Today's Entertainment Weekly Popwatch blog asks readers to share your formative Judy Blume experiences.
The first Judy Blume book I ever read was Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and then I think it was Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. after that. I might not have understood every word of the books, but I do know that Margaret helped me be fearless about bras and periods and all that other fun girl stuff, and Peter Hatcher, just like me, was the more conservative, fact-oriented older sibling of, um, a free spirit. Really, where would YA lit be today without Judy Blume?