Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Paperback – Apr 13 2010
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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 ... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Judy Blume's body of work returns to her original editor, Richard Jackson, with the rerelease of four classics in hardcover. An African-American family moves to all-white Grove Street in Iggie's House, to be released in April. The author's breakthrough title, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, about 11-year old Margaret Simon's struggles with puberty and religion, is now available in hardcover as well as in a Spanish-language edition, Estas ahi Dios? Soy yo, Margaret. Two additional titles came out last season: Blubber takes on preteen teasing; and It's Not the End of the World explores the effects of divorce.
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I saw it at the library, this exact same edition and had a hunch they updated it. The book has changed. Things have been added or left out. It seems it was tweeked to appease a new generation of pre-teen and teenage girls by removing references of instructions of use for feminine products from 40 years back. I don't remember Margaret the protagonist writing that long letter to her teacher at the end. It was actually short and curt. No mention in the original of the Buddhist or Moslem religion so why make it up now?
I give this a 1 star rating since the updated version totally sucks. That's all.
But one book existed which I still really wanted to read. It was published in1970 and represented a sea change in children’s literature.
And now that I have finally read Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume, I can understand why.
This story is fast competing with Kavalier and Clay as my absolute favourite for the year. To say I was blown away by the greatness Judy Blume has created here is an understatement. Wow.
The story, for all those who have not been converted already like me, is all about Margaret. She is an eleven year old girl, an only child, whose parents abruptly decide to uproot their lives and move out of New York City. Ending up in a new town, meeting a new friend, developing a new crush on an older boy, and sporting a new fashion sense in order to fit in, Margaret slams through many new concepts over the course of a very short amount of time.
To top this all off, she reveals early on that because one parent is Jewish and the other Christian, Margaret has been raised with no religion. To say this causes some eyebrows to arch is an understatement. This, along with other factors, gives her a quest to find a faith, a year long journey filled with questions and adventures. To complicate matters, in Margaret’s young mind, is that she already has a relationship with God, who she talks to every night.
Margaret changes and grows, spiritually, socially and physically all through the book.Read more ›
A 11 year old girl named Margaret just moved to Farbrook, New Jersy from New York. She becomes friends with 4 girls and form a group named the P.T.S.(Pre-teen sensations) Margaret goes through puberty and askes god for help. She has crushes on boys and is growing quickly. At the end of the story, 2 of her friends gets there period and then finaly she gets it and she was SO happy.
Hope you read this WONDERFUL book. If you want to know more, JUST READ IT!!!
Blume frankly addresses puberty, as well as religion. I like the fact that Margaret feels she can talk to God without actually belonging to any particular organized religion. She is technically half Catholic and half Jewish and a pivotal part of the book is her search to find which religion is right for her. She visits a synogague and a church, yet does not feel God in either place. This exploration of faith is actually something I have seen quite a few younger kids go through today in society - it really is no different from 1970!
Margaret constantly wants her period. Why? I don't know. It will make her feel more grown-up, more womanly, I guess. Yes, I know, I know, I just answered my own question! :) Margaret also wants the body of a woman. She and her friends gossip about Laura Danker, a buxom sixth grader with a bad reputation, seemingly only because of her figure.Read more ›
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Purchased the book for my 12 yr old daughter, she loved it. She was disappointed there was no part two. Easy quick read she read it in a week.Published 24 days ago by Simone S
I read it years ago and I was much younger and loved it. It is a teenagers' style. Not for me anymore. Not bad as a story.Published 5 months ago by JS
I remember in the 1970's getting my first kiss, period, etc., all while being totally hormonal and confused about life in general. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jade Sperry
I bought this book for my 10 year old niece, it is a book I read when I was a child and it was a book I always remembered... Now my niece loves it too.. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Penny Ryan
A classic that every little girl should read! Gave this to my niece for her 11th birthday and she devoured it in one day! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Signe
My cousin loaned this book to me at 10 or 11, and honestly, I had hugely mixed feelings about it then, and as an adult I still do. Read morePublished on June 21 2014 by Poetkitty
Cute little book that's an easy read and something light to make you realize how easy life as a child is.Published on May 21 2014 by Slow but good