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When I was younger I loved to read Judy Blume’s books. I can remember spending an entire summer reading her hilarious and heartwarming books. Among my favorites are Freckle Juice, Superfudge, Blubber, and Deenie.

I always loved how Blume’s novel seemed so real. It was as if Blume transported herself back in time to her young teenage years to write these books. At times I was confident that Blume had to be a teenager herself to write these books since she captures the life of preteens so precisely. The picture she paints of the trails and hardships that a young teenage girl faces are so vivid and realistic. Her books do not give a candy-coated version of life as a teenage girl; Blume bluntly throws out in her books issues that we all faced as young girls such as body image, menstruation, and first kiss. Due to the fact that, Blume so openly discusses such issues in her books along with other taboo subjects such as sex, masturbation, alcohol abuse, and drugs, her books have been pulled from libraries and schools for their “inappropriate” and “explicit” content. Blume has been blamed for delving into the reality of what means to be a young teenage girl; the reality that many others would like to throw in the closet and not discuss.

A graduate from NYU, Blume started her career in 1966 when she signed up for a writing class with children’s author Jane Lee Wyndam. When she published her first book The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo, her then husband an attorney thought it was cute but Blume did not take her writing lightly. Ever the women’s rights activist, Blume wanted to be active in the women’s movement and the sexual revolution. After divorcing her first husband, Blume became more than active in the women’s movement and published Forever, a story about a girl losing her virginity. Protestors have consistently attempted and usually failed to have Bloome’s books banned. The “offensive” list includes: Blubber because it “undermines authority since the word ‘bitch’ is used in connection with a teacher” and ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME MARGARET due to the fact that it “is built around just two themes sex and anti-Christian behavior,” according to the American Library Association’s Banned Books Resource Guide (2010 edition).  Thankfully, Blume has many fans and supporters that love and adore her books that they can relate to. Blume’s books help young girls cope with new and difficult experiences that they are going through. I am looking forward to seeing Blume’s first feature-film adaption Tiger Eyes, whose books have given so many young girls company in times of life changes and hardships.