’t too good!

  • which is another reason why I dislike multiple POV’s and why I’m not a teacher or anywhere near that profession. lol

    Happy holidays, Joy!

  • I read ALL the JB books back when I was a tween. I didn’t even know about this! Appreciate your honesty and maybe I will see if my library has this.

  • shootingstarsmag

    Thanks for your honest thoughts! I’m sorry this didn’t really work for you. I’ve never actually read anything by Blume, I had to admit.


  • Meh : So sorry that this book was so disappointing Joy. It sounds pretty bad 🙁 But you are amazing for reading it. <3 And glad you didn't fully hate it, lol. It sounds like it could have been done really well, but wasn't, sigh. How mean. Thank you for sharing about it sweetie. <3

  • I grew up reading Judy Blume’s work, and when I found out about this, I knew it wasn’t going to be something I’d pick up. Was I excited that she was releasing a new book, or course! It just didn’t seem like something I would particularly like, and after reading your review it looks like I wasn’t wrong! Sorry it didn’t work out for you dear!

  • This one sounds very different to the Judy Blume novels I know. The ones I know only have one point of view and always have a plot, which makes me think that maybe I won’t like this one as much as the other ones I have managed to enjoy. So I don’t know about this one. I feel like the plot needs more direction.

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Sorry this one was a bummer for you….I have read a few of her novels growing up, but they were never my favorites. I am not sure this one is for me anyway….too many narrators in a story drive me nuts! Thanks for the honest review and I hope you have a great holiday! 🙂

  • Never read her

  • I’ve never read any of her books, but of course like you said, she’s well-known. I think if I ever do read one of her books, it’ll be an older more popular one.