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Everything I Needed to Know about Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume
Whether laughing to tears reading "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great" or clamoring for ...more
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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
Most of the latter revolves around how Blume’s books helped fans through adolescence. From Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, which received the most credit, girls everywhere finally found someone who talked openly ...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
3.5 stars. I actually really enjoyed this. Definitely made me nostalgic to re-read all of those old Judy Blume books. This is a collection of essays from women who recall feeling influenced or helped by JB's books in some way as they were growing up (or as an adult). It's essentially an ode to Judy Blume. Anyone who grew up reading her books would enjoy this book.
I would have liked to see some more diversity among the writers, since this was very cis-g ...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.
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
Other than maybe it could have either been condensed to 15 vs about 25 writer's essays or that the 25 had shorter essay, especially after 1/2 way thru when a lot of then have simila ...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
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
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
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.