I devoured her Fudge series, delighting in the hijinks of Peter Hatcher, Fudge, and the great Sheila-the-Great. As an only child, I loved stories of siblings, even when they were getting into trouble.
I can still remember reading Just as Long as We're Together and Here's To You, Rachel Robinson and finding them extremely timely. When I was in the fourth grade, our family moved to a new area and that meant a new school. I can still remember having a conversation with a girl, who I ended up becoming very good friends with, asking if we were best friends. I was somewhat horrified because I already had a best friend so that position was already filled. It didn't occur to me that you could have more than one. Looking back, I can only smile because as I have learned over the years, as Rachel Robinson and friends did, yes, you can indeed have two best friend.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is still to this day one of the most profound books I've ever read. And yes, as with many girls, I totally tried to make my boobs bigger while chanting "I must, I must, I must increase my bust!"
I somehow missed reading Deenie as a teenager. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?? I mean, I have scoliosis! I had to wear a back brace for a year in high school! How did I miss that the one and only Judy Blume had written a book about this very subject?! I remedied this last year and all I can say is, man, 15 year old me would have really appreciated that book.
But, I digress.
I love this book; I couldn't put it down. I laughed and I cried. It made me think and feel. This is a story about real people, and as I read it, they were real to me. After I had read the last page, I sighed and hugged the book to me. You know that feeling you have when you haven't seen an old friend in a long time? That excitement at reconnecting after so many years apart? That right there. That's how I'm feeling right now. It was so good to see you again Judy.
*Many thanks to Penguin Random House for the ARC!