Judy Blume is having a moment. Coming up is a film adaptation of one of Blume’s most beloved books, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret as well as a documentary chronicling Blume’s life and writing titled Judy Blume Forever. If that wasn’t enough, a few more adaptations based on Superfudge, Forever, and Summer Sisters each have their own respective producers.
That’s a lot of Hollywood at once for someone who has spent decades writing, so what changed?
It could be several things from a growing number of censorship challenges around the country, of which Judy is extremely familiar with, to the simple answer of it’s time to give it a try. In the words of some of our librarians, her books were taboo as much as they were ground-breaking. They introduced reluctant readers to a world of possibilities. They were and continue to be honest portrayals of growing up and, for many, it was Blume’s work in which we learned about the things our parents wouldn’t tell us.
Below is a list of titles that are all about growing up for real.