While I have many favourite books, there are very few that I’ve loved since I was young. So, today I’ll be writing about Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, which has been one of my favourite books since I was around 11 or 12 years old.
Tuck Everlasting is a book about a young girl named Winnie, who meets the Tucks, a family that hasn’t aged since they drank from a special spring. The woods where the spring is hidden in is on the property of Winnie’s family, and it becomes the problem around which the whole book centers after Winnie accidentally discovers it.
It’s a great story since it has an air of a fairy tale with the adventures Winnie has with the Tucks and a man in the yellow suit trying to buy the spring for his own profit. While the book is placed in the United States in the 1880s, the story seems like it’s in another world with all the hijinks and Wild West aspects of the book. So, if you’re a fan of fantasy books, this is a great read for you!
There’s also an element of romance between Winnie and the youngest son in the Tuck family, Jesse. It has all the qualities of a first love, which makes it very sweet. The romantic aspects of the book aren’t too overwhelming as well, which is a nice change from a lot of current fantasy books.
Most importantly, I love the book because it explores some of the big questions about the value of life and death. The Tucks and their experiences with immortality shed some light about why living forever isn’t everything, and the value of growing up or getting older. The conversations that Winnie and Angus Tuck have while rowing on a lake about the cycle of life are quite touching, which makes it one of my favourite parts of the book.
Overall, if you have a few hours to spare, I highly recommend grabbing a copy of Tuck Everlasting and giving it a read. It’s pretty short, so it makes for a great book to slip into a bag while you’re out and about. It’s also been made into a movie, but it’s not the greatest in my opinion, so I’d recommend sticking with the book.
Let me know down below in the comments what your favourite books are, or if you’ve ever read Tuck Everlasting!