Wednesday, June 06, 2007

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

Is that not the best (truest) title for a book of essays...ever?

I've been excited about this book ever since I first heard about it--and it's got a fabulous run-down of authors included, such as Meg Cabot, Julie Kenner, Beth Kendrick, and my good friend (and author of The Secret Society Girl series) Diana Peterfreund.

I can't wait to read their takes on Ms. Blume and her books. I'm so excited about this book, that I'm going to give away a copy to someone who answers my question in the comments.

As for me, I remember passing around Forever during the lunch period at the Catholic grade school I went to (shhhh!). I still can't meet anyone named Ralph without giggling.

I also was particularly fond of Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great.

What about you? What were your favorite Blume books? Answer the question for a chance to win!


Cory said...

I think my favorite is Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
It's been so long since I've read any Judy Blume. I might have to pick some up on a library run sometime soon.

And, just because I find it amusing, my husband and I were just talking about Judy Blume the other night. His favorite is Superfudge.

Kristina Cook said...

My very favorite Blume book is a lesser-known one called STARRING SALLY J. FRIEDMAN AS HERSELF (set mostly in Post WWII Miami Beach). Interestingly enough, I bought a new copy a couple months ago, so that my daughters can read it one day, and I ended up re-reading it myself just for fun. Now I can see why I liked it to much--in an author's note, Blume says that the heroine Sally is semi-autobiographical, so a 'future author.' She reminded me SO much of myself, always making up stories in my head, often starring myself! Anyway, I highly recommend it!

Ilana said...

I've read them all, but there are two that stand out. I vividly remember reading "Are you there God? It's me, Margaret." That and "Forever." I don't even remember where we got it, but it was read under the covers with a flashlight, that much I can recall.

Stacy S said...

I have to say that I have never read any of her books.

Sally MacKenzie said...

LOL, stacy s--I have to say that I'm too old. I was probably in college--I hope no older!!--when the books came out. And since I have only sons...(shrug)...I remain in ignorance.

Kiki said...

Coming from a different culture, I never got the chance to read her growing up!
After all the buzz about this book, I had to raid my library's Judy Blume backlist to see what it's all about.
Yay excitement!

Diana Peterfreund said...

Kristina... Starring Sally J is my favorite too, and the one I wrote about for the collection.

CrystalG said...

I have never read any of her books.

Kristina Cook said...

Really, Diana?! Okay, now I HAVE to read the collection!

Eve Silver said...

Uh-oh! I must admit I haven't read Blume. But at least I'm not the only one...I'll have to go check her out.

Kailana said...

I have to say that I missed out on Judy Blume when I was a kid, and it was only as an adult when I read "Summer Sisters" that I feel I can add Blume to my list of read authors. I have never gone back and read other books by her, though, just never had the time!

Zeek said...

I think I've read them all, but what sticks with me is Are You There God, Its Me Margaret & Deenie.

The first because it's the first I read by her and Deenie because A) She had to wear a brace to correct her spine while still being a teenager- and one with a crush and B) The fact that she "touched" her special spot! (I remember thinking that there was no way Blume was talking about what I thought she must be and figured it must be her elbow or something! LMAO!)

Ah God bless Judy Blume!

Zeek said...

"The first because it's the first I read by her ..."

I forgot to add I was in 5th grade and that at the young age I learned what book buzz was all about- and that some books are considered "too wrong for children to read".

tracy macnish said...


Ralph. I remember you well, your shape, your texture, your foriegn and yet compelling differences to everything I knew. You stoked my imagination. You fired my budding desire. Oh, Ralph, I longed for you to be my own pet - dare I admit that?

You were my fantasy when I all had was supposition. You were the ultimate temptation when I could do nothing but despair of ever growing breasts and feared even the penetration of a tampon.

Alas, Ralph, reality set in, as it always does. Innocence was lost. Knowledge replaced idealism. I wore a bra (because I needed one!). I used Playtex. I dated Older Guys, and they all wanted the same things you wanted, only without the mystery and poetry and urgency of your longing.

Do not mistake me, my darling. The reality is wonderful. But I shall never forget our time together, the reread passages where I was both repelled and galvanized.

It was a love affair, starcrossed, I am afraid, for you were destined to seduce millions of other girls just like me.

At the end, though, my love, I can only thank you for one thing: Your honesty. Ralph. The name is emblazoned on my memory. Thank you.

Every Girl

tetewa said...

I have never read any of her books either.

Colleen Gleason said...

Hah hah, Every Girl!!