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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (1970)

by Judy Blume

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Blume, Judy
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret
1970. 162 pp. $5.98 pb. Random House. B007I5QMK2. Grades 4-7.

Tags: adolescent, young adult, fiction, preteen, religion, puberty, friendships, relationships, growing up, maturity, classic

This novel, originally published in 1970, proves that some pains of growing up never change. Margaret is an only child who recently moved from New York City to a small town in New Jersey. She starts sixth grade in a new school, and quickly makes friends when she joins the secret Four PTS (Pre Teen Sensations) Club. The girls promise to wear bras, make a list of boys they like, and share all information about their periods. Margaret, insecure in her physically unchanged body, prays to God for breast growth and her period. Intertwined within the plot is also Margaret’s personal search for God, as she has been raised without religion. Of course, Margaret is eventually rewarded with her period, and her last prayer to God ends with “Thanks an awful lot.” Blume’s writing style is light-hearted and engaging, and the main character is realistically and age-appropriately portrayed. Though some of the slang and pop references are dated, the themes and conflicts are still relevant to teens even all these years later. This is a classic preteen novel that no library should ever be without. ( )
  ginawilliams | Oct 23, 2014 |
I read a Withdrawn library copy of this when I was about thirteen and didn't understand what was going on half the time? Why did you need a belt for your sanitary... business? And what in god's name was a training bra? And who in god's name was excited about their periods? I am not equipped to judge what this book was in its context, but out of context, it was sweet, but largely bland. ( )
  humblewomble | Oct 19, 2014 |
In my opinion, this is a great book for young girls (4th-5th grade) who will be going into middle school, but at the same time may not be a book for everyone. The first reason why I like this book is because it is very realistic. The book has a realistic take on what its like to be a sixth-grade girl just entering middle school. For example, it talks about wanting a boyfriend, starting to wear bras, or getting their monthly visit. This typically occurs in girls who start 6th grade. When a book is realistic such as this one it is more relatable. The young girl, Margaret, had split-religion parents, meaning one Jewish and one Christian, which can be very relatable to some families/children. On the other hand, this book may be very spiritual to some people, therefore may not be for everyone. Throughout the story, Margaret speaks/tells her life-story to God. “Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. I can’t wait until two o’clock God. That’s when our dance starts. Do you think I’ll get Philip Leroy for a partner? It’s not so much that I like him as a person God, but as a boy he’s very handsome… Thank you God.” Some children or parents of children may not find this book appropriate because of that reason. Overall, the big idea of this book is all about finally growing up as a “tween”, and talking to God to help along the way. ( )
  margan1 | Sep 15, 2014 |
This book was cute. It is realistic fiction. Judy Blume is one of my favorite authors. ( )
  stephanie.dicesare.7 | Jun 25, 2014 |
What didn't I learn from this book? Sheesh -- for a generation of girls raised in between the second and third waves of feminism, [author: Judy Blume] was nothing short of a Godsend. She answered all of the questions I was too afraid to ask, and my Baby Boomer mother was too self-involved to worry about what I was reading or what messages were therein contained. To say that she captured the zeitgeist of my generation is an understatement. Or maybe that's nostalgia talking. It has been -- gasp! -- 26 years since I read this book last...

I will say that the knowledge in the book -- while a bit outdated (with the "belts" and all) -- came in handy in later years when I found myself in a hospital after giving birth and the nurse handed me a belt and a sanitary napkin... if not for Blume, perhaps I'd have looked like an idiot in addition to feeling like one? :) ( )
  Seven.Stories.Press | Jun 13, 2014 |
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i love this book. i just started
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Are you there God, it's me Margaret. Life is getting worse every day. I'm going to be the only one who doesn't get it. I know it God. Just like I'm the only one without a religion. Why can't you help me?
"Oh, you're still flat," Nancy laughed.
"Not exactly," I said, pretending to be very cool. "I'm small-boned is all."
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Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret, again.

Have you thought about it? My growing, I mean. I've got a bra now. It would be nice if I had something to put in it.

Margaret is sure she's not normal. Everything seems to be happening so slowly. It's just too embarrassing to tallk about it to anyone - even her best friends. So Margaret talks to God in the hope that maybe he can speed things up a bit.
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If anyone tried to determine the most common rite of passage for preteen girls in North America, a girl's first reading of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret would rank near the top of the list. Judy Blume and her character Margaret Simon were the first to say out loud (and in a book even) that it is normal for girls to wonder when they are ever going to fill out their training bras. Puberty is a curious and annoying time. Girls' bodies begin to do freakish things--or, as in Margaret's case, they don't do freakish things nearly as fast as girls wish they would. Adolescents are often so relieved to discover that someone understands their body-angst that they miss one of the book's deeper explorations: a young person's relationship with God. Margaret has a very private relationship with God, and it's only after she moves to New Jersey and hangs out with a new friend that she discovers that it might be weird to talk to God without a priest or a rabbi to mediate. Margaret just wants to fit in! Who is God, and where is He when she needs Him? She begins to look into the cups of her training bra for answers ...

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Faced with the difficulties of growing up and choosing a religion, a twelve-year-old girl talks over her problems with her own private God.

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