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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. (original 1970; edition 2010)

by Judy Blume

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Title:Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
Authors:Judy Blume
Info:Delacorte Books for Young Readers (2010), Edition: 1, Paperback, 160 pages
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This was one of my favorite books growing up, and it still remains powerful in my head to this day. I always loved Judy Blume - she has talents with reading all audiences. This focuses on young Margaret struggling with the differences of religion from family members, growing into pre-teen changes, and adapting to life in general. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
This was one of my favorite books growing up, and it still remains powerful in my head to this day. I always loved Judy Blume - she has talents with reading all audiences. This focuses on young Margaret struggling with the differences of religion from family members, growing into pre-teen changes, and adapting to life in general. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
Reading this one for Mother/Daughter book club. It jolt's me back to summer camp a million years ago...
Even after this many years, the book still holds up. ( )
  euroclewis | Jun 8, 2016 |
She's 11 - won't be twelve for about 8 more months - so as she says 'going on twelve' we already know she's in too much of a hurry to grow up. ?Always asking God to give her breasts, being so impatient for her period... but at the same time being so immature that she believes every ugly thing her new playmate tells her. ?áUnlike my friend Beth, I would *not* like to think that this is relevant to kids today. ?áI hope they learn facts of life from their moms. ?áI hope they aren't led to believe that what matters most in the suburbs is to choose between joining the club for Christians (no doubt only the quieter Protestants need apply, Mormons, Catholics and S. Baptist unwelcome) or the one for Jews. ?áI don't like that Margaret chooses to continue to be friends after Nancy is exposed as a liar and bully - but then, I don't like Margaret, either, so I guess they deserve each other. ?á

If you've ever wanted to see cliques of Mean Girls, of the ones who focus on secrets for insiders and popularity driven conspiracies, read this. ?áIf you want your daughter to grow up healthy and strong, raise her yourself instead of letting her read boring, silly, ugly little books like this. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Its all about a phase of girl's life when she sets her foot from childhood to teens. That phase is beautifully put together. The thoughts, the doubts, the arrogance etc are completely in sync with any girl's life i guess.
It was a good read :) ( )
  PallaviSharma | May 9, 2016 |
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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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