Did Judy Blume write the story, Forever..., because it is from her own life?

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Apparently, none of the content of Judy Blume's controversial teen novel, Forever, was based on any of her own experiences. It appears to be a true work of fiction. However, the author is on the record concerning how the book originated. According to Ms. Blume, her daughter, Randy, requested a tale about two "nice kids who have sex without either of them having to die." In earlier books her daughter had read, the girl who had sex "was always punished." Blume wanted to publish a story where true love existed in a beautiful way, without lies, detachment, abortions, irresponsibility and "ruined lives."

"I wanted to present another kind of story--one in which two seniors in high school fall in love, decide together to have sex, and act responsibly."

Unsurprisingly, Forever (1975) became one of Blume's most popular novels and, like many others, found its way on to the banned books list in many school libraries because of the frank content.

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