"I wonder if Judy Blume really knows how many girls' lives she affected.
I wonder if she knows that at least one of her books made a grown woman finally feel like she'd been a normal girl all along..."
--from Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume
Whether laughing to tears reading Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
or clamoring for more unmistakable "me too!" moments in Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
, girls all over the world have been touched by Judy Blume's poignant coming-of-age stories. Now, in this anthology of essays, twenty-four notable female authors write straight from the heart about the unforgettable novels that left an indelible mark on their childhoods and still influence them today. After growing up from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
into Smart Women
, these writers pay tribute, through their reflections and most cherished memories, to one of the most beloved authors of all time.