From the back cover:
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could live forever? In this modern classic, author Natalie Babbitt explores the unforeseen complications that arise when the Tuck family unwittingly drinks from a spring of eternal life! Then ten-year-old Winnie Foster discovers them and their secret, as does a mysterious stranger. When the stranger threatens them all with his greed, Winnie Foster discovers much more—that friendship and love are what really count.
YA buff that I am, I have never before read Tuck Everlasting, which I have often seen hailed as one of the classics of the genre, nor seen any movie production of same, so I went into it completely unspoiled. For the first two-thirds of the book, it seemed merely a quaint, sort of homespun story with a little bit of a fantastic spin. Winnie is a really cute character, and the Tucks are nothing if not lovable. It was pleasant, and too short to be boring, but I was starting to wonder exactly what all of the fuss was about.
After a twist in the plot, it became more interesting, and even in the space of such a short time, Winnie’s character growth did not seem rushed. I really liked the conclusion to chapter 25, as well, and that ending alone would’ve raised my opinion of the book as a whole.
And then the epilogue.
I don’t know why it affected me so much, but I was all Sobby McSnifflypants about it. Finally the plight of the Tucks seemed to hit home at that point, I guess. Plus the one other thing that you’ll just have to read it yourself to discover.