Why Judy Blume's novels are still the go-to coming of age narratives today
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Five decades after her first novel was published, Judy Blume’s reign as queen of taboo teen topics and coming of age narratives is far from over – and there are so many reasons why the now 81-year-old’s legacy is here to stay. Blume has never been one to shy away from tackling honest topics in her novels for young teens, writing about everything from families and friendship to puberty, sex, and death. Blume faced criticism and backlash at the time of publishing for her frank and open writing on such off-limits topics, especially as the first writer of her time to really do so. But, today on her 81st birthday, it is time to take a moment to appreciate everything that Blume did for young people in her writing heyday, and has continued to do right through to the 21st century.
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