Sep 21, 2014

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Life isn't easy for Margaret. She's moved away from her childhood home, she's starting a new school, finding new friends - and she's convinced she's not normal. For a start she hasn't got a clue whether she wants to be Jewish like her father or Christian like her mother. Everyone else seems really sure of who they are. And, worst of all, she's a 'late developer'. She just knows that all her friends are going to need a bra before she does. It's too embarrassing to talk to her parents about these things. So she talks to God instead - and waits for an answer . . .Judy Blume has written some of the best books of our time about real-life issues - family stress and pressures, what happens when your parents divorce, the problems of growing up and sexual awakening, bereavement - with insight, sensitivity and honesty. The response of readers all around the world continues to make her one of the best-loved writers ever published.The classic teen novel from bestselling author Judy Blume. Now available in ebook for the first time to correspond with Judy's visit to the UK.

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Margret moved from New York to a smaller town in New Jersey. Her parents wanted to live in a house with a garden. Margaret misses the city. Especially because now she doesn't have the chance to see her grandma as often as she likes. She quickly finds a friend, but that doesn't help her to feel less insecure. Religion is important in the town, it helps to define where people belong and as Margaret's father is Jewish and her mother is a Christian they've decided she can make up her own mind when she's ready for it. For a school project Margaret tries to find out which religion would suit her best. Meanwhile she's worried, because she doesn't have any breasts yet and she's anxiously awaiting the day she gets her period. She doesn't want to be a late developer. Margaret shares all her worries with God and asks him to help her. 
Margaret is twelve years old and she struggles with a lot of insecurities. She moves to a smaller town where things she'd never given any thoughts matter all of a sudden and that makes her wonder about her own identity. She wants to be normal and her wish is to be like everybody else. She wants to wear a bra and she can't wait to have her period. She's also starting to get interested in boys. I loved reading about what goes on in the mind of this twelve year old girl. I think this is a great book for young girls as they probably have the same issues and questions, but older readers will definitely like it as well. Judy Blume's writing is really good, it's so clever and vivid. The new cover of this book is stunning and most of the things Margaret's thinking about are timeless. I think Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is both original and wonderful.

3 comments:

  1. Margaret Bonass MaddenSeptember 21, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    This was my favourite book growing up. Maybe it was the name ;)

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  2. I've haven't read this one, but it sounds good. I enjoyed her book Forever :)

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  3. Need to read this sian is 12!

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