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Beyond the BlockbustersThemes and Trends in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction$
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Rebekah Fitzsimmons and Casey Alane Wilson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496827135

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496827135.001.0001

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Reimagining Forever … The Marriage Plot in Recent Young Adult Literature

Reimagining Forever … The Marriage Plot in Recent Young Adult Literature

(p.156) 11 Reimagining Forever … The Marriage Plot in Recent Young Adult Literature
Beyond the Blockbusters

Sara K. Day

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter argues that many recent novels for adolescent readers embrace and (often problematically) appropriate the marriage plot in their representations of teen romance. In contrast to Judy Blume’s Forever, which advanced the possibility of first loves that do not last forever, novels such as Stephanie Perkins’s Anna and the First Kiss, Jenny Han’s Summer trilogy, and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl position their protagonists as making lifelong commitments at an early age. This chapter asserts that such representations participate in a larger postfeminist effort to center “conventional” marriage as the successful culmination of adolescent womanhood.

Keywords:   First Love, Marriage Plot, Postfeminism, Romance, Adolescent Womanhood

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