Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt was published in 1975. It followed Winifred Foster as she meets the Tucks, a family made up of four eccentric people, and tries to protect their big secret.

I read Tuck Everlasting for the first time in fifth grade and I remember really liking it, so when I saw it in the library, I thought I’d give it a try and see if I still like it now that I’m in high school.

I’ve had a lot of luck with books that I’ve read a long time ago, Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief, Harry Potter and the┬áSorcerer’s Stone, and The Hunger Games were all read around the time I read Tuck Everlasting, and I really like all of those. With me, Tuck Everlasting didn’t have the same luck as those.

My first problem was with the protagonist, Winnie. I usually love child characters in books because they’re adorable. Whether they’re incredibly sassy or just really sweet, I always find myself getting attached to child characters like I’m an older sibling. I didn’t experience that with Winnie. She just kind of made me annoyed. It really felt like the author wanted to make her a na├»ve child, but also wanted to make her smart, so she kept on switching between the two which made Winnie’s characterization seem really wishy-washy.

I didn’t really get attached to the Tucks either, especially when there was a romance hinted at between Winnie (who is 11) and Jesse (who looks seventeen but really is one hundred). Miles was probably my favorite only because I thought he had a really interesting back story.

The climax was boring, too, though I was listening to the audiobook, and the narrator made it sound more interesting than it really was. The only thing I really liked was the ending which fit the entire message of the story: immortality is not as good as it sounds.