Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

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It is the story of twelve-year-old Margaret Simon who is worried she'll never have anything to put in her bra, won't know how to kiss a boy when the time comes, and worst of all, will be the last in the PTS club to get her period. As if all that weren't enough, she's getting used to a new home and a new school. Her private talks with God are special to her, but is she supposed to be Jewish or Christian?
Publisher: New York : Dell Yearling, 2004, c1970..
ISBN: 9781481409933
9780440904199
0440904196
9780440404194
0440404193
9780689841583
0689841582
9780027109917
0027109917
9780130458568
0130458562
Call Number: Kids Fiction
BLUME
Characteristics: 149 p. ; 20 cm
Subjects: Teenage girls -- Juvenile fiction.
Religions -- Juvenile fiction.
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction.
Puberty -- Juvenile fiction.
Self-actualization (Psychology) in adolescence -- Juvenile fiction.

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GCPL_Teen Jun 29, 2017

This classic is a great choice for girls facing personal conflicts of faith. Many girls will identify with the growing pains that come with being a young woman and the difficulties that can face friends who experience puberty at different rates.


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mountainsandhills
Dec 14, 2019

I was surprised to see how the book glorified pornography. Instead of seeing pornography as a way of enslaving women, the book held porn as an ideal for young girls. I would not recommend it to adults, let alone the pre-teen age group at which it is aimed.

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DeyaMirkov
Nov 04, 2019

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
FIVE STARS!!!

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MKBrosnihan
Oct 31, 2019

This book was/is forbidden in my grade school for teaching women about their bodies. :O So I read it as an adult. I feel like it would have been helpful as a young girl. It would have told me that other girls have the same problems/questions as me. As an adult woman it was basically useless to me. But, I think every young girl should read it.

Donna_R Oct 03, 2019

What a joy it was to revisit this with my pre-teen kid who find it utterly absorbing. Like those oft mentioned Teenage Softies.

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Tattedlady60
Feb 12, 2019

I sure hope this book is updated and the girls are using tampons or other current feminine products. Unless you're over 50(like me), you probably don't know what a pad with a "belt" means.
When I see the commercial with the lady embarrassed to buy adult diapers, I always think she's Margaret because Margaret couldn't face buying feminine products from a male clerk.

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Lady_Librarian
Nov 06, 2018

I decided to pick this up after Judy Blume sold the film right for it. Of course it's a very well known coming-of-age book. Admittedly, I never picked it up because I was unsure of how religious it would be (based on the title) and me being very not religious. This was actually really good and not religious or at least not trying to push any specific message in regards to that. The main character, Margaret, is very relatable. Highly recommend to all girls and women.

LPL_SarahM Nov 01, 2018

I just read this for the first time (at age 42) and found it to be a nearly perfect book.

JCLHeatherM Oct 12, 2018

12 year old Margaret Simon just wants to fit in when her family moves to New Jersey. Facing peer pressure, boy troubles, and a religious identity crisis, Margaret finds the courage to forge her own path and decides that it's better just to be herself.

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readingfairy
Jul 24, 2018

An okay book, but a little bit boring; there could have been more to the story. I wanted Margaret to make a decision or come to a conclusion about her religion (and also her friendships and puberty struggles), but it just kind of ended. It was not as good as I expected, I think this book is overrated.
If you liked this book you'll enjoy the Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 05, 2018

Margaret is your typical young girl on the brink of adolescence, which can be tricky after moving schools and meeting new friends. However, what she did not anticipate, was people’s reactions to her not identifying with any specific religion. To Margaret, she felt as though she had her own relationship with God that no one else knew about. This book can be very relatable if you have ever had a similar experience where you didn’t exactly connect with a religion, but still felt a presence in your life. While reading this, you will feel as though you are experiencing Margaret’s feelings first hand and like you know her in real life. I would rate this book 4.5/5 stars, and recommend it to anyone who is currently dealing with personal issues and wants a touching and relatable story. - @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Charlise101
Jun 22, 2016

Love it great way to start being a girl

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blue_dog_8834
Jun 21, 2015

great book!
have no other words to say to this awesome book ;)

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readsalot80
Jul 26, 2014

Margaret Simon, age eleven moves from New York to New Jersey. She is trying to find a religion but through out the book, she talks to God about what is happening in her life. She meets a neighbor girl and this helps with the new school. She joins a secret club with three friends with rules that include wearing a bra, telling the others when they get their periods and listing the boys they like. During the school year, Margaret learns about family, religion, boys, and finding that people aren't always what they seem.

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hy0277
Jun 30, 2014

margret moves to new jersey and tries to fit in her new school

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