Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume
"I wonder if Judy Blume really knows how many girls' lives she affected. I wonder if she knows that at least one of her books made a grown woman finally feel like she'd been a normal girl all along. . . ."
Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from
Whether laughing to tears reading Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great or clamoring...more
It also brought me back to why I am a reader, what I find in the pages of a book and what I look for. I am a lit major - I spent a lot of years deconstructing and analyzing words and st...more
What I didn't like about this book is how poorly written most of these stories were. You could definitely tell what genre they wrote and not at the top of their genre either. Other than Me...more
As a big fan of Judy Blume, I was ecstatic when I came across this collection. I couldn't wait to revisit som...more
1)snooping in their medicine cabinets or
2)scanning the titles on their bookshelves.
While I've never done the first I do the second regularly. If a potential friend still has some of the best young adult fiction alongside the most dense non-fiction titles proudly and to balance them out, then it's a pretty safe bet we are going to be good friends. The V...more
Originally: This looks like fun, even though I don't think I learned anything about being a girl from Judy Blume. I never even read Forever...more
I enjoyed it, especially hearing other perspectives on the Blume books (I didn't pick up on the coming-of-age and embracing-her-sexuality of Deenie at all when I read it)
but it did get a bit long. VERY good if you read a few, then walked away for a few days, instead of gulping the book down.
I had high hopes for Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume as I loved Ms. Blume's books when I was a pre-teen, and I also enjoy reading others' impressions of shared interests. Yet, this book -- a collection of essays -- was a letdown for two reasons. First, nearly half of the entries were highly personal recollections that would have been more appropriate for the writers' private journals than for a public tribute to an author. (I often wondered if they had re...more
Judy Blume is one of the best known and most beloved authors of our time. Not only has she written countless books for children/pre-teens/teens, but she also has penned some wonderful adult novels as well. Her characters are lovable, and her story lines incredibly e...more
Everything I Needed to Know about Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume is a fantastic collection of essays from multitudes of writers, talking about Judy Blume and her novels and how they affected her life. Growing up I was a huge Judy Blume fan (although I have yet to read what she's probably most well known for,'Are you there God, it's me Margaret') and reading through these essays only brought back all the wonderful me...more
That being said, I'm not really sure what made me decide to read the collection of essays that is Everything I Needed to Know about Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume. Curiosity? Maybe. Boredom? Its po...more
When I felt that wave of nostalgia that hit me when I spotted Judy Blume's name scripted in girly letters in on the front cover, I knew this book was a must read. And, reading the essays written by the 20-to-40-something female authors in this book, I remembered just how much Judy Blume's own books were must reads for navigating the perpetual perplexities of puberty.
More than just a trip down memory lane, these essays depict how Judy's fictional stories comforted so many of us du...more
Judy Blume is one of the most beloved and well-known authors of our time. She has written countless stories for pre-teens, teens, and adults alike, and millions of readers have been charmed by her lovable characters and easy-to-relate-to storylines.
In EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING A GIRL I LEARNED FROM JUDY BLUME, twenty-four of the most popular female authors today, including Megan McCafferty, Jennifer O'Connell, Megan Crane, Cara Lockwood, an...more
Because of that theme, one of my favorite of her books, Tiger Eyes, barely was mentioned at all, presumably because this group of women didn't lose anyone tragically in their teen years (thank goodness!) and the Fudge books got the short shrift too, but mostly my favorites were co...more
- My parents are still married to each other.
- I didn't/don't have any conflicting feelings about religion.
- My mom took the time to explain to me that some day I would start menstruating and what that meant.
- Although I was "the new k...more
"No one inspired loyalty like JB, and whether you liked your boooks serious or humorous, you waited impatiently for the Troll Book Orders to arrive, to see what new Blume delights accompanied you...more
Even though I missed having my own personal nostalgia bath with this book, I thought that some of the essays were excellent and described their passion for the boo...more
This collection of essays, written by so-called “chick lit” authors, addresses the relevance of Judy’s stories in their own lives. Most of the essays focus on Deenie and Forever, which is disappointing. Blume wrote so many novels; the variety in essay topics could be great...more
Although she's written about a reality dating show, a prescient pastry chef, and a woman who inspired an 80's rock hit, Jennifer has not spent hours dissecting The Bachelor, she can barely follow the directions on the back of a Betty Crocker box, and she can only dream of a long-haired, guitar-thrashing rocker even giving her a second glance.