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It taught us what we needed to know about the joys of womanhood--and oh my goodness...sanitary belts!
We binged on the suburban Connecticut BFFs and babysitters, speeding through every new book in about two hours flat. (Good thing there were hundreds in the series.) Why Scholastic updated the cover art we’ll never understand--we’d still rock the jumpsuit Claudia wore on the original cover of Kristy’s Great Idea.
This soapy series about so-cool high-school twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield was our chief inspiration for buying Sun-In.
We loved these mystical, fantastical adventures that always made us wonder if we could get to a hidden dimension from our bedroom. Today we’d probably pick up on more of the religious and mythology-based themes.
An old guy with a beard on the cover of a YA novel? It worked. This controversial Newbery Medal winner about a kid stuck in a conformist world was the perfect read for our prepubescent soul in existential crisis.
This Jill Ross Klevin book is almost impossible to find now, but in the early ’80s, it was our jam, thanks to the strong female characters and heartwarming friendship story.
We wished we grew up on a bucolic island among nice, no-nonsense folks. And a trip to PEI is still on our grown-up bucket list.
While knee-deep in Judy Blume’s new novel for grown-ups, we couldn’t help but long for that old, dog-eared copy of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. You know, the one that’s probably gathering dust somewhere in your mother’s basement.
Here, nine of our favorite YA books that so exemplified our awkward, middle-school years.
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