08-02-2007 03:42 PM
08-06-2007 10:27 AM
Judy's book helped me learn to deal with bullying the only way I think you can, with a sense of humor (although I still fantasize about taking those girls out with a cool karate move, a la Jackie Chan).
Weirdly, almost all of the girls who bullied me have come up to me at book signings with their own daughters and pretended like we were friends back in the day. I guess because their own daughters are huge PRINCESS DIARIES fans.
I guess the sweetest revenge is the fact that their kids are reading my books, which are all about how mean their moms were!
So I owe Judy a big THANK YOU for showing me that the best revenge is NOT karate chopping a bully in the neck, but growing up and writing a funny book about her for her kid to read. MWA HA HA HA!!!!!
08-06-2007 11:59 AM
And I thought, "Judy Blume and I share a friend!"
Talk about reverting to adolescence.
Learn more about Everything I Needed to Know about Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume.
08-07-2007 05:52 PM
08-07-2007 06:05 PM
I'm Karen and it has long been a dream of mine to become a published author. I believe this stems from being such an avid reader in my childhood. I grew up reading and adoring the collected works of Judy Blume. I loved the Superfudge books, Blubber, and, of course, Are You There God, It's Me Margaret. I basically read everything I could get my hands, wearing down book bindings and dogearing the pages until they were so tattered they literally fell apart.
I only heard about this Everything I Know book this morning and as soon as I get off work I'll be rushing over to my local B&N to get a copy.
Thank you all for taking the time to write it, and for being here with us to talk about it!
"Oooh, look, a Blibbering Humdinger!" -- Luna Lovegood
08-07-2007 06:12 PM - edited 08-07-2007 06:15 PM
I read so many Judy Blume stories when I was a girl. I had a couple of boxed sets that included the Fudge books, plus some others.
My most memorable books are: Blubber; Tiger Eyes; Superfudge (which was read to us by our 2nd grade teacher - I couldn't wait for each installment); Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; Are You There, God?; Then Again, Maybe I Won't; and Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great.
I cannot thank Ms. Blume enough for her writing. Are You There, God? was such a great book for me during an awkward time (and it made me grateful that we no longer needed those darn belt thing-a-majigs).
My name is Becky (aka lola), and I'm a freelance business writer. I would love to be able to write such relevant, poignant adolescent novels. Thank you, Judy Blume.
Message Edited by lolagoetz on 08-07-2007 06:15 PM
08-07-2007 10:38 PM
I have 3 pre-teen girls in my life. 2 nieces and one sister-in-law and I will be giving each of them a box set of Judy's books for Christmas.
I've recommened EVERYTHING to all of my book loving coworkers. It's not only great if you grew up on and love Judy's books, but it's a great compilation of essays of growing up. I related to every essay in the book in some way. It really makes you remember how tough it was during those years of our life.
Thanks to all the contributing authors who are participating on this board. I'm also a little shell-shocked that we are in your presence.
I hope I actually post this correctly because this is my first time doing this. Sorry in advance if this goes to the wrong place.
08-08-2007 10:51 PM
08-09-2007 02:48 PM
Spring Breakup, March 2009.
The Alpha Bet, September 2009.
08-09-2007 05:36 PM
I found about about these boards through Meg Cabot's blog, and I'm so exicited to be here. I've been reading Judy Blume books since I was a kid. I saw parts myself in many of the characters, especially Sally, Peter, Sheila, Margaret and Stephanie. As the years have gone by, I've made more and more "discoveries." I somehow managed to miss reading "Tiger Eyes" until I was 22, and it absolutely floored me. (My dad had died when I was 16, and I still hadn't really dealt with it.) A few years later I picked up "Letters to Judy..." and found it a compelling read. I also regularly go back and re-read my old favorites. My favorite is "Just as Long as We're Together."
I'm now into writing books myself. I'm also a nanny. Last year I read "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" to my three charges -- ages 6, 7, and 8. I thought they might be too young, but no -- they loved it. After we finished "Tales," they wanted more, so I read "Superfudge" as well. We didn't have time to read any more, but I think they'll be checking the others out at the library. They definitely became fans.
08-11-2007 12:04 PM
08-11-2007 12:06 PM
08-13-2007 04:10 PM
I love this anthology, which can be shortened into the cumbersome acronym EILABAGILFJB.
I wrote about sneaking peeks at Forever, which pretty much seems to have been a rite of passage for all women of a certain age. Judy Blume was my first favorite author and made me want to be a writer, and I cannot be more proud to be a part of this amazing collection.
And I'm glad to have finally joined the conversation!
08-14-2007 10:43 AM
I'm Cara Lockwood and glad to be a part of "Everything I Learned About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume."
Sorry about my late appearance. I have no real excuse other than chasing around my eight-month-old who has just learned to crawl and has an obsession with electrical outlets and sharp objects. Keeping her from the emergency room is now a full time job, reminding me a little bit about babysitting my little brother all those years ago. I suppose that turned out to be good training for motherhood!
If you'd like to read more about me or my other novels, check out my website, www.caralockwood.com.
08-21-2007 01:42 AM
I think one of my favorite JB books was "Deenie." I read it the week I was going into surgery for scoliosis the summer before 8th grade. I was "stuck" in a back brace the entire 8th grade year...not that being a middle school girl wasn't awkward enough..
I've grown up reading books, and even at 23, I re-read the books that helped me grow and read new books that make me feel young again.
When I'm not reading...I am writing...and when I am not writing...I am working :-D
08-29-2007 07:38 PM
This is ZenFlower (Nequa *smile*), joining you from North Carolina. I began wholeheartedly loving and growing into a adolescent diehard Judy Blume fan through this first set of five books my little sis received for a bday gift ages ago. Being the extremely voracious reader I am, of course I read them all, and a couple before she ever did. Haha!
It's Not The End of the World
Then Again, Maybe I Won't
I wanna read them all, as my sis enjoyed Fudge and Superfudge. I love all those about being a teen and understanding the world surrounding you through your own soul's lens. Each time I pick one of the aforementioned up to re-read, I feel 12 to 14 all over again. *siiiigh* I simply love that feeling, since I feel I never left that age.
I'm new to Barnes & Noble Book Clubs, and so far, its a truly beautiful thing.
Later for now.