If you are a reader, and happen to be female, you’ve probably read this book at some point in your childhood. I think I read it around age ten, possibly even sooner. I remember it making the rounds on the playground. Not that the subject matter was taboo or anything, but it was a hot title and money wasn’t easy to come by and the library had like two copies in circulation. That being said, many of us shared the copies we had, folding down pages for discussion later.
Let’s face it though, reading it was better than learning the stuff from our parents.
The other day, I got to thinking about whether The Girl is old enough to read it. I remember reading it as a kid and saying to myself… aha… now I get it. Blume takes all of that tween angst and somehow makes sense of it. But what was good for us back in the day, is not necessarily right for our kids today. It is a book that I absolutely want her to read, but is ten old enough?
I think I will probably re-read it, just to be sure. Plus, I heard that it has been updated for today’s tween but if you remember the book at all, do you think ten is old enough?