It's no coincidence that there are multiples written by Judy Blume. These books made us feel less alone, less weird and more empowered. Leave anything off?
  1. Blubber - Judy Blume
    At first blush, this book is about bullying. Except we didn't call it that back then. We called it "find something wrong with that person and humiliate them for it." And we all participated in it. Until we didn't. This book is about the times you stand up for what's right. And in elementary school in the 1980's (and that's what I know, dammit), that made you an outcast.
  2. Are You There God, It's Me Margaret - Judy Blume
    This book answered the questions your mother ignored and you couldn't ascertain through late night cable. Religion, puberty, periods, bra shopping;(not masturbation; that was Deenie.) it was all there. From cover to cover you related to Margaret as she searched for her spiritual voice as well as peace in being a 12 year old girl. You guys didn't make it easy, you know?
  3. Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery
    This was my jam at the bus stop. And during class and lunch and before bed...Anne Shirley was a badass. She stood up to shitty adults and shittier peers. She always spoke her mind and DGAF. No one was more authentic.
  4. The Pistachio Prescription - Paula Danziger
    The best thing about older siblings is getting their hand-me-downs of 70's relics. Paula Danziger wrote the middle school feminist better than anyone. The protagonist was often the mirror image of every teen girl. Cassie Stephens taught us to keep it real, surround yourself with friends who inspire you and dear lord; stay away from the tweezers.
  5. Rats Saw God - Rob Thomas
    Rob Thomas (not that Rob Thomas) is a special writer for the 90's gal. You may know him through Veronica Mars and iZombie but to me he was a voice who guided me through high school and beyond. Rats Saw God is through the eyes of a high school boy; sarcastic, brilliant and insecure. It was an awesome experience to read about heartbreak in this perspective. It was right up there with Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus.
  6. High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
    I was in college when I first read this. I had just had my heart broken, "adult style." Nick Hornby let you inside the mind and heart of a man on the edge of a relationship. There were times reading his words hurt me. I didn't want to think of my recent ex feeling/thinking/acting the same as Rob Fleming. But after I got through it, I appreciated the insight. And I saw a little of Rob Fleming in myself.
  7. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - Rebecca Wells
    If your mother gives you this book, you won't make it through without crying. You know she is trying to tell you something with these chapters. We all get to a place like this with our moms. Normally around 20/21 and it's enough to put your ass in therapy. If your mom didn't give you this and you just picked it up off the shelf, you're probably fine to proceed and have never considered professional help. Cheers!
  8. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
    Who hasn't thought about writing a fake diary to frame your cheating sum'bitchen significant other for your murder? Hello? Is this thing on?