IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT by Judy BLUME
“In the Unlikely Event” is the latest highly anticipated book written by the US author Judy Blume published by Knopf in 2015. Acclaimed for his achievements in the field of young adult novels , Blume decided this year, at age 77, to pursue a new challenge with the publication of his first novel addressed to an adult audience. In “In the Unlikely Event” is based on true events happened during the author teenage years, when between December and February 1952, three planes crashed on her hometown, Elizabeth (New Jersey) killing 118 people.
Although it may seem incredible, the chain of events that is unleashed as a result of the crashes put the tragedy on the backgroundas Blume’s storytelling abilities completely outclassed them and focus our attention on the impact that these unlikely events have on the lives of the characters. Miriam (Miri) is a fifteen years old teenager living her adolescence, absorbed by love, friendship and the first disappointments. Only child of a single beautiful mother , Rusty, she lives with her grandmother and journalist uncle . Daughter of a father that can not be named at home , Miri secretly envy the life of her perfect best friend, Natalie, daughter of a dentist and of a rich and charming mother , with a closet full of cashmere sweaters. Miri is definitely the most important character of the novel , the pin around which the lives of the others , family, friends and strangers turns around , all linked by the same unlikely events
I never read anything written by Blume until a few weeks ago, when intrigued by the hype around this book I decided to read it. I first of all came across the cover, which even if extremely simple impressed me and prompted me to read the book. In its simplicity, it is a touching book. Life stories of ordinary people facing extraordinary and unlikely events in a totally different way but each with a spirit somehow unsettling. At times funny , at times gloomy and incredibly sad, it is definitely a novel well-balanced, a hymn to life that continues. If I had to find a flaw I would say that certainly I felt the writer past experience as a novelist for YA , mostly in Miri’schapters .I have to admit that sometimes I skipped a few pages of juvenile digression that instead I would rather be used to expand the story of people who I think are most interesting , like Rusty. Also the end for me is keep for to long giving no necessary informations to the reader.
To sum up, this is a book that I would recommend as a light reading in between better books. Is well written, the prose is neither sought nor complex, but rather very direct and fresh. It got a strong positive message but it does not left nothing more that this.
Avoid this book if you have to fly !