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

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How can you be best friends with someone who keeps secrets from you—important secrets?

Stephanie’s best friend is Rachel. Since second grade they’ve shared everything, good and bad. Now, as they start seventh grade, Stephanie meets Alison, who has just moved to their neighborhood. Stephanie hopes all three of them can be best friends, because she really likes Alison. But is...more
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Laurel Leaf (first published January 1st 1986)
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Ola
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...more
Jill
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
Meg
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 emulate...so 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...more
Jaime Nicole
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...more
Suzanne
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
Jenny Rebecca
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.
Ana705
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
Xing
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.
Jen
This is probably my favorite Judy Blume book to this day. A great story about friends and how they drift apart and come together. Very true to life, and something I definitely related to as a kid (and still do as an adult).
Briana_romain
Honestly if I could rate this book any lower I would. This is one of the most childish,stereotypical, mind numbing books I have ever read. The book starts off as any typical book would; a girl named Stephanie moves into a new neighborhood,in present day Connecticut,closer to her "best friend" Rachel.
Eventually she finds that a new girl has moved in down the street named Allison. They all become great friends and are readying themselves for seventh grade. One of the first conflicts is when all o...more
Stephanie Heddon
This was my all time favorite book from childhood - middle school!
jackie
I'll remember this book and Jeremy dragon forever!
Alissa Bach
Read this one when I was maybe only a year or two older than the characters. At the time, I was a member of a BFF Triangle, much like in the book, so I really related to how the dymanics of such a group can shift on a daily basis. Sometimes it was Lisa and I; Sometimes it was Lisa and Theresa; Sometimes it was the three of us; Sometimes... You get the idea. Anyway, I remember reading, re-reading, and enjoying this book many times before it finally got lost somewhere along the way. Most likely my...more
Awilma Acosta
I really liked this book I think it is great for people our age and it is something that we, well I, can relate to. Especially the annoying brother. Its about Rachel Robinson, a thirteen year old straight A+ student and a gifted musician with a different outlook on life, who is not surprised when she hears that her brother Charles has been expelled from his boarding school in Vermont and has to come home and live with Rachel, her sister Jessica and her mum and dad. What she didn't expect is that...more
Victoria Aldea
The issue of being left out when it comes to having more then just one best friend is always an issue and when it comes to Stephanie, Allison and Rachel, it is no different. Stephanie and Rachel have been best friends for ages, telling each other their secrets and about their life at home with their families and they always have the funnest times and now they are going to Junior high school together. Then a new girl moves in, her name is Allison who was adopted when she was younger. Because Rach...more
Jordan Mierek
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
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
Jennifer
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Marblesaurus
The last Judy Blume I read, 'Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret,' I didn't find that much fascinating and since then I haven't picked up her work for a while although I know she is one of the most popular teenage story writers.

Then I found one of my students became a big fan of her books and she was reading her books nonstop. From her reviews I was interested in this title and I was able to see why she was hooked. Yes, Judy Blume is a really talented storyteller. She built up very real chara...more
Ashley
What an adorable book!

I've never read a Judy Blume book before, and now I'm kicking myself that I didn't read them as a 12-13 year old. Being 24 (and realizing with a sinking feeling that 12 years was half my life ago) I sometimes forget what it was like to be in middle school. The responsibilities and dramatics of being an adult are no less daunting than the responsibilities and dramatics of being a young teenager: the helplessness of watching your parents relationship falling apart, hating an...more
Pandora
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...more
Kristen
Judy Blume mainly writes books about young adult issues. This book deals with divorce, adoption, parent pregnancy, and loss of friendship. Many young girls will relate to what Stephanie and her friends are going through in “Just as Long as We’re Together”. I remember my friends going through many of these issues during middle school. This is a good realistic story for young adults.
I liked this book. In some parts the girls were a little too emotional, but thirteen- year old girls would connect...more
Lauren Ward
Lauren Ward
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Just as Long as We’re Together

No one portrays a better example of middle school friendships and drama than Judy Blume, author of "Just as Long as We’re Together." Judy Blume does an excellent job describing what young teenage girls experience and how they change during their years in middle school. This nonfiction novel takes place in and around J.E. Fox Junior High School. Stephanie Hirsch narrates it during her 7th grade year. The story centers on the relat...more
Lauren McIntosh
This novel is great all -around novel for anyone who loves drama filled stories. The main character in this story is Stephanie. Stephanie and her best friend Rachel are finally finished their last year of middle school. As Stephanie is walking around her neighbourhood she notices a girl who looks to be the same age as her. As Stephanie greeted her, she introduced herself as Allison. Stephanie and Allison begin talking and realize that they have a lot in common. Stephanie is hoping that Allison a...more
Laura Hughes
This was one of my favorite books when I was 10. It had many qualities that appealed to me:

* The short chapters depict little episodes of ordinary life in middle school, many of which are not especially consequential to the plot or themes. For example, why is there a chapter where the class clown finds the teacher's contact lens? I loved little details like that, with little or no payoff down the road. Partly it's because I was opposed to the idea that books needed a plot or themes. They are don...more
Tracy
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Shana
I'm on a nostalgic book kick lately and this one hit the spot, so to speak. I think this is one of Judy Blume's best books. There's something about the main character, Stephanie, that's very refreshing and real. Also, side note, I noticed this book has a lot of parallels to another JB book I really like, Summer Sisters. Partially the girls' collective fascination with Jeremy Dragon, and how he gives them a group nickname. Anyway, a book from my childhood that I felt has really held up.
Bethany
It was so funny re-reading this book after all these years. It reminds me so much of life with my best friend when I was that age. The walking each other home multiple times a day (just to hang out longer) and playing endless games of spit were things that actually happened with us. I love how Judy Blume always captured realistic feelings of growing up. Her books are pretty timeless to me. I can't wait to re-read it again in 10 years!
Iris
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I liked how the story made me feel like I was really there. Judy Blume did a very good job especially when it comes to the conversations of the girls. It's like they were speaking for themselves! The way they talk (how Blume has written it) was truly convincing that the characters were teens. I kind of feel depressed for Stephanie and Alison because Rachel seems to be the perfect girl. I just didn't like how Rachel treated...more
Presley
This book is about Stephanie Hirsch, who is nearly thirteen and is about to start middle school. She has a couple of problems that come with that. She has a new friend, and as she spends time with that new friend, it feels like she is spending less time with her best friend. Probably the biggest problem on her plate is that her parents are separated. This is a big transition for Stephanie, who is also the narrator of the book. Her parents have always been together, and the fact that Stephanie's...more
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