#11: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970), by Judy Blume

*Real life got in the way of continuing this list for a few months, but I expect to resume a regular reading/publishing schedule. On to Judy Blume!*

“How can I stop worrying when I don’t know if I’m going to turn out normal?”

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume

Sometimes when I’m at the bookstore and I wander into the Young Adult section, I have to marvel at the marketing bonanza it’s become. At Barnes & Noble, they have begun to split off a segment of the YA area for something called “Teen Paranormal Romance.”

The Triumph of the Adolescent Book Section must be a recent phenomenon; I don’t remember anything of the kind when I was a kid, and I’m not THAT old. I just remember a part of the library where they threw all the books that were either too advanced for children but too juvenile for adults. It seems that the YA genre — not counting the assembly line of dystopian/apocalyptic stories presently glutting the market — is now able to communicate in specific demographic ways that the age-appropriate books of my youth never did.

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