Friday, August 9, 2013

Cupid's Arrow: Favorite Books to Grow Up With

Happy Friday, everyone!  Jen here, answering the Cupid's Arrow submitted by Rachel.  You asked for a rhyming poem about my favorite YA book growing up, but you should have known it would be impossible to pick just one.  Here are THREE of my favorite books from childhood, for the price of one rather bad poem! :)

When I was ten
I fell in love with
The Secret Garden.
A spot of earth
to tend like Mary
seemed totally worth
the dirty hours
(if it meant Dicken
might hand me flowers).

At twelve, I swooned
for Just as Long as We’re Together
by the great Judy Blume.
I had two best friends,
and this book guided us
to middle school’s end.

Another Blume book
caught my eye around sixteen;
Forever didn’t look
filled with sex and scandal,
but my dog eared copy
helped many of us girls get a handle
on losing it, before my
mom hid the book somewhere—
I let it go with a sigh.

Too many books? No such thing.
I’ll read them all whenever I can
and let my heart take wing.
So now, dear friend, the time has come before we part
for you to share your tales;
which books live inside your heart?


  1. LOVE your crafty rhyming AND your picks.:)

    Well-done Jen!

    Happy Friday!

    1. Thanks, Lynne! It's been a long time since I wrote rhyming poetry (in fact, I think the last time was when I was a teen!) so this was more challenging than I thought. But oh so fun!

      Happy Friday to you, too!

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  3. Great choices!! Judy Blume is definitely on my author island!

  4. Ah, the Secret Garden. Love that one. Fabulous poem!!

  5. OMG. I remember getting in trouble for passing around a copy of FOREVER in 6th grade. Pretty sure we didn't understand half of it, but boy was it scandalous ;-)