Judy Blume at BookCon 2015

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The highlight of the 2015 BookCon for me was – without a doubt – a conversation between Jennifer Weiner and Judy Blume. For me, and I’m sure many others in the audience, just hearing Judy Blume’s new conjured up all kinds of feelings: feelings of nostalgia, of hours spent reading during the summer; feelings of relief, of realizing I was not the only one going through that crazy adventure that is puberty. When I was in fourth grade, my mom gave me a copy of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret which I read very quickly, spurred on by curiosity and the connection I felt to Margaret and her friends. Talking about Margaret with my mom is a memory I’m thankful to have, and I do think this gift helped make the whole growing-up thing a little less terrifying.

(My cousin and I also went around chanting “We must, we…

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