Friday, June 15, 2007

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



Jennifer O'Connell has compiled a fascinating collection of essays written by twenty-two women writers who discuss their personal views of Judy Blume's works, and how they were affected by the books. The authors are recognizable names in the Young Adult and Chick Lit areas, such as Meg Cabot, Stephanie Lessing, Julie Kenner, and local Arizona author Beth Kendrick. Each author was influenced by Blume, an author who captured adolescent life, pushing the envelope and questioning adolescence. Today, many of these authors do the same. They write fiction about teenage girls struggling with the choices before them.

There are poignant moments in this collection as girls deal with bullying, moving, puberty and first love. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Deenie and Forever all seem to have struck a chord. But, it seems as if each one of Blume's books reached out to someone, and changed them forever. Somehow, each author rose above their Judy Blume experiences to become the women, and authors, they are today.

Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume edited by Jennifer O'Connell. Pocket Books, ©2007. ISBN 978-1416531043 (hardcover), 275p.

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