A review of Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume…
Book: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret
Author: Judy Blume
Pages: 152 (Paperback)
Genre: Young Adult
Age Recommendation: 11+
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
“It’s not so much that I like him as a person God, but as a boy he’s very handsome.”
Margaret has just moved away from her childhood home, is starting a new school, finding new friends and constantly feels like she isn’t normal. Life isn’t easy. For a start, she can’t decide whether she wants to be Jewish like her father or Christian like her mother. Why does everyone else know who they are? And worst of all, Margaret is a ‘late developer’ and she constantly feels like she might never catch up with her friends. It’s all too embarrassing to discuss these things with her parents so she talks to God. She’s just waiting for an answer…
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret is a 1970 book by Judy Blume about a girl in sixth grade who grew up without religious affiliation. It confronts many pre-teen female issues such as puberty, liking boys and voicing your opinion.
Despite being originally published 45 years ago, the issues this book covers are timeless and I wish I had discovered this book when I was 11. The book is only short but is full of funny moments that made me laugh out loud and the characters are wonderful. Despite being 10 years older than Margaret I still thoroughly enjoyed every page of her story.This would have been a perfect read to start me off before my Georgia Nicolson addiction at age 14. I enjoyed Judy Blume’s writing so much, I cannot wait to read more!