Book Review on Are You There God , It Me Margret

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Luvonda Fuller 1/21/15 Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret is one of those books that fits into the ‘teenage fiction’ category – not quite 9-12, not quite young adult. Judy Blume is one of the authors who started writing about young teenagers, way before ‘young adult’ even existed. I cannot possibly write a ‘book review’ of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret because it’s one of those books that everybody except me had read – it’s a classic! But here’s my thoughts on reading it as a 14-year-old girl who got the opportunity to read it as an actual pre-teen.. Published in 1970, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret seems to be Judy Blume’s most famous novel Margaret Simon likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain and things that are pink. At 11-years-old, she’s just moved from busy NYC to the quiet suburbs – Farbrook, New Jersey – where she’s faced with a whole bunch of weird new firsts. I was surprised to see how different and current Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret still is, but yet it’s unsurprising because growing up is difficult, whether it’s 1970 or 2000. I can see how Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret would feel pretty life-changing to young girl growing up, unable to talk about the challenges of puberty and worries of getting your first period. (It’s odd to think how disputed this was in the 1980s, when it became a ‘banned book’). It’s incredible to discover a book where the main character is going through something you’re going through, something that you couldn’t talk to other people about. I only had teen magazines! It reminded me of all the things I used to worry about as a 11 to 14-year-old and how the worrying doesn’t stop, but the things you’re worrying about just change. I enjoyed the realistic banter between Margaret and her new best friend (and neighbour) Nancy, and the challenges of dealing with

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