Are you there, reader? It’s me. A Judy Blume fan whose life was changed after reading a host of her trailblazing books.
I picked up my first Judy Blume book, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, when I was 11 years old. And I can still recall how bizarre it felt to read about a character to whom I related so deeply. But it was so refreshing. Talking about boys? And bras? And periods? With Margaret, I felt for the first time that maybe I wasn't the only one awkwardly fumbling through my adolescent years. But when I read this book, I started to feel like I wasn't the only one awkwardly fumbling through my adolescent years. It is an understatement to say that Blume made generations of tweens feel seen for the first times in their lives.
Now, the beloved writer is getting her well-deserved flowers in Prime Video's upcoming documentary, Judy Blume Forever, which tells the writer's full story while reflecting on her legacy and battle with censorship. The 98-minute film also includes eye-opening interviews with celebrities and fellow authors who went through the familiar rite of passage by reading her books, including Lena Dunham, Molly Ringwald and Mary H.K. Choi and Jacqueline Woodson. But the most meaningful moments by far involve the adult fans who corresponded with Blume when they were children.