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Just as Long as We're Together (Best Friends)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,790 Ratings  ·  479 Reviews
Rachel is Stephanie's best friend. Since second grade, they've shared secrets, good and bad. Now in seventh grade, Alison moves into the neighborhood. Stephanie hopes all three of them can be best friends, because Stephanie really likes Alison. But it looks as if it's going to be a case of two's company and three's a crowd. Can the girls' friendship be saved?.
Paperback, 202 pages
Published April 9th 2001 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published January 1st 1986)
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Jan 19, 2009 Ola rated it really liked it
Shelves: nostalgia
I'm mad as hell that Goodreads doesn't have the cover of the version that I read, because I liked that cover a LOT. It's the one that has Stephanie, Rachel and Alison in someone's room (Rachel's?) and they are laughing and someone's holding up one of the purple t-shirt that say "FRIENDS" in yellow letters. So nostalgic. But, I digress.

Anyway. I think this was my favorite Judy Blume novel.

Stephanie and Rachel had been best friends since just about forever. Then seventh grade starts. Alison move
Oct 22, 2013 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book growing up. It was my first Judy Blume novel, and it captured perfectly the world of preteen girls that I was in the midst of experiencing. I wanted to be just like those girls. The emotionally difficult situations of changing friendships and the breakdown of the Hirschs' marriage struck a chord as well. The one real flaw is that the ending just seems to suddenly appear. It doesn't seem to really tie things up at all. I never really minded it much though, other than that I want ...more
Jenny Rebecca
Feb 02, 2009 Jenny Rebecca rated it it was amazing
This was my first 'obsession' book. I got it for my 11th birthday and read it about 4 times in the first 2 months I had it. To this day, 20 years later, I still remember that it's Stephanie's birthday on Feb 2. Ground Hog day. As today is Ground Hog day, I wish you a very happy Birthday Stephanie. And to Judy Blume, a thank you for writing characters that seem as real to me now, as they did 20 years ago.
Jan 30, 2014 Meg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
This was my favorite/most-read Judy Blume book, as a youth. Recently re-read for a book club and it was like walking through a house I used to live in. There are so many things I learned from this book, so many things I tried to many things I accidentally emulated, without knowing that I ever would.

Notable on re-read:

(a) The way the situation with Stephanie's parents is handled. Really, really strong. (view spoiler) was a huge theme in this era of middle gra
Harun Harahap
Nemu buku ini di obralan buku di FX Sudirman. Mata gue terpaut buku berwarna ungu sesuai Tantangan Baca GRI bulan ini. Eh ternyata bukunya Judy Blume. Pas banget penulis yang gue suka. Padahal tadinya udah nyerah ga bakal bisa ikutan tantangan bulan ini.

Kalau kisahnya, ya khas Judy Blume lah...
This is probably close to my millionth re-read of Judy Blumes' book since childhood, but I was feeling nostalgic. It still holds up. I felt as if I was 12 again, which is something you need every now and again.
Feb 26, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read this book back in elementary school and hadn't liked it much then. But I thought I would give it a whirl since I just got a vintage copy. I love books written in the 80s because they bring me back to my youth in a way that few other things do. Judy Blume is an expert at depicting preteen suburban Jersey Girls in a way that reaches out to girls worldwide. This book was no exception. Stephanie is an average girl making her way through junior high, having two best friends instead of one ...more
Sep 13, 2015 Pinky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-15
Never have I been taken back to the pain and torture of 7th grade until now, reading this. Judy Blume - how do you do it?!? I was just a little too old to read this when it was first published in 1987, but the Guess? jeans, the school dances, the fear of nuclear war (thanks to The Day After) rosebud comforter with matching lampshades and jazzercise? Wow. And the complicated friendships and family relationships while on a hormonal roller coaster - it's all perfect and made me incredibly tense. Ra ...more
Nikinnia Smith garcia
Oh to be a preteen again. What a wonderful stage in life. NOT!
I really enjoyed this book. It brought back so many memories. First crush, new friends, fights with friends, first period (wish I could forget that one), and middle school. I like Stephanie, however she was a bit annoying. She was too naive, nosy, and talked too much. It seemed to me that while her intentions were mostly good her execution was not very good at all. I loved how they all crushed on Jeremy "Dragon" a boy so much out of
Mar 28, 2015 J3llyfish rated it really liked it
I was obsessed with this book. I read it over and over and over. It was again one of those books I discovered at the perfect age, and I fell in love.
Jaime Nicole
Oct 26, 2009 Jaime Nicole rated it it was amazing
I Loved this book it was the best. Judy bloom is my all time favorite author.
There were three main characters Stephanie, Rachel, and Alison. They all met before school started and they became bestfriends. They didnt know if they could all be friends at once but they talked and realized that they could.
Stephanie's father was away for work and for thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving day Stephanie realized that her father and mother were sperating for a while. Stephanie's father thought her mother told
Jordan Mierek
Oct 23, 2012 Jordan Mierek rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could barely stomach this particular novel. It wasn’t disgusting, if that’s what you’re thinking. I was nauseated. Instead, I was overcome by a sudden case of ADD during chapter one. It lasted through the entire 296 pages. I had to literally force myself to keep reading. My mind wandered to hundreds of different things, some as mundane as my leg itching. Every few chapters, I had to walk around just to help concentrate. Why did I even need to concentrate, though? NOTHING HAPPENED. The book was ...more
Diana Welsch
Dec 07, 2012 Diana Welsch rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
When I was in 5th grade, the deal was if you got 100% on the spelling test on Monday, you didn't have to take it on Friday. I was great at spelling. So every Friday, I would go into the little room with the bookshelf and beanbag chair during the spelling test and read, read, read. I read this entire book in those 20-minute increments. When I was done, a male friend of mine in the class found out and put it on the markerboard tray during recess and drew arrows point to it and things like "DIANA R ...more
The summary at the top is what I read on the back of the book. If the book had been from Rachel's point of view the summary would have been correct. However the book is from Stephanie's point of view and she doesn't realize there is a problem until Rachel and she have a fight on page 241.

Most of Stephaine's story is focused on the separtion and possible divorce of her parnets. That however did not come into play until page 120. Till then the story is just a build up of Stephanie and Rachel meet
Jun 02, 2008 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Typical Judy Blume--you know, the protagonist got her first period and her parents were (probably) getting divorced. I enjoyed the references to Jane Fonda and Crazy Eddie but because I am getting old. This book was written when people were waiting for the cable providers to get MTV ("I want my MTV!"), so the Real World/TRL/Tila Tequilia Generation might not love this one nor understand why Stephanie can only watch MTV at Aunt Denise's house. It was the first Judy Blume I read that was written i ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Julia added it
Reading this book was like being ten again and I'm now a sappy mess. Save me from my crippling nostalgia!
Jan 02, 2016 Cornmaven rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-school
Disappointing reissue of a 1987 Blume novel. While the cover photo is current and perfect, Blume never took the time to update it. Some glaring examples:
-No cellphones, Internet, Skype or social media
- Stephanie's mom gets a VCR Jazzercize tape for a present
-Stephanie dreams of getting a Princess phone for Christmas/Birthday
- I don't know many 7th grade girls who would buy a poster of a young Richard Gere
- Stephanie's outfit choice for a school dance is not a 2015 choice
- No flu shots available
Jun 03, 2015 Bruin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
A terrific book. Thirteen-year-old Stephanie ‘Hershey Bar’ Hirsch is a frog in a pot of gradually boiling water. She moves house, discovers new friends, goes to a new school. The friendships develop, gently, naturally, and you’re mesmerised by how familiar it all seems. School is just as you remember it – the naughty kids, the vain kids, the nervous but inexplicably smart teachers, the older teens falling in love and pairing off. Then, 127 pages in, you suddenly realise all is not as it seems in ...more
Priya Jain
Sep 16, 2014 Priya Jain rated it it was amazing
...Just as Long as We’re Together by Judy Blume is a realistic fiction novel about friendship, secrets, school, boys and becoming a teenager. It centers around Stephanie Hirsch, a 7th grader with two wonderful good friends, Rachel and Alison, a little brother named Bruce and also two loving parents. Life goes on pretty well for Steph until Thanksgiving when there is an upheaval. She feels that her life is no longer the same. She tries to keep this a secret from her friends but problems arise. I ...more
Penelope Anne Cole
Aug 18, 2014 Penelope Anne Cole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tween, middle-school
Judy Blume gives us yet another peek into life as a preteen girl. Her stories take us back to our own stumbling early adolescent years. How did we ever survive it all? Judy Blume shows us how others can, have, and do.

The first story is "Just as Long as We’re Together," about two long time best friends, Stephanie and Rachel, who befriend the new girl in their neighborhood and school, Alison. How will the dynamics play out if “two’s company and three’s a crowd?” Can you have more than one best fri
Nov 25, 2015 Annikka rated it it was amazing
Summarize the book:

This story is about two friends, Stephanie and Rachel, who have been best friends since 2nd grade. A couple of weeks before starting 7th grade a new girl moves in close to Stephanie named Alison. Stephanie and Alison get along, and Stephanie hopes that the three of them will become best friends. However, the more that Stephanie brings Alison into the picture, the further away Rachel seems to drift. Amongst the friendship dilemmas, Stephanie learns that her parents are separati
Mar 17, 2016 Sequoia rated it it was amazing
The book Just As long As we're Together by Judy Blume was a good and interesting book. I would rate it with a 4 star rating,because it wasn't the best book I read and it got confusing In certain parts. This book contains 279 pgs. Judy Blume has many more books but it's not a series. Imagine if you moved to a place where you didn't know anyone. What would you have done try to make new friends lie about so you could have friends? Well this book is about a two girls who are best friends and they bo ...more
Jul 30, 2015 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodreads doesn't have the book cover in hardcover that I'm reading. They only had it as Audio CD. Grrr.

I haven't read a Judy Blume book in 30+ years, and that was the risky Wifey (at the time) that I hid because I was still living at home with my parents. Not that my mother would had probably known what it was about anyway, because she wasn't a reader at the time. Anyho, I"m in a book club, and the book for this month was this one. Being 49 years old today, and it being written in 1987, this st
May 24, 2015 Georgie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fic, middle-grade
There's something wonderfully nostalgic about reading JB books. They transport you right back to when you were a teenager/pre teen and the characters all seemed just like you or your friends.

'Just as Long As We're Together' is the story of Steph, a girl just starting 7th grade. Her best friend is Rachel Robinson, but at the start of the book they befriend another girl named Alison. Starting junior high means there's a lot of change for the three girls - as well as learning a new routine, they al
May 30, 2016 Booknerdreads rated it it was amazing
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Emily Sands
Apr 27, 2016 Emily Sands rated it liked it
This young adult novel follows three girls throughout their friendship with ups and downs. Each friend goes through their own “hard times” so to speak. This helps readers identify with different situations. Alison’s’ mom gets pregnant, Stephanie’s parents are getting a divorce, and Rachel’s has a crush on a boy named Max. Throughout the novel the girls become really close, however near the end they all get into a fight causing a separation between them. By the time the novel ends the girls are b ...more
Jun 16, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really great story about friendship and changes that people go through in life, including puberty changes. The 13 year old girls in this story talk about stuff like how cute boys are and how they heard one boy in particular was "sexually expereinced." At one point, Steph stands in front of the mirror and looks at her pubic hair that has been thickening. Also, they talk about getting their boobies and periods.
While none of this is really shocking stuff to find in a preteen's book, I f
Oct 04, 2010 Ana705 rated it it was amazing
this is my favorite book! it's very nice and funny. i love this book because, this book reminds me of friendship and somthing that kind of happened to me. and my friends. if you LOVE realistic fiction READ THIS BOOK NOW!!! i thought the conflicts were very clear and the charecters emotions were very realsitic. so... read this book
Jun 11, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Grade: B+

Rachel and Stephanie have been best friends for five years, since second grade. When Allison moves into the neighborhood and the three girls be BFFs, or is someone always the third week?

Judy Bloom had a way of capturing the essence of tweens on the cusp of adolescence in a way that's as relevant now than when she first published JUST AS LONG AS WE'RE TOGETHER in the 1970s as it is today. Although her books lack the electronics gadgets millennials find necessary, the feelings of first bo
Nov 06, 2008 Xing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a very good book. This book is about three girls, they are very good friends. This is their first year of high school just like me. When i was reading this book, i just went to the high school about one month. I understand how they felt about the high school.
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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 Fu ...more
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