Are You There God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume

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The comical longings of little girls who want to be big girls -- exercising to the chant of "We must -- we must -- increase our bust!" -- and the wistful longing of Margaret, who talks comfortably to God, for a religion, come together as her anxiety to be normal, which is natural enough in sixth grade.
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The beloved coming-of-age novel from the author whose “name has long been synonymous with young adult fiction” (Los Angeles Times).
 
Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret is very special.” —Amy Poehler quoted on Vulture.com
 
“Generations of teenage girls have grown up reading the tales of teenage angst told by beloved author Judy Blume.” —Mashable.com
 
Margaret Simon, almost twelve, has just moved from New York City to the suburbs, and she’s anxious to fit in with her new friends. When she’s asked to join a secret club she jumps at the chance. But when the girls start talking about boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret starts to wonder if she’s normal. There are some things about growing up that are hard for her to talk about, even with her friends. Lucky for Margaret, she’s got someone else to confide in . . . someone who always listens.
 
“The first Judy Blume books I read. . . served as a kind of introduction to myself.” —John Green quoted in The New York Times
 
“Mention Judy Blume to almost any woman under a certain age and you're likely to get this reaction: Her face lights up, and she's transported back to her childhood self — curled up with a book she knows will speak directly to her anxieties about relationships, self-image and measuring up.” —NPR.org
 
“Fans, readers, booksellers — even other authors and celebrities — often dissolve into tears upon meeting [Judy Blume], confessing that books like “Forever ... ” and “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret” got them through adolescence; taught them about sex, love and friendship; and provided their first glimpse of adulthood.” —The New York Times 
 
“Blume wasn’t the first writer to legitimize and celebrate the interior life of young girls. . . . But Blume’s work feels significantly more influential than that of her predecessors and peers.” —The New Yorker
 
“These stories belong to young women. Real young women.” —Diablo Cody, Entertainment Weekly
 

About Judy Blume

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Judy Blume lives in Key West and New York City. You can visit her at www.judyblume.com.
 
Published March 21, 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 162 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, Romance, Young Adult. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Oct 15 2011

The comical longings of little girls who want to be big girls -- exercising to the chant of "We must -- we must -- increase our bust!" -- and the wistful longing of Margaret, who talks comfortably to God, for a religion, come together as her anxiety to be normal, which is natural enough in sixth grade.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Cindi Rose on Nov 27 2010

Margaret's honesty with herself and with God is refreshing, though and perhaps more girls should be reading books like Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret than books like Pretty Little Liars and The Alphas.

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Common Sense Media

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Reviewed by Katherine Olney on Aug 17 2010

ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT'S ME MARGARET was first published in 1970, but tweens will find that it still it pretty much rings true today...Margaret is such a relatable character -- she worries about being normal, sometimes says the wrong thing, and even hides her true feelings to be accepted by her friends.

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Patheos

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Reviewed by Beth Davies-Stofka on Apr 30 2010

In case you haven't read this classic of American literature, I won't spoil it for you. Suffice it to say that in a rather happy turn of events, Margaret changes her mind. She does talk to God again, with the same sweet certainty that he is indeed there, and has been all along.

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Story Snoops

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Reviewed by Eden on Oct 29 2010

Award-winning author Judy Blume's classic tale of boys, puberty and religion is still a relevant read for young girls today. Some topics never change, like questions about where you fit in and the changes your body is going through in puberty.

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Reading for Sanity

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Reviewed by Kari on Sep 30 2010

The writing is very basic and therefore not challenging, but is accessible to the lower YA grades where this book is probably most applicable. I'm not sure I'd steer my students in the direction of reading this book, but I also wouldn't tell them not to read it. I think it could be the right fit for the right student.

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Reviewed by rhapsodyinbooks on Dec 18 2009

I can’t imagine any young girl not identifying with Margaret Simon in this book. Blume captures exactly the obsessions with growing up, bras, periods, talking on the phone, cliques, and wanting to be like everyone else...I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to every preteen girl I could.

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Book Nut

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Reviewed by Melissa Fox on Oct 01 2012

Because I do understand the need for this book (even today): it's a place where tween girls can go to realize that they're not alone, they really are normal in their questions and their concerns and their problems. And even if the book is a little dated...it's still relevant. Even if I still didn't like it very much.

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Reviewed by Tina on Oct 01 2010

I liked how Judy Blume was very brave to address these questions that every pre-teen girl has and answer it in a realistic manner. She didn’t sugarcoat anything...I absolutely recommend this to girls and parents of pre-teen girls — it’s one of those books that a girl must read at least once in their lives.

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GreenBeanTeenQueen

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Reviewed by Sarah on Sep 21 2009

I felt that Margaret and her classmates acted very much the way the same age still does today. Overall, I think the issues that Are you There God, It's Me Margaret deals with are timeless, which makes the book readable and relateable today. I would give this one to all tween girls to read.

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