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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385739885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385739887
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Stephanie, 12, is into "hunks" even though she's never met one herself. But when she starts seventh grade and finds out that she and her best friend, Rachel, aren't in any of the same classes except gym, Stephanie has more to worry about than boys. A new girl, Alison, moves in; she's a welcome new friend, but her presence alters the relationship between Steph and Rachel. For the first time, Rachel has secrets from Steph. But worse, Stephanie accidently learns that her father isn't in California on business, but that her parents have separated, and that her father has a girlfriend. She even suspects her mother of having a "fling." The relationships within the storyamong the three friends, and between Steph and her parentsare complicated, and Blume handles this aspect realistically and with great ease. The plot resolution, though carefully handled, is curiously flat. Despite this weakness, the story is lively, moves quickly, and captures the nutty, poignant world of very young teenagers. Ages 10-13.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-7 Blume once again chronicles the customs, mores, and lifestyle of preteen girls. This first-person narrative touches on many themes found in her previous novels: friendship, emerging sexuality, body weight, the family, menstruation. The freshness and intimacy of 13-year-old Stephanie Hirsch's account infuse those themes with originality. Stephanie enters seventh grade armed with innate optimism, two best friends, and a supportive mom. She gradually assimilates the devastating news of her parents' separation, endures the pain of an all-out fight with her oldest best friend, and comforts her young brother through nightmares of nuclear war. The Blume trademarks of realistic dialogue, funny non sequiturs, and forthright misinformation (gullible Stephanie is told by her friend that hairy legs on a boy indicate sexual experience) are much in evidence. The inviting jacket design, showing the three friends in a fit of giggles, perfectly evokes the upbeat story. Susan H. Patron, Los Angeles Public Library
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, NJ, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Superfudge; Blubber; Just As Long As We're Together; and Forever. She has also written the best-selling novels Wifey; Smart Women; and, Summer Sisters. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.
She receives thousands of letters each month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and
concerns with her.
Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year that American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming directly from her youngest readers.
She serves on the boards of the Author's Guild, currently as Vice President; the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, where she sponsors an award for contemporary fiction; and the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom. In Spring 2002, Judy was a spokesperson for the Cheerios "A Book for Every Child" literacy campaign which benefited Reading is Fundamental, America's largest literacy organization. She is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation.
Judy's first book in the Fudge series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, was published in 1972. She is thrilled to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with the publication of Double Fudge. Just as generations of fans have loved the Fudge books, generations of Judy's family have inspired them. Thirty years ago, Fudge was inspired by her son, Larry, and now Double Fudge was written at the request of her grandson, Elliot.
Judy lives on islands up and down the East Coast with her husband George Cooper. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on March 17, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've always been a big fan of Judy Blume, and she didn't disappoint in "Just As Long...." As always, Blume is a master in getting into the heads of young teens, and though Stephanie is the narrator in this installment (Rachel narrates in Here's To You Rachel Robinson, and Blume has mentioned that she'd like to write a book from Allison's POV), Rachel and Allison are equally as compelling.

Overall, this is funny, poignant and realistic look at what happens when a kid enters junior high and begins to question his or her place in the world.

As for the handful of reviewers who complained that parts of this book are "obscene" because the girls discuss kissing and sex. Come on, let's not be stuck in the Pilgrim days here. These girls are 13 - of course they're going to be thinking about boys, getting their periods, etc. Which 13 year old hasn't? Whether the subject matter is appropriate for younger kids to read is up to parents to decide, but Blume doesn't try to pretend this isn't anything other than a middle-grade read. To criticize her for realistically portraying teenagers is absolutely ridiculous. I think the criticism goes more to the parents who didn't bother to check to make sure that their younger kids were reading something on their level.

Anyway, this novel is a (PG-13) gem.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I love 80's Pop and Rock on October 17, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of my personal favorite books. It is a great book for anyone 13 and up. I read it for the first time at about 11 or 12 and didn't understand some things. It's not innapropriate, I have always loved how Judy Blume doesn't just write stupid kiddie books, she writes books about real kids and teens with real issues. She doesn't try to teach you that the world is perfect and you have no problems, rather she lets you know you are not alone in the world. I've read this book at least 5 times. Judy Blume is a terrific childrens author, her books are classics. My favorite part is when Jeremy say's "Enjoy the show?" and Stephanie say's "I've seen better". The book, even today, is relatable to teens. Also reccommended are the Fudge books and Here's To You, Rachel Robinson.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By An 11-year old reader on November 10, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is about three friends, Stephanie, Alison, and Rachael. It is from the perspective of 12 year old Stephanie. Stephanie is friendly and optimistic (according to Rachael). Rachael is very senstitive and a straight A student, and Alison is friendly, funny, and senstitive. The three friends get along well together but they do come to some problems.
This book is all about friendship, school, and 7th grade girls. It is a book that once you start, you cannot put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 21, 2001
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This book was incredibly nice! I've never read a book written by Judy Blume but know I know she is a very good writer This book tells about life. I think it is like real life because it talks about three ordinary girls that have some problems. Stephanie and Rachel are best friends until they meet a Vietnamese girl named Alison. These friends have to face some problems that can end their friendship. The book was easy to read. It kept me very interested and I didn't want to stop reading it. I think I can compare these friends with the friends I have. I also have best friends but not only one. I also have many other friends that are really great. The story was very realistic because It talked about changes that happen during the ages of 12 and 13 years old. I hope that who ever reads this review will read this book Just as Long as we're together. How I said before it was a GREAT book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 22, 2006
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If youre in middle school you have to read this book! it cover EVERYTHING that goes on in school and at home, parents seperating, friends, adoption, boys and all that "girl stuff" it is a fun read and every girl can relate to the charecters stories! they talk about everything that you NEED to know or want to know! such a great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Card on December 9, 1999
Format: Library Binding
Judy Blume is definitely the most awesome writer of books about teens! I have recently just finished the book Just as Long as We're Together (for the third time). Being a teenager myself I relate to a lot of the books that Judy Bloom publishes. This has got to be the one book of hers that I relate to the most. This book is about three friends who are around the age of thirteen or fourteen. At the beginning of the book it explains to the reader the great friendship that Stephanie and Rachel have. I really liked the beginning because I was just fascinated with the incredible friendship these two girls have. I loved how Blume described how they are the bestest friends and even when they fight they are still there for each other. I can really relate to that. I think that's why I like it so much. About halfway through the book Stephanie and Rachel have to face a really tough situation dealing with there friendship. A new girl moves in near Stephanie and let's just say they become really good friends and Rachel gets shaded out of the picture. So the girls have to try and deal with their problem and at the same time try not to hurt one anothers feelings which is a very difficult thing to do when both sides believe they are right. I know how that feels and I understand where they both are coming from because I was in a similar scenario. While all this is going on the girls have to deal with family issues, school issues, and you guessed it HORMONES! The end of the book is the best! Don't worry I won't ruin it. Growing up as a teenager is very tough (especially if your a girl... trust me I know) and you have all these different feelings and you feel like your the only person in the world who feels and thinks like you do.Read more ›
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