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 (Vulture)

"Generations of teenage girls have grown up reading the tales of teenage angst told by beloved author Judy Blume." -- Mashable

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

"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: New York : Dell Yearling, [2004]
ISBN: 9780307817747
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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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.

Nov 06, 2018

I decided to pick this up after Judy Blume sold the film right for it. Of course it's a very well known coming-of-age book. Admittedly, I never picked it up because I was unsure of how religious it would be (based on the title) and me being very not religious. This was actually really good and not religious or at least not trying to push any specific message in regards to that. The main character, Margaret, is very relatable. Highly recommend to all girls and women.

LPL_SarahM Nov 01, 2018

I just read this for the first time (at age 42) and found it to be a nearly perfect book.

JCLHeatherM Oct 12, 2018

12 year old Margaret Simon just wants to fit in when her family moves to New Jersey. Facing peer pressure, boy troubles, and a religious identity crisis, Margaret finds the courage to forge her own path and decides that it's better just to be herself.

Jul 24, 2018

An okay book, but a little bit boring; there could have been more to the story. I wanted Margaret to make a decision or come to a conclusion about her religion (and also her friendships and puberty struggles), but it just kind of ended. It was not as good as I expected, I think this book is overrated.
If you liked this book you'll enjoy the Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

Jul 05, 2018

Margaret is your typical young girl on the brink of adolescence, which can be tricky after moving schools and meeting new friends. However, what she did not anticipate, was people’s reactions to her not identifying with any specific religion. To Margaret, she felt as though she had her own relationship with God that no one else knew about. This book can be very relatable if you have ever had a similar experience where you didn’t exactly connect with a religion, but still felt a presence in your life. While reading this, you will feel as though you are experiencing Margaret’s feelings first hand and like you know her in real life. I would rate this book 4.5/5 stars, and recommend it to anyone who is currently dealing with personal issues and wants a touching and relatable story. - @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 19, 2018

I used to own this book when I was younger, definitely not as into it reading it now.

Jan 28, 2018

The book talks about puberty and friendships more than God. I liked it very much when I was 12 even though I wasn't dealing with some of those issues. At the end, yes, she feels pressured to choose one religion over another. Her father and mother's parents are from two different religions, and one is not accepting of another's.

Sep 20, 2017

I know a lot of others adore this book, but I personally don't see what's so wonderful. It seems to be focusing more on inappropriate things and less about Margaret actually talking to god. It seems more like God is just an imaginary friend to Margaret. She could call him Santa and the relationship wouldn't change at all.

ArapahoeStaff11 Aug 08, 2017

As a young person this book was in heavy rotation on my reading list. I saw myself in Margaret's search for faith and floundering journey through puberty. I recently read it as an adult and I still love it. This book navigates the perilous preteen years with humor and the sweet awkwardness of being a kid.

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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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