February 14, 2010

Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume

The title says it all. There aren’t too many women out here that do not agree. At least one of her books made a girl feel normal. You may have even thought that Judy Blume was writing about you through at least one of her characters.

Over twenty of the most popular female authors pay tribute to Judy Blume by offering their personal experiences. This collection of 24 essays will bring up memories of how Judy Blume had an effect on your childhood growing up. The common books discussed were Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, Forever, Deenie, and my personal favorite “Just As Long As We’re Together.”

I remember wishing for a bigger bust-size just like Margaret. “I must, I must, I must increase my bust” was a daily chant. And I remember the time in the 4th grade when my best friend felt jealous because I befriended someone else. Our confrontation was almost identical to Stephanie and Rachel’s.

“You can have more than one best friend at a time.”
“No, you can’t.”
“Why not?”
“Because best means best.”

In the end, we came to a compromise. We’re still true friends to this very day.

Judy Blume had a story for everything a girl could possibly go through: religion, parents divorcing, friendships, relationships, sexual desires, and more. Her coming-of-age stories helped us through those times. Even now as an adult, I think back to the lessons she taught me. I agree 110% that everything I needed to know about being a girl I learned from Judy Blume.

Rating: ♥♥♥

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