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Blume could have just written about an average girl getting scoliosis, but she threw in another issue some teens will relate to - parents who try to shape their kids into what they want them to be. Mothers who separate children by talents. "Deenie's the beauty, Helen's the brain." In fact, Blume based the inspiration off of meeting a 14 year old girl who wore a brace and was adjusting, but her mother was the one on tears and coping poorly. I don't think there is any Judy Blume book that I don't like. She is just that good at her craft. While I did like this one it was not my favourite one when I first read it. I think it had more to do with not really relating to the character as much although I sympathized with her. After surviving a suicide attempt, a fragile teen isn't sure she can endure without cutting herself.

Deenie – Judy Blume on the Web Deenie – Judy Blume on the Web

I really enjoyed the author's notes at the end and Judy Blume explaining how she came about writing the story. She explained that she feels this story is more about "parental expectations." For sure that was another "issue" played out throughout the book especially between Deenie, her sister, Helen and her mother.Judy is a longtime advocate of intellectual freedom. Finding herself at the center of an organized book banning campaign in the 1980's she began to reach out to other writers, as well as teachers and librarians, who were under fire. Since then, she has worked tirelessly with the National Coalition Against Censorship to protect the freedom to read. She is the editor of Places I Never Meant To Be, Original Stories by Censored Writers.

Deenie by Judy Blume | Goodreads Deenie by Judy Blume | Goodreads

This book is ground breaking. I know that it’s been banned many, many times and continues to be banned to this day. There are 4 mentions of masturbation of just a line or two at a time for most of them and one that is a little longer in the context of sex education class. I wish I’d read this when I was the right age. It would’ve cleared a lot of things up. I’m glad it exists. Blume left that unhappy marriage, married again, divorced again, and finally met and married Cooper.An important topic is that of parents exhorting their children to take up professions that the parents feel that are suited for them, whether or not the children are amenable to the idea. Thelma justifies her insistence that Deenie pursue a modeling career and that Helen become a doctor or lawyer by saying that she just "wanted better" for her children. Rachel McAdams as Barbara Simon and Abby Ryder Fortson as Margaret Simon in Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Dana Hawley/Lionsgate

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