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. – Goodreads
It has been years since I read Tuck Everlasting and recently when I was asked to be part of the blog tour to celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary release, I knew it was an excellent chance to re-read this childhood classic.
Tuck Everlasting is the story of Winnie, a ten-year old only child, who feels her parents are stifling her at the age of ten. Then we have the Tucks, who haven’t aged in almost ninety years. While it is easy to think these two have nothing in common, their paths cross and quickly they have everything in common. What Winnie doesn’t know, is that her family owns a spring, and if you drink from that spring, you never age, like the Tucks haven’t.
Once Winnie becomes fascinated by the spring, the Tuck’s realize they have no choice but to kidnap Winnie. Winnie, who for the first time in her life, sees that she is having an adventure. That being said, this is a quiet novel. This isn’t an action packed novel, it’s soft, and it makes you think about what makes a family, who is a villain, even who is a hero and of course, if you could live forever. Winnie is ten years old and finding out that life isn’t this little bubble she has lived in forever. Of course if you ask five different people, you’ll give five different ideas about what the theme of this novel could be and I enjoy that about this book. This tiny, soft book, packs a punch that sticks with people.