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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reprint edition (October 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425206556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425206553
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Barkham Reviews Real people experiencing real crises...Ms. Blume has an emollient style which, while realistic on detail, also exudes good feeling... --Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Judy Blume is the author of three adult novels, including Wifey, Smart Women, and the #1 bestseller Summer Sisters. Her classic novels for young readers include Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, the Fudge books (from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to Double Fudge) and Forever. More than 75 million copies of her books are in print. In 2004, she was awarded the National Book Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

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Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, NJ, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Superfudge; Blubber; Just As Long As We're Together; and Forever. She has also written the best-selling novels Wifey; Smart Women; and, Summer Sisters. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.
She receives thousands of letters each month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and
concerns with her.
Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year that American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming directly from her youngest readers.
She serves on the boards of the Author's Guild, currently as Vice President; the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, where she sponsors an award for contemporary fiction; and the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom. In Spring 2002, Judy was a spokesperson for the Cheerios "A Book for Every Child" literacy campaign which benefited Reading is Fundamental, America's largest literacy organization. She is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation.
Judy's first book in the Fudge series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, was published in 1972. She is thrilled to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with the publication of Double Fudge. Just as generations of fans have loved the Fudge books, generations of Judy's family have inspired them. Thirty years ago, Fudge was inspired by her son, Larry, and now Double Fudge was written at the request of her grandson, Elliot.
Judy lives on islands up and down the East Coast with her husband George Cooper. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

Customer Reviews

In fact, little eleven-year-old Margaret was smarter than the women in Smart Women.
Obi-Wan Kinobe
Enjoy this one, it is so easy to read, yet it's not "light reading" because it makes you think.
Elizabeth Hendry
I found myself just finishing it because I had already invested time in the beginning.
Jessica Lux

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Hendry VINE VOICE on August 17, 2000
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Reading Smart Women is like catching up with an old friend you haven't seen in a while--Judy Blume. If you, like me grew up reading Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret and Forever, and loved those books, then you will love Smart Women. Judy Blume's writing style is so fabulous, so comfortable. There is no one else writing like her today. This is a terrific book about contemporary women and the crises they face after divorce, and, as with all other Judy Blume books, she does not disappoint. Enjoy this one, it is so easy to read, yet it's not "light reading" because it makes you think.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 1999
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I loved this book just as much as Summer Sisters, which I finished in one day. Smart Women took me three days, but it was well worth it. The style is much different than Summer Sisters, but just as good. I hope Blume continues to write for older readers as well as younger ones!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 1998
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Smart Women is perhaps Judy Blume's most accomplished work. Indeed, the text is almost a synthesis of familiar themes and character types from Blume's earlier work. The novel deals with children coping with divorced parents, teenagers searching for self-identity, adults who are on a similar quest, and, as always, a search for love and self validation. As Blume portrays, love and life are never easy, but with patience, perserverance, and time, new beginnings can always be made. The novel almost serves as a text that tells what may have happened to Blume's other characters had we been able to see them develop outside their own texts. However, the novel is more than a mere rehashing of familiar themes. Blume effectively uses themes that she knows best and incorperates them in the novel. Blume is undoubtedly the best Children's and YA novelist this century, but her "adult" novels are where Blume is able to shine. We can only hope that Blume doesn't take as long as a hiatus working on her next adult novel as she did between Smart Women and Summer Sisters. Why Smart Women was ever out of print is a mystery. Read the novel and enjoy. The characters stick under your skin long after the last page is turned.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Woodruff on September 30, 1999
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I grew up on Blume books like "Superfudge" and "Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing". As a woman, I continue to grow when I read her adult books. She says what people always think but are too afraid to say. This gives you the opportunity to see what might happen if you did say exactly how you felt. (Gives you a little incentive, too!)
Thumbs up on her approach of showing each key character's point of view on the same situations. It really helps you think about how other people percieve things differently than you do.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2000
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I recently finished "Smart Women", and I thought that it was a good book. However, I couldn't finish it as quickly as I did "Summer Sisters" and "Wifey"; the writing just didn't move as quickly. The book deals with the lives of two divorced acquaintances, named B.B. and Margo, who have relocated to Colorado after their divorces. Both women are trying to get on with their romantic lives, while raising their children. When B.B.'s ex-husband, Andrew, moves to town, and becomes interested in Margo, both women's lives become further intertwined. All the characters must now accept the new changes in their lives. I read the 1983 hardcover version of this book. Judy Blume's "Forever..." will be my next read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Barber on April 3, 2001
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In this book Judy Blume deals with the stresses of divorced families. Her story of single moms dealing with ex husbands, new boy friends, and raising kids is a true and realistic depiction of what divorced families are like. As somebody whose parents just went through a separation, I appreciated reading about all the emotions that come from having divorced parents. I felt like I could relate to the book and it made me feel better about my reaction to my parents separating. I liked how she wrote from all the different view points of all the characters. Although it was confusing at times, it did help see how both parents and children dealt with situations. These situations included getting along with your kids, dating, and remarrying. There were also other situations that the book dealt with that really kept the reader interested. I would recommend this book to divorced moms and teenagers of divorced parents.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1998
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This book is very emotionally satisfying. Margo is a very likable person, and you'll find yourself rooting for her and Andrew to find real happiness together -- despite interference from their children and ex-spouses. An excellent book for kids (older kids) to better understand their parents' divorce, as well as for parents to better understand their kids' perception of "the new person in Mom's life." The children are portrayed with sympathy and compassion.
Judy Blume is a master at exposing TRUE human emotions. No other writer even comes close.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Hinton VINE VOICE on October 12, 2006
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The title of this book itself is a misnomer because the women in this story are anything but smart. I am willing to judge things based on the context of when they were written and I will allow that in 1983 this might have been an honest and true portrayal of women's lives, but in 1983 Knots Landing and Danielle Steel were popular too, which says a lot. Judy Blume has a knack for writing women in a way that is relatable and this book does nothing but diminish that talent in my opinion.

The story is narrated by two middle-aged, divorced women in Boulder, Colorado and their efforts to raise their children, live their lives, and find happiness again. One of the women, B.B. is an attractive realtor who is the envy of the other women in the town. She has a body to die for, a thriving business, a beautiful home, and a lovely daughter. From the outside looking in she leads the perfect life. In fact, the only person who can see any fault with her life is B.B. herself. And when her ex-husband moves from Miami to Boulder to be closer to their daughter, her glass house comes crashing down around her.

The other narrator is Margo. Margo is average in just about every way that you can be average. She has two children, a decent house, makes a fine living, and attends Jazzercize weekly. But Margo isn't B.B. as her teenage daughter is quick to lament. When B.B.'s husband moves in next door, it becomes all too easy for Margo to fall into bed and in love with him.

The story is also narrated alternately by B.B. and Margo's daughters. Blume has always been great at giving a voice to young women and Smart Women is no exception.
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