In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Judy Blume returns to the shelves of adult literature with In the Unlikely Event, a ficticious take on the three plane crashes that happened within two months in her childhood home of Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Miri Ammerman is a teenage girl who lives with her mother, Rusty, in one story of the home they share with Rusty’s mother, Irene, and Rusty’s brother, Henry. When a plane falls out of the sky as Rusty and her mother make their way home from the movies, their previously quiet town turns upside down and their lives are changed forever.
Soon the town’s secrets seep out at every available crack. Since the incident was a one-in-a-million chance to happen, a second plane falling shortly after creates a sort of electricity around the residents. As all of the people in Miri’s life are impacted, Miri begins to see the cracks in her loved ones and the disappointment washes over her as she navigates uneasily through life. Miri begins to recognize that she has something to say, something that she needs to contribute to society. And then the third plane falls out of the sky.
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Who would read this: Grown-up Judy Blume fans, people interested in fictional accounts of real events, literature fans.
Time to Read: This took about 7 hours… It was a lot of deep, heavy reading. But definitely worth it.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Funny Story: I was almost in a plane that went down, but I chickened out of the trip at the last minute.
Final thoughts: I have a feeling this book will stay with me for a long time.