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Just as Long as We're Together

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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  11,430 ratings  ·  647 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? ...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published April 9th 2001 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published January 1st 1986)
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Samantha It's more of a middle-grade read. The sentences and vocabulary aren't very complex and the main characters are in 7th grade.…moreIt's more of a middle-grade read. The sentences and vocabulary aren't very complex and the main characters are in 7th grade.(less)

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Jan 19, 2009 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
May 15, 2011 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
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Somehow the only Judy Blume book I read during my childhood/adolescence was 'Superfudge', the third in the Fudge series. I'm a little unsure how she managed to mostly pass me by, as I would have adored her. As it is, I'm quite happily catching up now, but I know that many of her books, including this one, would have resonated deeply with younger me.
This is very engaging and easy to read, but it also covers a lot -- the complexity of friendship, growing up, parents separating etc. Judy Blume re
Now while I in fact do not always all that much like Stephanie Hirsch, the twelve going on thirteen year old narrator of Judy Blume's Just as Long as We're Together (and actually sometimes do tend to find both her old best friend ultra-organized brainiac Rachel Robinson and even her somewhat flighty and universally popular new best friend Alison Monceau sometimes a bit more universally likeable and not as inherently conflicted and problematic) I do have to admit that emotionally speaking (althou ...more
Jenny Rebecca
Feb 02, 2009 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. ...more
This is probably close to my millionth re-read of Judy Blume's 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. ...more
I read this book in 5th grade (1994ish?). I will always remember it as the book that made me realize my dad wasn't really on a very long business trip! :D Slightly traumatic at the time, but it makes me laugh now! ...more
It's both annoying and impressive that I can recall nearly verbatim passages from a book I read over 30 years ago, but I can't remember add toilet paper to my Instacart order even when I place it 15 minutes after putting the last roll on the holder.

Welcome to middle age, bitch!

I loved this book as a kid, and it was a really enjoyable rereading experience now. My mom had bought it for me when I was 9--I don't know where she heard of it because this was in ye olden times when the internet was pret
Jenny Bunting
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rereads
This was a childhood favorite growing up and I guess I'm getting real nostalgic this Christmas and I reread it. I'm being conservative when I say I've read it three times.

I really believe that all middle-schoolers should be shipped to a deserted island until high school. Stephanie was insufferable and Rachel got on my damn nerves. So pretentious and snotty. The writing was decent and I liked that the story had no real plot; it just followed the girls around in their everyday life.

Still, I remem
May 31, 2017 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. ...more
Molly Sanchez
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreakingly sweet and relatable. The weight stuff is hard to read, and makes my heart ache for Steph. Still Judy does a good job of subtly talking about racism once. It's also a good snap shot of how lacksidasical boomers and beyond were about body issues and the emotional toll divorce could take. I wish everyone in this book was nicer to Steph. ...more
Diana Welsch
Jul 31, 2011 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
Feb 26, 2015 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 07, 2015 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
The characters to in this to me did not act like 7th graders AT ALL. It may be that they were just a group of immature girls, or that the author does not exactly understand how middle schoolers are. To me, these characters were equivalent to 4th graders.
Of course, I took this book lightly because it is just suppose to be a fun read considering it’s a middle-grade book, but compared to other Judy Blume books, this was 2nd to last on my list of favorites.
Holly Casio
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was so worried that this might not be as wonderful as I remembered it. This was my fave book about friendship jealousy and breakups when I was younger and reading it now I still had all the same feelings.All of the book's breakups centre around best friends and families rather than any pointless boy crush related heartache. Theres still a few things now which make me cringe like some of the descriptions around Steph's weight gain but ultimately the deep dive of complicated best friendships men ...more
Judy Blume is at her best for children's and coming of age books. And the most important of all, I love how she wraps the lessons in an excellent and attracting stories. I was not disappointed at all, absolutely love her friendship stories. ...more
Esme Ireland
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was absolutely amazing and I loved the drama!
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
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-the-children
Judy Blume is one of my favorite Juvenile Fiction Authors. She has his way with words and creating these characters that have so much heart! Her introduction to this book got me slightly teary-eyed. She talked about having good friends and how sometimes they come and go, and she talked about finding your best friend. That person that you just click with and it's so easy. She also talked about how it is a STRUGGLE being a part of a trio of friends. I have had my fair share of trios ...more
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 15, 2013 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.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I laughed the whole way through! It was amazing, spectacular and heartwarming
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Still a classic, after all these years. <3
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having read that "Are You There God, It's Me Margaret" may be made into a movie, I thought it would be fun to re-read some of my favorite Judy Blume books and read ones that I have missed. Just As Long As We're Together is my favorite by her. I read and re-read it many times in my younger years. Even now as an adult and re-reading it all those childhood memories came rushing back... I could relate to all the characters, especially Stephanie... She reminded me of myself when I was that age! Defin ...more
Kelsi Allen
This book is cute. Maybe cute is the wrong word. It’s important for young girls and preteens. I wish I would have discovered it when I was young and super into Judy Blume. There were a lot of things that my seventh grade self would have related to. I’ve always admired Judy Blume for her writing style and support of the awkward years. She covers heavy topics in a very relatable way. This is definitely a book I’ll save to give to my future daughters, if I have any.
Grace Mundy
Jul 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
I did not really like it. This book was meant for
girls, not boys, and if boys read it they would be so confused. I decided to continue reading this in late 6th grade because this is about 3 6th grade girls, and I think I would understand it more if I was in there shoes. Although, the authors craft was amazing. I read young adult books, like The Hunger Games, and Twilight, but if this book had a little less detail, and a little more believable then this book would be an amazing book. Reminder:I d
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the book, it talks about three friends, or that's what Stephanie thought. This book shows how friendship can be hard but they will always be there for you when you need them. The book shows that all friends are important new and old and that you should try to solve the problem you have with them before they get worse. ...more
Catherine Rowley
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
I read this book for the first time as a pre-teen in about 2003 or 2004. Seeing it become available on my childhood library's ebooks, I had to reread it! I'm not sure I'm glad I did. I found the characters a lot less relatable at this remove than I did as a pre-teen, but I can appreciate why I enjoyed it then.

Considering that the book was over 15 years old when I first read it and is now over 30 years old, it's aged remarkably well.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: tween, from-library
I am sure I read this many, many years ago, when it was a lot newer. Surprisingly, it hasn't aged all that badly. It reminds me a lot of teaching middle school - all of the painful friend/not friend, lonely, teasing/showing romantic interest, young teen issues. ...more
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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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