If you are a lady who went through puberty, there is a good chance you’re familiar with Judy Blume. Blume’s young adult novels were among the first to openly discuss masturbation, menstruation, sex, divorce, bullying, and all the times you were convinced your friends’ boobs were better than yours. Books like Deenie and Forever… conveniently served as replacements for all those mother-daughter conversations about birds and bees and feminine hygiene products that you were allegedly supposed to be having but that you and your mother avoided like Michael Bolton songs on the radio.
As we’ve grown older and our bodies are no longer founts of “Traumarama” columns, the only ways we can obtain advice is through demeaning listicles (“7 Sassy Ostriches Who Are Trying to Lean In!”) and tough love Thought Catalog articles. Even though we have finally gotten a handle on that pesky hormone thing, basic functioning can still be difficult and confusing. If anything, we need Judy Blume now more than ever. Check out our list of millennial-focused sequels to some of Blume’s most iconic novels below.
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