Let me first start off by saying, I’m working backwards for the most part. Filling in the gaps by making extensive lists that begin in my youth and continue to present day. Lists for books, movies, music and videogames. Another where I try and recall all my favorite places and another virtual piece of paper for projects.
The funny thing is seeing where my tastes were influenced and when I stick with default mode.
What does this have to do with Judy Blume? Well, my reading level got stuck at Young Adult Fiction, still, to this day! And Judy is a prime example, capturing that voice and those moments.
Her books are not just about our changing selves, they share a vocabulary to understand shifts in general. All while keeping it simple, grounded and personal.
That shit* holds up.
*OMG I cussed