Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

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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 "Generations of teenage girls have grown up reading the tales of teenage angst told by beloved author Judy Blume." 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." "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
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9780307817747
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: NC Kids

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Mar 14, 2021

Most of the comments say it is for girl's i disagree it is for everyone I liked it

Feb 12, 2021

Five belated stars for Judy Blume's honest and heartwarming depiction of a tween's search for God. Her mother was raised Presbyterian and her father Jewish. When they married they left religion behind and were determined to let Margaret make her own choice. The problem is, without the guidance of her parents, she feels woefully unprepared to make such a decision. I was too young to read this book when it came out and missed reading it when in the target audience. Twelve-year-old me would have most certainly loved meeting Margaret.

Jan 24, 2021

Though it was once on the banned book list, I think this is a wonderful book for young ladies growing up. I am a huge fan of Judy Blume, and have yet to be disappointed!
Margaret is a young girl who is going through moving to a different state, fitting in at school, and discovering which religion she "belongs to". The reader will follow Margaret through all of her trials and tribulations, and may even find out more about themselves.
Highly recommend this book for girls ages 10+!

RyanR_KCMO Oct 13, 2020

I did not read this as a young lady growing up. I will say that as a 40 year-old man I think this may be the perfect book about growing up. Blume so proficiently puts her main character in the perfect storm of conflicts: with her friends, her parents, her body, her school, and her faith. Blume pulls it off so flawlessly. This is a charming read.

pacl_teens Sep 30, 2020

Are you there God? It's me, Margaret. is a book that talks about the concept of girl puberty. Margaret just moved from New York to the suburbs and is trying to make new friends while balancing the start puberty. She meets new friends at her new school and they swear to each other they will tell each other everything, first crushes, first periods, etc. This story tells the adventure of growing up and talks a bit about handling peer pressure.
I was given this book as a gift and it was one of the most inspiring books I have read. I read this during my own puberty phase and it really helped me with some questions I had about my own body. I recommend this book for girls the ages of 10-15. It does talk about religion a few times so if you are sensitive to those concepts, I suggest you do not read this book. There isn't much of a plot so if you like mystery or suspense, this isn't for you. This is a book to learn about morals and life lessons. Overall, this book is really good for explaining girl puberty and helps you know what will happen to your body in a subtle way. Even though it deals with these topics, it is suitable for young readers. -Trisha, Grade 8

Dec 14, 2019

I was surprised to see how the book glorified pornography. Instead of seeing pornography as a way of enslaving women, the book held porn as an ideal for young girls. I would not recommend it to adults, let alone the pre-teen age group at which it is aimed.

Nov 04, 2019


Oct 31, 2019

This book was/is forbidden in my grade school for teaching women about their bodies. :O So I read it as an adult. I feel like it would have been helpful as a young girl. It would have told me that other girls have the same problems/questions as me. As an adult woman it was basically useless to me. But, I think every young girl should read it.

Donna_R Oct 03, 2019

What a joy it was to revisit this with my pre-teen kid who find it utterly absorbing. Like those oft mentioned Teenage Softies.

Feb 12, 2019

I sure hope this book is updated and the girls are using tampons or other current feminine products. Unless you're over 50(like me), you probably don't know what a pad with a "belt" means.
When I see the commercial with the lady embarrassed to buy adult diapers, I always think she's Margaret because Margaret couldn't face buying feminine products from a male clerk.

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Jun 22, 2016

Love it great way to start being a girl

Jun 21, 2015

great book!
have no other words to say to this awesome book ;)

Jul 26, 2014

Margaret Simon, age eleven moves from New York to New Jersey. She is trying to find a religion but through out the book, she talks to God about what is happening in her life. She meets a neighbor girl and this helps with the new school. She joins a secret club with three friends with rules that include wearing a bra, telling the others when they get their periods and listing the boys they like. During the school year, Margaret learns about family, religion, boys, and finding that people aren't always what they seem.

Jun 30, 2014

margret moves to new jersey and tries to fit in her new school


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