Though a good book never goes out of style, a sprucing up of a cover is sometimes all it takes to breathe new life into an old classic. Such is the case for the incomparable teen novels by Judy Blume. Publisher Simon and Schuster have recently enlisted the help of Toronto based artist Debbie Ridpath Ohi to help give Blume classics such as, “Blubber” and “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” a slick new look, sure to catch the attention of tweens and teens everywhere. The latest creations ooze with vibrant elegance, much like the characters in her stories. Each cover is simplistic but bold, using bright pops of colour and playful objects to compliment the title; a loose font reminiscent of any adolescent diary entry.
It’s not easy these days to be a successful novel that doesn’t begin immediately with a massive action sequence or have a blockbuster film version in the works. This is where Blume’s works’ separate themselves and, dare I say, bloom. Her books are meant to be savoured, not devoured, and reflect the more realistic, ebb and flow-like movements of the teen experience. The covers themselves symbolize a similar thought, using bright colours over blank space to suggest the simultaneous ups and downs, highs and lows, and drama and boredom that make up the awkward teenage experience.
Though some of these books have made their debut as early as the 1970s, Blume’s work seems to transcend time by writing about topics every teen from every generation has dealt with. This literary face lift, due out later this month, is sure to bring Judy Blume novels to the attention of a new generation of young readers, and sure to keep the immortality of her words alive for years to come.
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P.S. Check out this excellent conversation between Judy Blume and Girl’s star Lena Dunham, touching on many topics including the importance adolescent reading has had on their own writing: