I’m leaving the Harry Potter series out of contention here, while great books that I recommend to everyone they were not my favorite books when I was a young adult. Those quite clearly were written by Carolyn Keene, Judy Blume, and Louise Fitzhugh.
Who didn’t love Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries growing up? I devoured them like cookies, reading and rereading them time and time again. Which is undoubted the explanation for mystery novels being my go-to reading material ever since. What blows me away is that the books have been revised so many times since they were first written. I wonder if I’d even recognize the stories today?
Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret has got to be the quintessential work of how every young girls feels about puberty. I’ll confess, even I tried the “I must increase my bust” exercises in my younger days. Some of her books were considered so scandalous my parents forbad me from reading them, of course that just made me all the more determined to read them covertly. She dealt with issues that were going on in the outside world that my family and friends weren’t experiencing, like divorce. She wrote “contemporary” novels compared to the other two novelists.
Harriet had to be the coolest spy ever! She is the loner kid who doesn’t quite fit in with her classmates, or so it seems. It is a great coming of age story about taking responsibility for your actions and owning the good and the bad. It has had many variations over the years, but the original is still the best. Imagine, if only the lessons we learned as children we remembered and applied as adults .