The beloved coming-of-age novel from the author whose “name has long been synonymous with young adult fiction” (Los Angeles Times).
“Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret is very special.” —Amy Poehler (Vulture)
“Generations of teenage girls have grown up reading the tales of teenage angst told by beloved author Judy Blume.” —Mashable
Margaret Simon, almost twelve, has just moved from New York City to the suburbs, and she’s anxious to fit in with her new friends. When she’s asked to join a secret club she jumps at the chance. But when the girls start talking about boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret starts to wonder if she’s normal. There are some things about growing up that are hard for her to talk about, even with her friends. Lucky for Margaret, she’s got someone else to confide in . . . someone who always listens.
“The first Judy Blume books I read. . . served as a kind of introduction to myself.” —John Green quoted in The New York Times
“Mention Judy Blume to almost any woman under a certain age and you're likely to get this reaction: Her face lights up, and she's transported back to her childhood self — curled up with a book she knows will speak directly to her anxieties about relationships, self-image and measuring up.” —NPR
“Fans, readers, booksellers — even other authors and celebrities — often dissolve into tears upon meeting [Judy Blume], confessing that books like “Forever ... ” and “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret” got them through adolescence; taught them about sex, love and friendship; and provided their first glimpse of adulthood.” —The New York Times
“Blume wasn’t the first writer to legitimize and celebrate the interior life of young girls. . . . But Blume’s work feels significantly more influential than that of her predecessors and peers.” —The New Yorker
“These stories belong to young women. Real young women.” —Diablo Cody, Entertainment Weekly
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
For those returning to this classic for the second (or 10th) time, we have excellent news: It’s still awesome. And for newcomers to this witty and sensitive exploration of adolescence—lucky you! Judy Blume’s 1970 YA novel follows 12-year-old Margaret as she moves with her family from New York City to New Jersey and attempts to do the impossible: navigate her new suburban existence while juggling middle school, first crushes, peer pressure, and parental expectations. Thanks to Blume’s signature warmth and wry humor, Margaret’s story is as apt today as it was decades ago.
Judy Blume's body of work returns to her original editor, Richard Jackson, with the rerelease of four classics in hardcover. An African-American family moves to all-white Grove Street in Iggie's House, to be released in April. The author's breakthrough title, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, about 11-year old Margaret Simon's struggles with puberty and religion, is now available in hardcover as well as in a Spanish-language edition, Estas ahi Dios? Soy yo, Margaret. Two additional titles came out last season: Blubber takes on preteen teasing; and It's Not the End of the World explores the effects of divorce.
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My mom made me read this book. I thought it was going to be dreadful. But after I finished it, I loved it! It's a story about growing up and dealing with "girl problems". It's funny, cute, and overall a good read. Give it a chance (:
I adored this book when I was growing up and entering the awkward preteen years. I now have passed my copy onto my 12 year old daughter. I hope it does for her what it did for me when I was younger. I plan on giving it to my 7 year old in a few years as well. Such a great read. Absolutely worth every penny. Lead character addresses many issues all per teens face. Am I ever going to grow up? Am I growing in the right places etc.
Great book! I really enjoyed it!