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

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  9,543 Ratings  ·  514 Reviews
With deft wit and an ear fine-tuned to both inner and outer dialogue, Judy Blume lets three distinct 12-year-olds show readers the truth about their first year of junior high in Connecticut, their families, themselves.
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by Orchard Books (NY) (first published January 1st 1986)
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Jan 19, 2009 Ola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 15, 2011 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
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.
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.
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
May 31, 2017 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, 2017
Judy Blume really is just so great. This tackles a lot of transition - fighting with your best friend, puberty, and your parents having a trial separation/thinking about divorce. It's a lot to handle when you're young and Blume knows all those feelings.
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
Oct 24, 2016 GracieY7 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I laughed the whole way through! It was amazing, spectacular and heartwarming
Jan 08, 2017 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still a classic, after all these years. <3
Nov 15, 2013 J3llyfish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amy Holiday
Jul 03, 2017 Amy Holiday rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
One of my absolute faves growing up. Would love to read it again, but unfortunately, my middle-school copy has been lost to the winds. Will see if I can track it down.
Jun 21, 2017 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read a childhood favorite because I found it on a bookshelf while visiting my parents this past weekend.
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
Diana Welsch
Jul 31, 2011 Diana Welsch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jaime Nicole
Oct 26, 2009 Jaime Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 16, 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
Sep 07, 2015 Pinky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
This is a beautiful book about best friends Stephanie and Reachel, they have been best friends since second grade, and are both going in seventh grade together. When Stephanie meets the new girl Allison they become fast friends, so do Allison and Reachel. But when a unfortunate family event ruins thanksgiving, Stephanie keeps the first secret she has ever kept from Reachel. Will this ruin there friendship? I have loved every millisecond of this amazing book about pure friendship!
Sep 27, 2010 Ana705 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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).
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.
Jan 19, 2014 mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένα αρκετά όμορφο και ευχάριστο βιβλίο που μιλάει για τη φιλία και την πρώτη αγάπη.Απευθύνεται κυρίως στο νεανικό κοινό καθώς είναι αρκετά απλοϊκά γραμμένο ωστόσο οι ηλικίες 10-12 σίγουρα θα το απολαύσουν!
Apr 14, 2011 jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll remember this book and Jeremy dragon forever!
Jul 27, 2011 Jessi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite Judy Blume books.
Reading this book was like being ten again and I'm now a sappy mess. Save me from my crippling nostalgia!
Jan 26, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my all time favorite book from childhood - middle school!
Emily DeGonza
May 15, 2017 Emily DeGonza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The theme of Just as Long as we're Together was you can be friends with who ever you want. You can be friends with who you want was the theme because Stephanie, the main character met a new friend who had just moved in. But Stephanie's best friend Rachel doesn't really like the new girl. Stephanie try's to become friends with all of them but she realizes that they don't really like each other. This book tells you that even if your friends don't like each other that doesn't mean you can't be frie ...more
May 29, 2017 Darby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite Judy Blume book. The story is so realistic, this happens all the time to friends throughout middle school and high school. I think that if everyone read this book there would not be as many fights between friends. Friendship is really important to me and reading this book taught me a lot about it. Great job Judy Blume👏🏻
This was my favorite book for a while in 6th grade. I remembered funny little details of the book, so it was good to see those again.
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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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