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EmilyMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 13-Jul-15 13:09:16

Is there a teen author more beloved than Judy Blume? With more than 75 million books sold in twenty-eight languages, Judy still receives thousands of letters every month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her. And this year Blume fans everywhere can rejoice once more - In the Unlikely Event, Judy’s first novel for adults in over fifteen years, is out now.

Did Judy's books guide you through your turbulent teen years? We want to know what your all-time favourite Judy Blume moment is.
Two lucky contributors will win a signed copy of In The Unlikely Event plus signed copies of 4 classic Judy Blume novels, while 2 runners up will also receive the book, as well as copies of Forever, her most loved novel.

You can also take a trip down memory lane, and read our article on the top five reasons why Judy is a Mumsnet heroine.

This competition is now closed. Winners will be contacted shortly

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Shakey1500 Mon 13-Jul-15 13:13:52

I read "Are you there God, it's me Margaret" sooooooooo many times during my teens. And this was back in the 1980's.

I, like Margaret, hadn't started my periods and was desperate. In fact I didn't start them till I was 17 (!) but clung onto the hope that it happened to Margaret, so it'll happen to me grin

Hygge Mon 13-Jul-15 13:55:06

I read Blubber when I had just changed schools and was being bullied by the class "Wendy".

Wendy was horrible to me, because I was the new girl and because she told me I had to bring her and her friends packets of sweets every day if I wanted them to talk to me, which I refused to do. If Wendy didn't like you then hardly anybody else wanted to be seen being nice to you either, in case she turned on them as well.

I felt really bad, but reading about Jill and the way things worked out for her in the end helped me through a horrible time and made me realise that the friends I wanted were the ones who didn't ignore me just because Wendy said they should.

I also really wanted gold boots but couldn't find any spray paint. grin

Hygge Mon 13-Jul-15 14:02:02

Thinking about it though, there was something in all the books.

I loved the Flying Train / Monorail picture in the Peter Hatcher and Fudge books, and the way they called the dog Turtle after the turtle who died. And the "eat it or wear it" scene. And the way Peter and Sheila didn't get along. And the way Fudge would tell on Peter because I did that to my older brother and the book that they already owned.

And poor Sheila, who just wanted that big fancy yellow carpet with the big red rose in the centre. And she tried to be so brave when she was really so scared, but she got there in the end.

And Deenie and Helen, fed up of being the pretty one and the brains. My brother and I were stereotyped into the loud one (him) and the shy one (me) and for years we thought we had to fit in with what was expected of us. And I really wanted Deenie's colour changing night gown.

And Margaret trying to work out who she was in the middle of all the worry about growing breasts and starting periods. I loved Margaret.

But Jill was always my favourite.

DrWhooves Mon 13-Jul-15 14:03:27

I really identified with Rachel in Here's to you Rachel Robinson. I was also quite an anxious child/teen and felt like I'd be letting people down by failing at anything. I also often felt pushed out of friendship groups like Rachel, friends always seemed to prefer each other to me. It all sounds a bit depressing but I got there in the end when I stopped trying so hard and relaxed enough to be myself but books, especially Judy's, were one of the things that really helped me get through a difficult few years.

scrappydappydoo Mon 13-Jul-15 14:06:10

I'm not sure I can pick one. Basically Judy blume got me through my teenage years. She was the first author that I read that talked about real issues in real families. My mother was terrible about talking about anything personal so to read that what I was going through was normal was a lifesaver.

GeorgiaOQueef Mon 13-Jul-15 14:08:27

This bit at the end of Forever:

Suddenly question four popped into my mind. "Have you thought about how this relationship will end?"

Lolly86 Mon 13-Jul-15 14:09:09

I loved Are you there God it's me Margaret and also Then Again Maybe I won't. I was a teen in the 90s/00s so some of it was a little out of date but I thought they were great also liked Forever smile

VintageTrouble Mon 13-Jul-15 16:45:52

I loved all the Judy Blume books, and recently read Summer Sisters as an adult and adored that as well.

The part in Forever when her gran says "you can't go back to holding hands". That really stuck with me as a teenager.

I remember reading Tiger Eyes in bed one Sunday with my mum hollering at me to come downstairs for Sunday dinner and not being able to put it down.

Great books

AwfulBeryl Mon 13-Jul-15 16:50:54

I loved the Fudge books too, I remember trying to hide under the covers late at night reading them, but my big deep belly laughs kept on alerting my parents to what I was doing grin

AwfulBeryl Mon 13-Jul-15 16:51:50

I haven't read any of the adult books, will have to put them on my ever growing to do list.

Theselittlelightsaremine Mon 13-Jul-15 16:56:39

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BumgrapesofWrath Mon 13-Jul-15 17:19:28

I came on to say "I must, I must, I must increase my bust" as well!

I devoured every Judy Blume book my local library had when I was a teenager!

NerrSnerr Mon 13-Jul-15 17:22:51

I remember feeling so gown up when I read Forever. There was a waiting list to get it out of the school library.

HookedOnHooking Mon 13-Jul-15 17:23:30

Starring Sally J Freedman as herself! It prompted me to read up on the second world war and the holocaust. I was clueless before I read it.
I loved Sally and her stories and the bits about films.

dahu Mon 13-Jul-15 17:24:41

Iggie's house

I have been trying to get it from Amazon for years but they've not been able to source it. Hopefully it will be coming back into print.

HookedOnHooking Mon 13-Jul-15 17:24:47

My other favourite (a few years later) was Tiger Eyes. Every time I see a Tigers eye stone I am rrminded of it.

HookedOnHooking Mon 13-Jul-15 17:25:49

And Forever!

I read the whole thing on a school trip to Alton Towers. (A very long coach journey!)


LapsedTwentysomething Mon 13-Jul-15 17:39:12

I can't believe no one's said 'Is it in yet? Are we doing it?' Forever, of course.

nannyt Mon 13-Jul-15 17:53:18

I've never read any of the books but love reading so would love the chance.

FeelingSmurfy Mon 13-Jul-15 17:58:48

I loved the fudge books so much that I bought new copies at 25 to re-read them!

I grew up on Judy Blume books and they were all firm favourites and still are

harrogate01 Mon 13-Jul-15 18:00:28

Ralph. Need I say more?!

Valski Mon 13-Jul-15 18:37:13

"I must, I must, increase my bust!" - is this sad that I still remember this at age 36? My big sister let me read her Judy Blume books - and we still say this to each other to remind us of old times at home. Judy"s books were a real eye opener at 11 as was Jilly Cooper Riders and Rivals at 13!

Before Jacqueline Wilson, Judy Blume was the author! Our only respite from the bleak 1980s for us pre teens and teens! These were the epitome of YA!

Valski xx

Rakoffscott Mon 13-Jul-15 18:42:33

I loved them all! But especially Deenie, and Just As Long As We're Together. A couple of years ago, DH was away and I was reading Sarah Waters 'The Little Stranger' which got really scary (!) I dug out my old copy of Just As Long As We're Together and read it so I could sleep! :D It was as good as I remembered it. I'd love to read her new book.

heronsfly Mon 13-Jul-15 18:47:59

I loved the 'Fudge' books, I have recently reread them all grin my favourite moment was when Peter was given a puppy after Fudge ate his turtle. felt so sorry for him, he deserved 'Turtle'.

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