She was a visionary, tackling modern-day, hype-filled topics like bullying and divorce. Now, Judy Blume’s books receive the timeless look they deserve.
Publisher gives ’70s classics a modern sway
On April 29, Simon & Schuster will re-release several of Blume’s international bestsellers with attractive, modern covers. Sure, the days of disco were fun, but classics like Tiger Eyes and Blubber seem stuck in the past — despite their very contemporary topics.
In honor of the re-release, we’ve collected some of Blume’s top titles, soon to be available anew to fan girls (and boys) everywhere. Are you there, Judy? Your fans are waiting.
It begins with a mean note, passed across class, but explodes into the horrific taunting of the curvy girl in school, Linda. According to Blume, this novel was based on her own daughter’s experience as she watched another student being bullied. The novel serves to encourage all of us to stop bullying and instead act with acceptance and love.
Deenie was the pretty girl in school. Everyone thought she should be a model. Then, bad news: Deenie has scoliosis and has to wear a back brace. If she’s not the pretty girl in school, what is she? Ah, the age-old question: Would you still love me if I wasn’t beautiful? Even as adults, women still worry over this. (Blume mentions masturbation in this one, which is why it is widely banned in schools.)
Davey’s father is murdered, and her mother moves her to a foreign land — New Mexico — where a local boy, Wolf, befriends her. Despite the support of those around her, Davey realizes the healing process is her own, but will she ever heal from the loss of her father? Gah, such an important question! This one has been banned, too, probably because of its brutally honest treatment of death and loss.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
Margaret was raised by a Christian mother and Jewish father, so her religious affiliation is “confused.” She seeks a single God to love her, but she also has to deal with being a teenage girl. Margaret gets her first bra and her first period; she also battles jealousy and self-confidence. In 2011, Time named this one of the top 100 fiction books since 1923.
Written during the sexual revolution of the 1970s, this novel is for an older audience than Blume’s usual readership. Two teens, Katherine and Michael, fall in love, have sex, and think it’ll last forever — but first love is a lesson to be learned. There are plenty of vague sexual references here, but the message is important, especially today when teens no longer want to wait for marriage to have sex. Forever… is Blume’s most challenging book.