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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Paperback – April 29, 2014
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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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Rated one of the most controversial middle grade novels of all time, Judy Blume has raised lots of eyebrows with this book since its original publication in 1970. I can see why, but I enjoyed the book because of this. I enjoy that Judy does not try to censor for her young audience. It's probably a good thing, because girls Msrgaret's age aren't still worried about threads on their teddy bears being loose. They worry about the same things the PTS girls do;crushes, bras, and the like.
Although to some Margaret may seem unlikely, her sometimes catty attitude made me like her more. Although, I'll admit, the first time I read the book at eight years old, I probably thought that Margaret was mean for not wanting her maternal grandparents to visit, I understand that they were a bit annoying and highly prejudiced for disowning their daughter in such a way because of who she fell in love with. I would be mad at them, too. They were unlikable this time around, and quite possibly my least favorite characters.
I did, however, like Margaret's grandmother on her father's side a bit more, although I did not like how she pushed Margaret to choose the religion she herself had. Margaret should choose herself, unless she asked for guidance.
I enjoyed all of the PTS girls, though I definitely funded Janie and Gretchen more than Nancy. As the book progressed, I found Nancy less and less likable, especially towards the end. I sympathized her during the bathroom scene, when I thought that she was genuinely confused, but after Margaret's conversation with Laura Danker, my feelings toward her soured. I think that Judy did a good job on her character, because every now and then, we all befriend a real mean girl.
I would recommend this to any girl with questions about growing up or religion.