BFF*: Two Novels by Judy Blume--Just as Long as We're Together/Here's to You, Rachel Robinson (*Best Friends Forever)

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In this new bind-up, Judy Blume's two stories about three best friends will reach a new set of girls. Stephanie, Rachel and Alison know there will be plenty of family issues, broken hearts, and tough school assignments as they make their way through junior high. But with a good pair of friends, a girl can do anything.
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BFF*: Two Novels by Judy Blume--Just as Long as We're Together/Here's to You, Rachel Robinson (*Best Friends Forever)

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Overview

In this new bind-up, Judy Blume's two stories about three best friends will reach a new set of girls. Stephanie, Rachel and Alison know there will be plenty of family issues, broken hearts, and tough school assignments as they make their way through junior high. But with a good pair of friends, a girl can do anything.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
This book brings together reprinted editions of Blume's companion novels Just as Long as We're Together (1987) and Here's to You, Rachel Robinson (1993). In the first novel, Stephanie's friendship with Rachel grows into an threesome with new girl Alison, adopted from Vietnam, and Stephanie deals with the painful news of her parents' separation; in the second, Rachel is struggling with her own academic precociousness and perfectionism as her family faces the return after his expulsion from boarding school of her angry and abusive older brother. Blume remains the master of creating extremely real tween characters and recording the minutia of their day-to-day lives: how they decorate their rooms, how they cover their notebooks, how dark they like their toast, how they like to sign their names (with or without a middle initial). Compared with more recent YA fiction, the action here feels very slow—we are well over a hundred pages into Just as Long as We're Together before any real conflict begins to develop. But this same leisurely pacing contributes to the sense that we are being given a generous slice of real girls' actual lives. Here's to You, Rachel Robinson is the less successful of the two because the three-way friendship that made the first book so satisfying is eclipsed by Rachel's family problems and dominated by her truly unpleasant brother Charles. Still, here as well, Blume excels at showing her characters' small and believable moments of growth, as Rachel comes to realize that "life is full of surprises, and they're not necessarily all bad."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385734073
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/27/2007
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 440,252
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 1.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy  Blume
Judy Blume is known and loved by millions of readers for her funny, honest, always believable stories. She lives in New York City.

Biography

Before Judy Blume, there may have been a handful of books that spoke to issues teens could identify with; but very few were getting down to nitty-gritty stuff like menstruation, masturbation, parents divorcing, being half-Jewish, or deciding to have sex. Now, these were some issues that adolescents could dig into, and Blume’s ability to address them realistically and responsibly has made her one of the most popular – and most banned – authors for young adults.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, published in 1970, was Blume’s third book and the one that established her fan base. Drawing on some of the same things she faced as a sixth grader growing up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Blume created a sympathetic, first-person portrait of a girl whose family moves to the suburbs as she struggles with puberty and religion. In subsequent classics such as Then Again, Maybe I Won’t, Deenie, Blubber, and Tiger Eyes, Blume wrote about the pain of being different, falling in love, and figuring out one's identity. Usually written in a confessional/diary style, Blume’s books feel like letters from friends who just happen to be going through a very interesting version of the same tortures suffered by their audience.

Blume has also accumulated a great following among the 12-and-under set with her Fudge series, centering on the lives of preteen Peter Hatcher and his hilariously troublesome younger brother, Farley (a.k.a. Fudge). Blume’s books in this category are particularly adept at portraying the travails of siblings, making both sides sympathetic. Her 2002 entry, Double Fudge, takes a somewhat surreal turn, providing the Hatchers with a doppelganger of Fudge when they meet some distant relatives on a trip.

Blume has also had success writing for adults, again applying her ability to turn some of her own sensations into compelling stories. Wifey in 1978 was the raunchy chronicle of a bored suburban housewife’s infidelities, both real and imagined. She followed this up five years later with Smart Women, a novel about friendship between two divorced women living in Colorado; and 1998’s Summer Sisters, also about two female friends.

Blume has said she continually struggles with her writing, often sure that each book will be the last, that she’ll never get another idea. She keeps proving herself wrong with more than 20 books to her credit; hopefully she will continue to do so.

Good To Know

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was inspired by an article given to Blume by her babysitter about a toddler who swallowed a small pet turtle. She wrote a picture book introducing Fudge (based on her own then-toddler son), the turtle, and older brother Peter; but it was rejected. A few years later, E. P. Dutton editor Ann Durell suggested that Blume turn the story into a longer book about the Hatcher family. Blume did, and the Fudge legacy was born.

Blume is not an author without conflict about her station in life. She says on her web site that, as part of her "fantasy about having a regular job," she has a morning routine that involves getting fully dressed and starting at 9 a.m. She has also getting out of writing altogether."After I had written more than ten books I thought seriously about quitting," she writes. "I felt I couldn't take the loneliness anymore. I thought I would rather be anything but a writer. But I've finally come to appreciate the freedom of writing. I accept the fact that it's hard and solitary work."

Blume's book about divorce, It's Not the End of the World, proved ultimately to be closer to her own experience than she originally imagined. Her own marriage was in trouble at the time, but she couldn't quite face it. "In the hope that it would get better I dedicated this book to my husband," she writes in an essay. "But a few years later, we, too, divorced. It was hard on all of us, more painful than I could have imagined, but somehow we muddled through and it wasn't the end of any of our worlds, though on some days it might have felt like it."

Her most autobiographical book is Starring Sally J. Friedman as Herself, says Blume. "Sally is the kind of kid I was at ten," Blume says on her web site.

Blume keeps setting Fudge aside, readers keep bringing him back. The sequel Superfudge was written after tons of fans wrote in asking for more of Farley Hatcher; again more begging led to Fudge-a-Mania ten years later. Blume planned never to write about Fudge again, but grandson Elliott was a persistent pesterer (just like Fudge), and got his way with 2002's Double Fudge.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York's Upper East Side, Key West, and Martha's Vineyard
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 12, 1938
    2. Place of Birth:
      Elizabeth, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.S. in education, New York University, 1961
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2011

    love it!

    the one titled heres to you, rachel robinson espescially! so good and alot of people including myself can relate to it!

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    I luv judy blume

    This is a kinda book u read over and over again

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    Good, so far.

    Im not done reading the book yet but it is really good so far. I cant wait to finish it.

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2011

    BFF

    Loved it! It is a great story of three girls and reality

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    I love it!

    I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is one of my favorite books EVER!!!! And I have read alot of books! YOU MUST GET THIS BOOK! EVEN IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ANY JUDY BLUME BOOKS!
    P.S. I have read this book at least 3 times! That how much I like it!!! (If that matters if your wondering if you should buy this WONDERFUL book.....) ;]

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Didn't get it yet ... should I?

    I love "Here's to you, Rachel Robinson" but I have never read "Just as Long as We're Together". Judy Blume rocks but this book seems a little pricy. Should I buy it

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Awesome

    What the heck is heres to you rachel robinson? I thought i still had pages to go with steph! Btw best book eva! I would give it 1000 stars if i could!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Eew.......

    PLEASE READ THHIS BEFORE YOU PURCHASE THIS BOOK....
    This book has bad words
    Would be reccomended for teens only
    Thanks

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    READ THIS REVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!

    This was a great book, its about true friendship. Although it was great there were some mildly inapproriate parts. In just as long as were together they talk about sex, periods, and breasts but very mildly. In just as long as were together they swear using word like the f word, b word, and d word.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    the nook version!!!!!!!!

    The nook is one of the best reading devices ever it good to take on the go ... it can carry up to 2,000,000 books oh yeah the judy bloom book is veryy good... it teaches you a very great life lesson

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2011

    okay

    i thought this book was great at part 1 but at part 2 i lost interest and quit... i think it is a intresting read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Good

    Good book. However when stephanie talks about her weight problems it is kinda awkward..

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Great

    Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooove it!LoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    I Love Judy Blume!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My fave books she writes are the fudge books!



    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Bff

    Reallygreat book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Bad reviews,bad book

    I heard it had bad words in it if you you are 10 and younger dont read the book

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Awesome book

    It is an exelent book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    Bff

    How could she write a book like this it has the words asshole, bitch, sex, fuck, and more bad words that I do not want to say on this divice

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2010

    wow!!!

    i cant believe how good this sounds! think im going to buy it... that time in my life i have to b prepared 4

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    Good book!!!

    I like how two of the main charectars each get their own books and write from their point of veiw. A great story. I would love to see a story about the third bff come out sometime.

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