Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Just As Long As We're Together

I read Just As Long As We’re Together monthly when I was growing up. From the number of comments my friends make about Jeremy Dragon and the chartreuse coat and the Benjamin Moore poster, I know I am not the only one.

This is my favorite Judy Blume novel; the note-perfect story of the friendship between Stephanie, Rachel, and Alison. Each girl has her own issues: Stephanie’s parents are getting divorced and she copes with it by overeating. Rachel is a perfectionist who doesn’t fit in with her peers and is jealous of Stephanie’s friendship with Alison, the adopted daughter of celebrities. Blume is able to completely embody each character and make the reader empathize with their problems. So many times, my twelve year old self wished I was playing Spit with Alison or hanging out with Sadie Wishnik. Every drama of being thirteen is covered in this novel, reminding older readers how awful it can sometimes be.

I need to re-read this novel every year or so, under a blanket, eating Ritz crackers and peanut butter. It feels good to recapture the twelve year old me.

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