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While our preteen years were filled with wonderful events, they couldn’t quite make up for all the scary ones. First kisses, secret clubs, and boy-band concerts were often overshadowed by puberty, bullies, and FOMO. At the time, it seemed like one of the only people who understood that was author Judy Blume. Somewhere in between after-school play dates and choosing a college, we were supposed to figure out how to, well, grow up. And it's safe to say that without her guidance, we probably would be a lot more messed up.
The only thing that may have made those earlier years easier would have been seeing Blume’s relatable characters deal with prepubescence on the big screen. Luckily for the next generation, they can. This July, the first film based on a book written by the fairy godmother of adolescence, Tiger Eyes, will hit theaters nationwide. It might be a little late for us, but for the preteens of the future, Hollywood is doing them a solid. Plus, a dose of Blume is much cheaper than therapy.
Here are five Judy Blume books we’d like to see turned into movies in order to help us finally understand why adolescence was so brutal.