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message 1: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Judy Blume's birthday is coming up (Feb. 12th). Did you grow up reading her work? Pros and cons? Groundbreaking? After-school specialish? What do you think?


message 2: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca White (rebecca_white) | 1028 comments Well, all kids' books are after-school specialish, when you think about it,and that's appropriate to the age. Yes, I read her, and I was a little puritain who liked them but disapproved of them! Now I've lost my puritain streak, so I think they're great - again, it's that honesty about things most people think are off-limits.


message 3: by Barb (new)

Barb I wasn't a recreational reader when I was growing up, so I've never read her.


message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I read lots of Judy Blume around fourth or fifth grade. I think she demystified a lot of stuff, which was cool, though some of it was already archaic by the time I was reading it, thank goodness. Pads with belts! Quelle horreur!
The younger stuff, like the Fudge books, I think I read earlier, and loved, loved loved. What a great character.


message 5: by Mona (new)

Mona Garg (k1721m) | 350 comments I read a lot of Blume books in grade school. Back then, her Wifey and Forever were being passed around and were considered scandalous.


message 6: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) I read lots of Judy Blume when I was a kid. Recently I decided to take a refresher course and re-read Deenie and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. They were just okay for me as a grown up. I think that my all time favorite was Otherwise Known as Sheila The Great. I must have read that a couple dozen times in my tween years.


message 7: by Mona (new)

Mona Garg (k1721m) | 350 comments She wrote an adult one, Summer Sisters, which I own but have not read yet. Somehow this one seems to be a thrift store staple.


message 8: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca White (rebecca_white) | 1028 comments Wifey was for adults too. I am old enough to remember the buzz.


message 9: by Jammies (new)

Jammies I read most of the age-appropriate stuff in my teens and enjoyed it, but none of it stuck with me as particularly memorable and I've never been tempted to re-read any of her books.


message 10: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Yay.


message 11: by Helena (new)

Helena | 1058 comments Yay.

I loved Judy Blume growing up. I did read her books aimed at younger readers, but I don’t really remember them. I remember the ones aimed at pubescent young ladies, and they were de-mistifying for me! I went to Catholic school, and we really didn’t cover a lot of that ‘stuff’. I do recall Tiger Eyes, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Are You There God? It's Me, MargaretWifey as being so scandalous, and there was much whispering about them at sleepovers around grades 7 & 8.

I have read Summer Sisters a couple of times, and while it wasn’t great I thought it was a nice read, reminiscent of times spent with your BFF’s as kids when school was out.


message 12: by Aynge (new)

Aynge (ayngemac) | 1202 comments I remember reading Are You There God, but I can't remember what it was about. I read Flowers For Algernon around the same time, and I can vividly remember that book.


Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) I loved her books as a kid. They don't translate as well now.


message 14: by Booksdingle (new)

Booksdingle | 21 comments I read Are you there God its me Margaret, Letters To Judy, Tiger Eyes and Forever at around aged 14, also Summer Sisters recently - whilst we loved them at aged 14 and Forever did the rounds in school many times over looking back I don't think they were that great - they were quite graphic too - Forever especially. Re-read parts of it recently and was thinking that it was a bit over the top to be honest - Summer Sisters was just an extension of those type of books, a decent enough read but as a 35 year old I think I would have enjoyed it more aged about 18-20.


message 15: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24073 comments Mod
Somewhere between yay and nay. When you are 10-11 it can definitely be informative to read about bras and periods, and the occasional titillation of a Forever... adds spice when it can be snuck in between Sunday School and church. Or, one can be struck senseless with fear at the thought of being infected by scoliosis (Deenie). I didn't read any of her "children's" books.


message 16: by Carol (new)

Carol | 1679 comments Yay at 10/11. Are you there, God? Deenie, Blubber. Never read the Fudge books. No desire to reread, and didn't enjoy Summer Sisters, disappointing.


message 17: by Janice (new)

Janice (jamasc) I didn't read her books, but my son did. I remember him saying that he really liked her books. She may even be the influence for him to develop a taste for reading.


message 18: by Brittomart (new)

Brittomart I know that I read Superfudge...but I don't remember it.


message 19: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Who wrote Tiger Eyes?


message 20: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Creech | 100 comments I read a lot of Judy Blume growing up and really enjoyed it. I think her attempts at adult reads are lacking. I've tried to interest my "tween" sister-in-law in Judy Blume (and Beverly Cleary), but she is way more in to the Goosebumps books and fantasy-type books. I think maybe 30 years ago was just a different time and Judy Blume had more relevancy to that generation than she does to the current one.


message 21: by Arminius (new)

Arminius | 1037 comments My 11 year old daughter loved Judy Blume books.


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