Review & Tour: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

January 9, 2015 4 stars, Blog Tour, Book Review 14 ★★★★

Review & Tour: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie BabbittTuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
on August 21, 2007
Genres: Middle Grade & Childrens
Pages: 139
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

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.

Tuck Everlasting was magical. I don’t normally read children’s or middle-grade books. I mean, I gave The Lightning Thief 3 stars even with the praises of 5 all over the place. It’s because I’m over that age of wonder. I can no longer connect to it like I used to and so, I always feel like my rating never does those books justice. For this particular novel, my childhood self and my adult self would rate it high…for it’s simplicity and depth. It is truly a remarkable story despite it’s flaws.

I wish that I had read it when I was younger. I would have appreciated it so much more, but this is my first time reading and it still managed to capture me.

Winnie is a darling little girl at the tender age of 10. Wanting nothing more in the world then to get out of her little confined life. She comes across a boy in the woods of her home. One who, along with his family, can never die. They’re all immortal.

The problem is trying to keep the spring, which granted them this gift/curse, a secret. Of course, some dude finds out and trouble stirs, and while they do overcome this issue…the ending still manages to be heartbreaking. Not for Winnie, but for Jesse. The irony is not missed when they save the frog in the end and really it’s just a beautiful story.

I didn’t want to spoil too much in case you haven’t read it (since I didn’t), but I overlooked the instalove, the age difference (the fact that Jesse, a 104 year old would even be remotely interested in a 10 year old), and the lack of context in which how they came to continue their lives with no troubles beforehand. Because this is a children’s story. And children don’t care about that stuff.



What if you could live forever?

First off, if I was given a choice to be immortal, I would decline. In my personal opinion, I view it more as a curse than anything. In the book, they use a wheel as a metaphor for how life works and why this circle can’t be interrupted (by the way the figurative language in this is superb, another reason for the high rating even as an adult). Anyway, that’s how I feel. I can’t imagine a life without growing old, appreciating the time I have left with my family, and aging as they do.

But if I could live forever, since Tabitha would like us to all answer this…I would travel. I would learn as much as I possibly could. Languages, culture, music, I would learn them all. I would experience as much as I possibly could (you know…after I spend the first 50 years playing every game, reading every book, and watching every show known to man). IMAGINE HOW MUCH READING YOU COULD GET DONE!


You can order the 40th anniversary edition Here. And follow along with the tour via twitter at #Tuck40th

14 Responses to “Review & Tour: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt”

  1. Litha Nelle

    Yeah, this book is awesome when read at a young age- I was in fourth grade when we read it for class. Needless to say, there were a few of us crying by the end of the book. I think it may have inspired my need to read paranormal and fantasy books. I haven’t reread it, and probably won’t because the precious intermediate school memories of the book are probably better.
    Great adult-viewpoint review!
    ~Litha Nelle

    • Kat

      Yeah, sometimes I feel that way about older reads. I read one last year that I haven’t read since high school and my opinion did a 180, it was terrible :/

  2. Shawna

    This is one of those books I always meant to read and never did.

    Normally, because of my age, I would never dive into it at this point for the same reasons the reviewer wouldn’t: past the age of wonder, the 104 year old chillin’ with a 10 year old, etc., but my daughter might like this story in a couple of years. We may have to read it together. I should buy it now so we will have it on hand.

    • Kat

      Exactly, those factors annoyed me a bit too, but there’s so much underlying context that I could appreciate the effort of trying to get adults to enjoy it as well.

    • Kat

      I think I want to re-watch the film out of curiosity 😀 I wonder if it’s as bittersweet.

  3. Valerie

    THIS IS AWESOME. I’ve only watched the movie (where Winnie was 17 instead of 10), and I really liked the idea of it. It is really heartbreaking for Jesse though. I remember when I watched this (I was a kid), I wondered why Winnie didn’t choose immortality, but now I know why that wouldn’t be such a wise choice.

    Awesome review Kat! I really want to read the book now since it’s so short!
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    • Kat

      I’d rather her be older honestly. More believable for me but then again maybe it would stray away from being a children’s book. I would love to know a different version of this story. I think we all think differently depending on the age we are reading this one 🙂