Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

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Margaret Simon, almost twelve, has just moved from New York City to the suburbs, and she's anxious to fit in with her new friends. When she's asked to join a secret club she jumps at the chance. But when the girls start talking about boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret starts to wonder if she's normal. There are some things about growing up that are hard...more
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books (first published 1970)
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Erin
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 w...more
Stina
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.

K.D. Absolutely
Oct 12, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Time 100
Shelves: chick-lit, time-100, ya
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. Th
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Tiphany
Jan 31, 2008 Tiphany rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who use the word "menses".
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 wa...more
John
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 y...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
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 f...more
anique Halliday
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.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
You have to love a book with the lines "We must, we must, we must increase our busts."
Snarky's
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...more
Bethany
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Jessica
Nov 17, 2007 Jessica rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: don't jump the gun, wait until you're Margaret's age, and totally crazy
This book made no sense to me (no, I didn't read it en español, 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 fam...more
Judy
Nov 05, 2012 Judy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 6th grade girls and their moms

THE SUNDAY FAMILY READ


Judy 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 f...more
melissa
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?
Carolyn Heinze
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.
Crystal
Jul 26, 2007 Crystal rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any female, woman or girl
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 times...really. My copy is so worn the pages are falling out and the binding is completely shot. Judy Blume knows how to write them!!!
Lina
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 exciteme...more
Tina
Original post at One More Page

I think my mom bought this book because God is in the title. If I were only getting this now, I'd buy it for the same reasons, which goes to show how I am such my mother's daughter. :)

I read this just as I was about to turn thirteen, I think. From the very start of the book, I liked Margaret. It's so easy to relate to her. She's a very normal kid with a normal family who has typical questions about growing up. She's feeling changes in her body, and she's learning ab...more
lita
Margareth kebingungan. Guru baru di sekolahnya memberi tugas untuk menuliskan rencana apa yang akan ia lakukan di hari raya nanti. Margareth bingung, karena sejak kecil ia tidak pernah merasakan perayaan hari besar agama di rumah. Ayahnya Yahudi, sementara ibunya penganut Kristen. Margareth tidak tahu agama apa yang ia anut...

Cerita dalam buku ini telah mengajarkanku bagaimana memaknai agama yang ada di dunia, dan bagaimana aku menghargai para penganutnya. Kurang lebih, aku punya pengalaman yang...more
Bethany
May 31, 2007 Bethany rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preteen girls
It's difficult for me to assign ratings to books like this. It's a solid book for pre-teen girls. I must've read it a long time ago, because I totally remember the "I must, I must, I must increase my bust!" business, but I read it again recently, in the interest of being well-informed about the "classics" in children's literature.

Margaret's family is Jewish, she hasn't yet decided, and she's just, you know. She's just trying to grow up, in a new town, with new friends. Blah blah blah periods.
Mery
waktu lagi ngobrol-ngobrol sama Kak Lita, beliau menceritakan masa kecilnya dengan buku-buku yang beliau baca :D

Lalu Kak Lita menyebutkan judul Tuhan, Ini Aku, Margaret karya Judy Blume.

Yang tebersit di kepalaku adalah Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Dengan cover Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. Agak ragu juga sih, sama ga yah maksudnya. Karena cover yang kulihat itu kayaknya baru...

Pas kemarin siaran sama Kak Lita, beliau membawakan buku edisi Gramedia ini... :D

Dan baru pas masukkin entry ini aku ngeh ternyata buku ya...more
Sarah
Aug 19, 2014 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pre-teens and teens alike
Recommended to Sarah by: Lisa Mcmann
Shelves: coming-of-age, ya
Excerpt: “…If I should ever have children I will tell them what religion they are so they can start learning about it at an early age. Twelve is very late to learn.”

This was a fast-read. Composed only of 149 pages and narrated by a girl of 12 years old, if you think reading this book is balderdash, then you're wrong

This book was no nonsense. It talked about big topics like growing up, hitting puberty, peer-pressure and picking out a religion. How is that possible with a short book? I’d leave tha...more
Jessica
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 we...more
Sondang
I bought this book when I was in my elementary school. I remembered asking my dad to give me the money to buy this, after I saw the review in Bobo.
I loooove the story back then, and I guess I still do –but I couldn’t find the book at Gramedia these days, since I lost mine to a friend-
The story is about nine (or ten? Or twelve?) years old Margareth, who had three best friends and a big brother who has a cute friend.
The story is about Margareth’s days and all her wishes as an ackward young girl, w...more
Jodie
Oct 05, 2008 Jodie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults, teenagers
Shelves: young-adult
I remember LOVING this book when I first read it as a younger teen. I want to read it again, since the only part of it I can truly remember is "I must, I must, I must increase my bust!" haha... - I remember thinking why would any girl want to increase the size of her bust? I hated my boobs, they were bigger than all my friends & I was a tomboy! oh, the agony!

I definitely need to get this from the library & read it again.
Jessica
This was the coming of age touchstone for my generation of girls growing up in the 70s (with that iconic purple cover showing Margaret and her hair), and coming across it in the library recently, I was thrilled and a little amazed to see how well it holds up. The highly-publicized tweaks to make self-adhesive the menstrual pads with belts didn't bother me at all, and no doubt makes it more immediate for a contemporary audience, where they might have viewed it as a relic. Blume captures perfectly...more
Jami
I was disappointed after reading this book. I thought it would be more of a deep thinker; it is a story about a teenage girl, Margaret, who moves to a new school and finds a group of friends who are obsessed with growing up. I felt like it blew out of proportion the natural growth that young women go through. I certainly don't remember looking forward for my menstural cycle to start. That seemed to be whole point of the is book. However, Judy Blume is talented in making the reader remember the d...more
meg
so i re-read this a couple of years ago, and i still loved it just as much. but they revised little bits in the text to update it! so weird. all that stuff about her getting her period? all the references to the BELT etc. are now gone. i remember that confusing me even back in the day (aka the 80s), but it's still odd to me to edit stuff like that. but they also slapped a new hideous live action preteen girl cover treatment on it too, so why stop there?!
John Egbert
I like how many issues in this novel are addressed, but I don't like how many characters are two or even one dimensional. Also, the typical stuffy Christian is sort of annoying. Why don't her Christian grandparents love her as much as her Jewish ones do? It's real sad. From what I've read, I should be afraid of Christians. They're all portrayed as stuffy and judgmental. Although I've met a few that are, come ON. Break the mold a little people!
Hope
Mar 28, 2008 Hope added it
I recently unearthed a copy of one of my childhood favorites. I like books with the cover they had on them when *I* read them. Mine was purple with a drawn Margaret in an ugly orange dress. I wonder if updated versions of this book forego the sanitary napkin belts business? I'll have to check at a bookstore.
Veronica
This is a classic coming-of-age book written for female pre-teens. Margaret Simon is eleven going on twelve and the book deals with some of pre-pubescent fears and issues she faces. Having moved to a new home and a new school, she tries to make new friends and fit in. Like most girl tweens, she is also anxious about when she will get her period and when her breasts would develop. More importantly, being a product of an inter-faith marriage (her father is Jewish and her mother is Christian), she...more
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