Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Judy Blume

It's no secret to anyone who knows me well that I was a huge nerd as a child. I LOVED reading - like loved loved it. I kinda love it as an adult, but my attention span is just spent so I have to really be into a book in order to commit the time to reading the whole thing. I probably have 20 books on my shelf right now that I haven't even read. But my memories of my childhood can best be explained through my love for the Baby-sitters Club, Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume.

Judy Blume! Are you kidding me! Everything I know about being a woman I learned from that woman. What a brilliant lady.

Judy's book Tiger Eyes is being made into a movie. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I am so excited. So of course, this got me obsessive compulsive about Judy, so I started googling and wiki-ing everything about her. When I got to the list of her books, I knew I needed to get my hands on them to give them another read through.

So off to the library I went. I checked out a few Blume books. It's SO FUNNY how different these books are to read as an adult.

Deenie: Deenie is the story of a young girl whose mother is kinda a bitch. She wants Deenie to be a model, and she wants Deenie's sister to be a doctor. She is like a crazy stage mom, way before Toddlers and Tiaras made these bitches famous. Deenie is a nice enough girl, and she has these two best friends who probably won't be her friends for much longer. One of them is bigger than everyone and an athlete, and the other is just kinda a bitch and will probably get pregnant in high school. Deenie finds out early in the book that she has scoliosis and has to wear a huge brace for four years. (This book is how I found out about that disease, and I spent about a year of my childhood convinced I had it.) She and her mother act like this is the end of the world. I understand it would suck, but hey crazy, at least it's not cancer. I cannot get on board with the way her mother acts throughout this entire book. Deenie and her sister for sure quit speaking to her as soon as they were able to move out, and hopefully their dad divorces the twit.

Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret: Poor Margaret. Her mom is Catholic and her dad is Jewish, so they decided to raise her with no religion. To most kids this wouldn't be a big deal, but Margaret likes to talk to God so she goes to all these churches trying to figure out what religion she wants to be and to "find" God. She just moved to a new neighborhood and is immediately thrown into a club with three other girls. First of all, lucky her - she moves to a new town and doesn't have to deal with the stress of making friends, because her neighbor girl Nancy just immediately includes her. This makes Nancy sound nice, but she's kinda a bitch. She  lies all the time and tries to be more grown up than she really is. She even goes as far as to lie to Margaret about when she starts her period so that Margaret feels like a baby. She also tells Margaret that "reputations are contagious" so she better not hang out with the well endowed girl in school. What a bitch.

Just as Long as We're Together: This is the story of Steph, who has a best friend Rachel, who is a perfect 13 year old girl. She is beautiful, smart, talented and she gets her period. Steph is kinda a mess, not very smart, and has a binge eating problem which leads to the boys at school calling her El Chunko. A new girl moves to town, Alison, and the three of them become best friends. But then Steph's parents decide to separate (they had been living apart for like six months...not exactly sure how this came as a shocker) and Rachael's mom tells her before Steph wants her friends to know. So Rachel is just sitting and stewing, waiting for Rachel to tell her. Meanwhile, Allison and Steph get closer, so Rachel just keeps getting more pissed. Then they fight and then they make up. The end. The best part of this book? When Rachel tells the other two that if boys have hairy legs it means they are sexually experienced.

Tiger Eyes: This book was the most "mature" of the books I checked out from the library. Tiger (Davey) is 15 and her father is MURDERED. I can't imagine. Her, her brother and her mother take turns having meltdowns which leads them to New Mexico to stay with an aunt/uncle until they can get their shit together. The aunt and uncle are rich, but completely controlling. Davey spends a lot of time hiking and meets Wolf. It's romantic, although nothing sexual happens. They need each other. I am excited to see how they put this on the big screen.

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