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2. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
3. Sweet Valley High or Why My Twin Sister is a Lying Whore: The Series
Friends, I need your help.
I've decided to attempt another reading challenge, but the "classics" for 2013 will be classics from our youth.
I am approaching 40 and I need to remember the girl I used to be, the one who believed that by 40 she'd have financial security, a published book, and a tall, good looking husband. Where did that girl go? Where did her money go? Why will no one publish her book (which is fucking amazing, don't even kid yourself that it's not)?
So let's reread the books that entertained, shocked, and thrilled us in our youth. The bar is not very high on the shocking part. I was pretty titillated by the part in Gone With the Wind when Melanie and Ashley went into the bedroom together and SHUT THE DOOR. I can't even tell you what my 12-year-old mind did with that information.
Tell me your favorites from your middle school days and I'll add them to the list. They don't have to be young adult books. They can be adult books that you snuck out of the library. One of my personal favorites was my mother's copy of My Secret Garden. I might have found it when I was snooping through her bedroom. It was highly illuminating.
Um, sorry, Mom.
So what's a book that shocked you? Fueled your adolescent fantasies that popular boys eventually fall for the smart girl next door? Taught you something you didn't know? Changed the way you thought about the world? Convinced you that your twin sister was a sociopath? Made you believe that perfection was being blond, blue-eyed and a size 6? Seriously, screw you, Francine Pascal.
Share your suggestions with me in the comments below or on Facebook.