“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.” by Judy Blume was in the reading list of the young girl from the international school I was coaching for English.
To prepare for our book discussions, I looked for the book in the library and totally enjoyed it 🙂
Margaret Simon is a 12 year old girl (sixth grade) whose parents move out of New York into New Jersey for a better life, in which case here refers to getting Margaret away from her Jewish grandmother…
Margaret’s mother is a Christian and you’ll find out how poorly and un-Christian her family is later in the story!
Anyway, Margaret’s parents want her to grow up and discover for herself which religion (if any) she would go for once she’s really sure. Because of this, Margaret is estranged from her beloved grandmother who loves her very much. Hmm…
Although the book starts out with a RELIGION tag, you’ll find that “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” is a beautiful, coming-of-age story that is a perfect read for pre-teens out there.
You’ll read about Margaret:
- adjusting to a new neighborhood and a new school;
- making new friends – she finds herself in a clique of one of the “coolest” girls in school but finds out surprising facts about her later on…
- growing up and dealing with puberty i.e. periods, breasts, BOYS
- finally realizing that it’s OK to know what you like / dislike and stick with your decision even if it feels like it’s the wrong thing to do.
Our world today is sooooo crazy with peer pressure pushing our kids into trying out cigarettes, alcohol, drugs and violence, it’s increasingly difficult to be a parent or a teacher steering our young people towards the right direction.
It’s even more difficult to be a teenager, I think!
Looking for a Christmas present? Buy “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” or a collection of her books “Best of Blume: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret/Blubber/Iggie’s House/Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself.”
I know I’m checking out Judy Blume’s other books because this lady can write 🙂