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09 October 2006 @ 08:19 am
Judy Blume's ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET. (4 stars)  

There are a lot of things people don't tell you, and for the other stuff, they might be lying.

 

An only child, Margaret Simon is about to turn twelve years old, and no one has told her how stressful the next year of her life is going to be. It might not have started off so badly if her parents hadn't up and moved to New Jersey, away from her friends, school, and grandmother. Luckily, she meets Nancy Wheeler and two other girls, and they quickly form the PTS's --- Pre-Teen Sensations. Together, they talk about all things female, including boys, bras, periods, pimples, and boobs. In their Boy Books they keep track of which boy they most want to date. Their hilarious chant of "We must, we must increase our bust" is just one of the ways Margaret and friends deal with the pressure of growing up.

 

Through all the tough times, Margaret keeps up her conversations with God. She gets confused at times because she's able to feel God when she's alone but not when she's with other people. It doesn't matter what church she goes into --- Catholic, Presbyterian, Christian --- she can't feel him in that building. And it bothers her. The reason she's visiting so many different churches is that she feels the pressure to find God in religion and is trying to figure out what religion she's going to be.

 

Her honest conversations with God, combined with her various fears of growing up and not being normal, her close relationship with her grandmother, and the unique project their new teacher Miles J. Benedict assigns, make this a memorable read. For as often as people have tried to ban this book and others by this author, Judy Blume's ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET. feels as timely today as it was when it was written in 1970.



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The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on October 13th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
You're very welcome! It's my first time experiencing the PTS's.
Cylin Busby Rosscbross on October 9th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
My publisher just sent me a questionaire where I was asked what was my favorite book when I was a kid--it was a tie between this one and CHARLOTTE'S WEB. There's just something magical about Judy Blume--I tried to read this again recently and it just didn't work the same way for me as a grown up, but I swear I read it about 50 times when I was in junior high.
The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on October 9th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
I never read it in junior high, probably because I didn't want to be seen reading a book like this. So this was my first time. There are certain books that I hear so much about that I just have to read them to feel "in the loop." This was one of those books.
queen_of_ocd: stupervenusqueen_of_ocd on October 9th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)
I read "Margaret" probably 20 times when I was growing up. It's a classic, and I love it.
The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on October 13th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
I'm a rookie/virgin/newbie to the MARGARET phenomenon. I'd just heard so much about it I bit the knife and read it as a 27 year old male. I'll wager I'm the first one ever!
queen_of_ocd: stupervenusqueen_of_ocd on October 14th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC)
Good for you! :)
(Anonymous) on October 9th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
Judy Blume
Judy Blume is the BEST! Ryan Field...........
The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on October 13th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
Re: Judy Blume
I enjoyed her. A first time read for me.
dancewriteredenzdream on October 9th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
Did it "feel" dated? You didn't say, so I'm guessing it didn't ( at least not like a Nancy Drew or something of that sort ).

Katherine
The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephensjonstephens on October 9th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
It felt like a mid-grade novel. The reading was easy and entertaining, for the most part. It didn't scream DATED at me, but it's definitely a 36-year-old precursor to the young adult movement.