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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  7,460 ratings  ·  399 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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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
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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
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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.
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
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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
Priya Jain
...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
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
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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
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R.
I think I did not read much Judy Blume growing up, but I wish I had. This is fantastic. The characters all feel so real, something that I think did not interest me when I was younger. The dialogue, the characters' personality quirks and weird conversations, all of the stress and drama and boys and total obliviousness to the larger world in which adults must navigate all kinds of demands and responsibilities (with, perhaps, the exception of Stephanie and Bruce's peace movement -- and Judy Blume d ...more
Kaitlyn
Oct 09, 2014 Kaitlyn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mostly for girls
Over the summer, while picking my summer reading books, I read the blurb to Just As Long As We're Together, I was right away interested. I started to read the book and found that I couldn't close it. Every time I was about to close the book, something new always came up. I had to keep going. I am very impressed by the way that this book was put together. I really liked how each conflict was solved differently. It really kept the book together and going. After reading Just As Long As We're Toget ...more
Stephanie Heddon
This was my all time favorite book from childhood - middle school!
Bansuri
I read this book back when I was in about 6th or 7th grade, and I had just started middle school. It is an absolutely incredible book and I recommend it to anyone of any age, but to be more specific I think girls who are in 7th or 8th grade will particularly love it.

A quick summary:

We are introduced to a girl named Stephanie, who is best friends with a girl named Rachel. When they are about to start their 7th grade year, Steph meets a girl named Alison and they soon become great friends. However
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jackie
I'll remember this book and Jeremy dragon forever!
Jessi
One of my favorite Judy Blume books.
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
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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
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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
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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
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Lauren Ward
Lauren Ward
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5-3-13

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
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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
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