Thanks to our pals at Jezebel for posting this Today interview with the great Judy Blume, who introduced more pre-teens and teens to sex with her novel Forever . . . than, well, I can't think of an appropriate joke there so never mind. But you get the idea.
Anyway, nice job pointing out how stupid it was to ask Blume if she's had to change her style to accommodate the more racy teen books of today. Um, ladies? Have you read Forever...? I would be hard pressed to think of a racier, more explicit (and let's face it, very real) book about teenage sex.
My own Forever story goes something like this. The book was published in 1975, amazingly enough, so by the time I got to high school it was all the rage. My parents, God bless them, never censored a single thing I read, so I had the book stuck in with all my other books. But then my snoopy little sister - seven years younger, mind you - gets ahold of it, and my dad catches her with it, but he's an English teacher and doesn't want to discourage his kids from reading anything. But then again he's not crazy about his eight-year-old reading this stuff at her age. So does he yell at her? No. He yells at ME for leaving it out where she can find it. I'm like, it's with my STUFF. Tell her to stay out of my STUFF. To no avail, of course, because little sisters the world over think YOUR stuff is their stuff. And so it goes.
I also remember reading that book at a time when I thought the characters (who were like, 17) were SO old. Imagine.