Judy Blume: The Young Adult Author That Got You Through Puberty

By | May 10, 2019

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Novelist Judy Blume poses for a portrait on September 29, 2006 in New York City, New York. Source: (Photo by Karjean Levine, Getty Images)

If you were an adolescent or teen in the 1970s, 1980s or 1990s, you probably owe thanks to American author, Judy Blume, for helping you navigate the treacherous waters of puberty. Many of the novels she wrote dealt with topics that were difficult for teens to talk about. That won her both praise and objections. In fact, some of her books, that were written for teens and young adults, were banned. Let’s look at the life and career of Judy Blume, whose books helped many of her readers get through their adolescent years. 

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A young Judy Blume. Source: (nytimes.com)

Judy Blume, the early years

Born on February 12, 1938, Judy Sussman grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey. After she graduated from high school, she enrolled in New York University to major in education. She earned her degree in 1960, a few months after she married John Blume. Together, they had two children.