When I was growing up – before the internet got its greedy little hands on us – we had books and tv and movies and music. If we were lucky, we had parents who had healthy views on sex and welcomed the inevitable questions of burgeoning adolescents.
While I was one such fortunate kid (and am forever grateful for it), I’ll never forget the day I was in a bookstore and happened upon Judy Blume’s “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”. As a 12-year-old, it was the first time I saw myself accurately represented in any sort of media. Blume expressed the thoughts of a generation about changing bodies, friendships, attraction to others, religion, and familial relationships.
“Are You There…” was a HUGE deal. For countless kids, it was THE source of sex ed because it openly addressed what so many moms, dads, and health teachers were too prudish to say out loud. It would be so nice if parents and educators were more open to talking about sex, but not much has changed between the 1970s and today!
This year, a film version of her best-seller was released in theatres. Because this book had meant so much to me, I – like so many diehard fans – was feeling super protective. But I have to say, the film was incredibly charming. In fact, as corny as it may sound, it was just delightful. While preteens today have exposure to far more than someone my age could have ever imagined, the movie will surely entertain as a period piece. And there are some themes – like experiencing crushes and moving away from the only home you’ve ever known – that are pretty timeless.
I highly recommend this perfect little shot of nostalgia. It’s a beautiful testament to a time when life was WAY more simple. All hail Judy Blume for her courage to keep it real for her hundreds and thousands of fans around the world.
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