Are You There God?It's Me, Margaret

Are You There God?It's Me, Margaret By Judy Blume, Are You There God It s Me Margaret Are You There God It s Me Margaret No one ever told Margaret Simon that eleven going on twelve would be such a hard age When her family moves to New Jersey she has to adjust to life in the suburbs
  • Title: Are You There God?It's Me, Margaret
  • Author: Judy Blume
  • ISBN: 9780440904199
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • Are You There God?It's Me, Margaret By Judy Blume, Are You There God It s Me, Margaret No one ever told Margaret Simon that eleven going on twelve would be such a hard age When her family moves to New Jersey, she has to adjust to life in the suburbs, a different school, and a whole new group of friends Margaret knows she needs someone to talk to about growing up and it s not long before she s found a solution.Are you tAre You There God It s Me, Margaret No one ever told Margaret Simon that eleven going on twelve would be such a hard age When her family moves to New Jersey, she has to adjust to life in the suburbs, a different school, and a whole new group of friends Margaret knows she needs someone to talk to about growing up and it s not long before she s found a solution.Are you there God It s me, Margaret I can t wait until two o clock God That s when our dance starts Do you think I ll get Philip Leroy for a partner It s not so much that I like him as a person God, but as a boy he s very handsome And I d love to dance with him just once or twice Thank you God.Alternate cover edition of this book is available here
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    1. Judy Blume

      Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, 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 Blubber Just as Long as We re Together and the five book series about the irrepressible Fudge She has also written three novels for adults, Summer Sisters Smart Women and Wifey, all of them New York Times bestsellers More than 80 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into thirty one languages She receives thousands of letters a year 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 the American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement Other recognitions include the Library of Congress Living Legends Award and the 2004 National Book Foundation s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.She is the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation She serves on the boards of the Author s Guild the Society of Children s Book Writers and Illustrators the Key West Literary Seminar and the National Coalition Against Censorship.Judy is a longtime advocate of intellectual freedom Finding herself at the center of an organized book banning campaign in the 1980 s she began to reach out to other writers, as well as teachers and librarians, who were under fire Since then, she has worked tirelessly with the National Coalition Against Censorship to protect the freedom to read She is the editor of Places I Never Meant To Be, Original Stories by Censored Writers.Judy has completed a series of four chapter books The Pain the Great One illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist James Stevenson She has co written and produced a film adaptation of her book Tiger Eyes, and is currently writing a new novel.Judy and her husband George Cooper live on islands up and down the east coast They have three grown children and one grandchild.

    448 thoughts on “Are You There God?It's Me, Margaret”

    1. I first read this book in kindergarten After getting into an argument with the PTA lady running the school book fair about whether or not I could buy the book I thought she was trying to imply that I couldn t read it, which I found insulting an argument that was ultimately settled by a call home to my mom I brought the book home and read it all on a Friday night Up past my bedtime, I snuck downstairs, where my parents were entertaining friends, and announced that I had a question about what a pe [...]


    2. Isn t it pathetic that as a girl, once you learn about periods, you just can t wait to get one, and then for the rest of your life, you just wish the effers would go away Except of course, the periods that show up JUST when you need them to like when one is perhaps a few days late and not super confident in her decision making skills during the last month Those periods are probably even better than the satisfaction of that very first one.


    3. During the final round in the 2011 Miss Universe pageant, Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup was asked this question Would you change your religious beliefs to marry the person you love Why or why not Supsup answered If I had to change my religious beliefs, I will not marry the person that I love Because the first person that I love is GOD who created me And I have my faith and my principles And these what make makes me who I am And if that person loves me, he should love my God too Thank you Of co [...]


    4. This novel discusses subjects of importance to preteen girls, like kissing, bras, boys and menstruation Presence of religion, but no exasperating preaching Parents, gift this to your children.As a side note, Margaret is the only girl I know who is excited about getting her period The way I see it, the longer the wait, the better Because blood, cramps and no white pants.


    5. Oh, how I do miss the 1970 edition of this book Somehow the cute little cover girl of the new edition, what with the sparkling eyes and her head in the clouds, doesn t express the loneliness and contemplative nature of Miss M in the same way the little girl with lank brown hair and brown knee socks did And how else can one completely alarm and overwhelm a modern 10 year old about the mysteries of the pubescent female body without the mention of the belt When I first read the book, not only was I [...]


    6. I m feeling very nostalgic today I can still remember sitting on the floor in the library and reading this book One of my favorite authors when I was young If I didn t have so much to read I would read it again now Actually if I can find my box of old books I probably will read it again I LOVED this book


    7. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum Eeks am I getting behind in posting reviews Are You There God, It s Me Margaret was my final selection for Banned Books Week I was extremely hesitant to re read this since it was one of my childhood favorites I was terrified my trip down memory lane would wind up filled with potholes and other bumps in the road that would lessen my enjoyment Boy was I wrong I loved Margaret just as much now as I did back then Judy Blume was my go to gal back in the dark ag [...]


    8. The first thing Margaret asks God is Don t let New Jersey be too horrible, so you know she s in for a rough time with God The second thing she asks for is boobs What makes Blume so wonderful well, there are lots of things, but one of them is that she respects her audience, which is specifically 12 year old girls and no one else She s tackling big subjects here puberty and God, so that s half of the entire list of Big Subjects and she respects their difficulty Margaret is the product of a mixed m [...]


    9. I read this book again very recently as part of a program in which volunteers help teach childen and adults who have difficulty with reading and comprehension to read for understanding and ulimately enjoyment The girl I was reading with was very moved by the book I guess, I had taken it for granted Blume clearly knows her audience and speaks to them As a young, fat boy, I read Blubber and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing along with 1001 Arabian Nights over and over under the covers by the yellow [...]


    10. I loved this book so much as a kid It was interesting rereading it now One thing that startled me was something I barely noticed when I was younger Margaret gets very angry at God at one point, and decides she s not talking to him any She thinks he s been mean to her, and she s hitting back as best she can.Which is fine Very believable But then she starts telling everyone that she doesn t believe in God And whenever she says that, she thinks to herself that she hopes he s listening Here s the p [...]


    11. GAAAAAHHHHH I m feeling nostalgic Oh I remember reading this book when I was 11 years old and I d just gotten my first period oh the trauma and knew NOTHING about EVERYTHING even though I refused to admit publicly that I didn t understand anything And there was Margaret As clued in and as clueless as I was She was a wonderful protagonist And I DISTINCTLY remember the contraptions that Judy Blume described as for use as a sanitary towel in this book belts and all sorts of weirdness Like what the [...]


    12. You have to love a book with the lines We must, we must, we must increase our busts.



    13. This is an excellent middle grade classic about a girl who, rather than having to pick a faith, creates her own personal version of faith and religion Creative and daring, Are You There God It s Me, Margaret is an incredible story for all ages.


    14. Are you there, Judy Blume It s me, Brian I loved your book I devoured it in one sitting It was enlightening but at the same time funny as can be Never had I ever wanted to be a ten year old girl, and now I kind of do Is that okay Am I normal I find myself going up to my friends and saying, I must I must I must increase my bust They think it s strange Anyway, thanks for writing this story It was fun than a Pixar movie and taught me a lot I hope you have a good day.


    15. No Boyz Allowed 1 1eleven 1 one 1 4 stars for my love of the book as a child.2 stars for how it reads now as an adult 3 star average.I was cleaning out my stuff and found this book and had a sudden urge to revisit my childhood As a child, this was one of those books that I read over and over probably because my mom didn t want me reading it I was probably about 9 or 10 when I snuck wait, this isn t a word why am I getting spell checked Are You There God into my house It put the fear of periods a [...]


    16. I read this book while living in Greece and listening to Kasey Casem s top forty I remember that Total Eclipse of the Heart was the number one song and I also remember Casey telling the story of Bonnie Tyler s vocal dramedy and comeback What does it have to do with this book Um, not much I was about ten, aleady had boobs and a period both of which I wanted to jettison I found the book amusing because I could relate to the religious power struggle that plagued our protag Also I was the subject of [...]


    17. Every Saturday growing up, my mother would drop me off at the public library and wouldn t come back for several hours Instead of dwelling on the problem of abandonment, I got lost in the stacks and one day found this book I remember loving it and rooting for and identifying with the main character a girl trying to reach out, needing only someone to listen to her as she tries to figure out what the hell is going on.


    18. I was prohibited from reading Judy Blume books My parents said so So, beginning in the seventh grade, I secretly checked them out from the school library and hid in my room and read them instead of doing homework Ahhh, clandestine reading This was the first that I read and, though not my favorite Judy Blume, definitely something I wouldn t mind taking a crack at now I wonder if it would be as good reading it now that my parents don t care



    19. I was with head shaking and consternation reading or at least trying to peruse without either grumbling or laughing derisively some of the vehemently negative reviews the tirades for Are You There God, It s Me, Margaret , and ha, ha, ha, what many of these ranters and ravers so unilaterally and utterly despise about Judy Blume s Middle Grade girl s classic, is precisely what I have always loved, and what I totally and utterly personally appreciated when I read this novel at around the age of tw [...]


    20. Re read this recently for the hell of it and was once again swept away by Blume s talent for capturing the adolescent spirit god, how awful puberty was Unfortunately, the newer addition featured some technical updates women will know what I mean , and I see why they did this, however I think girls today would be well served to learn how clunky feminine hygiene products were back when Margaret first hit the shelves.


    21. This book made no sense to me no, I didn t read it en espa ol, that was just the best cover I thought the characters were totally crazy, and couldn t relate at all to their bizarre obsessions and behavior I could not for the life of me figure out why anyone in her right mind would look forward to bleeding out of her private parts, let alone what was so desirable about wearing a bra, or growing breasts in the first place, let along pubic hair ew Later on, sadly, I would become all too familiar wi [...]


    22. I read this book in the 5th grade and I remember being very embarrassed to check it out it was very different from the horse books I usually read I went home and read it in the confines of my room and hid it from my mom like she would have cared n er a banned book was ever mentioned in our household What I found inside was so profound at the time Judy Blume is an author who understands her audience I think I read it at the exact right age and it was the first book that spoke to me, voicing my ea [...]


    23. THE SUNDAY FAMILY READJudy Blume is nine years older than I am I did not read her books growing up because they weren t published yet They would have helped me a great deal but by the time this one was published in 1970, I was married and having my first baby.I decided to read this now because I have come to the part of my memoir where I need to write about my early awareness of sex and all that goes along with changing from a child to a teen to a young woman I found myself very blocked and fina [...]



    24. I was not allowed to read Judy Blume as a kid, so of course I read any one of them I could find and hide from my mom This is a fun one, one of the quintessential girl growing up books, and yet I had a bit of a hard time with it You see, unlike just about every other girl according to a number of books I read in the 1980 s with young girl protagonists , I wasn t waiting with bated breath to get my period Nope Not interested So books that revolved around finding out what that was like, or wearing [...]


    25. Whenever I read books like these it always reminds me of how stifled I was as a child No spin the bottle and 3 minutes in the closet for me Instead it was a constant back and forth between home and school I had my first friend sleep over a month ago and I m nineteen for Hera s sake That being said, the beauty of this book and Judy Blume s way of writing it, is that it captures a point in a girl s life when she s pressured with growing up As I read Margaret s story I understood that excitement sh [...]


    26. This is the ultimate book that every female, whatever her age, should read AT LEAST once It s the charming story of 12 year old Margaret who learns what entering into womanhood is about It s everything, we as females, go through from a young girl through the awkwardness of puberty IT will make you smile and giggle I ve read this book no less than 200 timesally My copy is so worn the pages are falling out and the binding is completely shot Judy Blume knows how to write them


    27. Blume at her best It s just as good as I remembered it I will definitely encourage my daughters to read this one when the onset of puberty happens Such a funny yet poignant book about growing up and learning to be comfortable in your own skin.


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