Books, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit: Book Review

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”

Goodreads Synopsis: Doomed to – or blessed with – eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

Commentary: I really enjoy reading children’s literature and picked Tuck Everlasting because I’ve always wanted to read the book. The book is a really quick read. The protagonist Winnie was very likable, I thought it was very cute how she came to love the Tuck family and I respected what she did for them. The man in the yellow suit, I knew that he seemed suspicious, I just had a feeling about him. I thought he made a great villain to the story. He planned on selling the water and using the Tuck family as his test subjects in order to make him rich. I wasn’t expecting him to die quickly! But, if he had lived, he would have exposed the secret to the world and make life impossible for the Tuck family. I did like how Winnie developed on crush on Jesse despite that huge age gap. I would have liked to have seen them get together, but alas, that did not happen. The ending was very bittersweet for me. Jesse gave Winnie a bottle containing water from the spring and he told her to drink it at seventeen. She didn’t, instead she gave it to a toad. Why would you give the water to the toad Winnie, why? In the epilogue, it was revealed that she had lived a long life and had her own family. I felt sorry for Jesse. I was rooting for them, oh well. Some people either love the ending or hate it, but I personally liked the ending. Yes, I know that Jesse and Winnie did not end up together, but think about it, living forever is not a blessing, it’s more of a curse. If a person were to be immortal, there would be endless possibilities of what that person can achieve, but I believe that at some point it will get tiring and meaningless. That’s just what I believe. It was saddening to know that the family did not use their immortality to the fullest. They could have achieved many things, but instead they chose to hid. I felt that the Tuck family did not properly manage their immortality well.  For example, Miles could have gone to search for his children or the boys could have gone back to school. Just saying. I will watch the movie adaptation of Tuck Everlasting as well. Did you know that Tuck Everlasting was adapted into a musical?! That really surprised me! Lastly, I kept seeing trailers for this upcoming romantic movie called “The Age of Adaline” staring Blake Lively, it kinda reminds me of this book since the movie will be dealing with an immortal protagonist.

Quotes: “Everything’s a wheel, turning and turning, never stopping. The frogs is part of it, and the bugs, and the fish, and the wood thrush, too. And people. But never the same ones. Always coming in new, always growing and changing, and always moving on. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. That’s the way it is.”

“You can’t have living without dying. So you can’t call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road.

For some, time passes slowly. An hour can seem like an eternity. For others, there was never enough. For Jesse Tuck, it didn’t exist.”

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5)

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