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

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

byJudy Blume

Paperback | April 29, 2014

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Margaret shares her secrets and her spirituality in this iconic Judy Blume novel, beloved by millions, that now has a fresh new look.

Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She’s just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends—Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong.

But none of them can believe Margaret doesn’t have religion, and that she isn’t going to the Y or the Jewish Community Center. What they don’t know is Margaret has her own very special relationship with God. She can talk to God about everything—family, friends, even Moose Freed, her secret crush.

Margaret is funny and real, and her thoughts and feelings are oh-so-relatable—you’ll feel like she’s talking right to you, sharing her secrets with a friend.
Judy Blume is considered one of the world's best-known writers for young adults. She was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1938. She earned a degree in education. Blume has written over 20 books. Titles such as "Are You There, God? It's Me Margaret", "Then Again, Maybe I Won't", and "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" are widely recogniz...
Title:Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.6 inPublished:April 29, 2014Publisher:415231986Language:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply loved it!!! When I was a teenager I used to LOVE Judy's books!! And I still do.. The first book I read of Judy's!!
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book as a young girl I read every book by Judy I felt as though she understood me. A bit dated but my daughters enjoyed the book as well.
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great book for girls. I read this book when I was younger. I enjoyed it so much that I bought it for my daughter to read. She also liked it. I recommend it to all 12 year old girls, but it is an incredible story for all ages. Judy Blume is a great author. She tackles big subjects in this book.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE One of my all time favourite books! I still love this book as an adult! So cute, realistic and funny.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Loved I've loved Judy Blume's work since I was young, and still have a few novels of her's on my ever-growing bookshelf. My favorite by far has always been this novel and I'd recommend it to any girl or woman regardless of age!
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Loved this book as a pre-teen
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from always loved this book This was one of my favorites growing up, and now that I have a daughter of my own, I can't wait to read it with her in the next year or two
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book for young girls Great read for young girls. Enjoyed it greatly when I was a child
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not realistic Don't know any girl who was excited to get her period. Not realistic. All my friends and any girl I knew hated their periods and did not think it was the beginning of womanhood.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pre-teen Read! One of my favorite books as a younger gal, addresses all the concerns of a soon to be teen in a funny and lighthearted (and definitely awkward) way!
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Probably A little Outdated Now... I read this about 20 years ago on the cusp of becoming a teenager and remember it being one of the ONLY books around that talked about the things that were going on with mine and my friend's bodies. These days, the subject isn't *as* taboo and there is more access to information that ever before, but back in the day, Judy Blume was the Queen.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from awkward yet good easy read. I had heard many different reviews on 'Are you there God? It's me, Margaret'. It had mostly reviews from friends and family saying it was a great coming of age novel. However, this book was okay. A little awkward at times, but it was easy to get through. I have to disagree with them saying that it was a really good book. I enjoyed it, I however wished it was a little more detailed in areas where she gave little. The most descriptive parts in the novel I found, were too descriptive and long winded. The book also ended with leaving some questions behind. Like did she tell her friends about what happened to her at the end? How did she do on her end of year assignment? Did she have more of a relationship with her other grandparents? What happened between her paternal grandmother and the new gentleman in her life? I would be curious as to see if Judy comes out with another one. It would be nice to get some closure on the book. I can not say I will read this book again. At least for another 30 years.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Awkward Teen Book Loved Judy Blume as a kid and this book is a timeless classic. I read this book more times than I can count
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not what I expected Growing up I never read a lot of Judy Blume books. I only picked up this book because it was on a banned books list and my friend and I are playing Book Bingo and I had to read a banned book. I can totally see why this book would be banned. That being said, even if it wasn't banned I still don't know that I liked it a whole lot. I definitely wouldn't want my future child reading it without a proper understanding of a lot of what was discussed. I might recommend it to parents of pre-teens just so they know about a lot of the crazy things that can go on. Like I said, I never read a lot of Judy Blume growing up, and a lot of the things that happened in this book didn't happen to me either. My friends however did read Judy Blume and they also had secret girl clubs. I don't know if it was because of the way I was raised or because I didn't read Judy Blume, but I don't think I missed out on a whole lot. I will say this book shows us how society has been set up for future generations failure. Ideas such as "everybody is doing it" and "I must belong" or "I want to be normal" are not great philosophies to use as we raise our future generations or a way to live life in general.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite... Not my favourite Judy Blume novel, but great nonetheless. Enjoyed her other books much more when I was younger. Never re-read this one.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked reading it as a child A very cute coming of age novel. I'll always remember that Margret didn't have a set religion, and that made me feel really good in believing that I could just talk to God.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it as a child There is a reason why this book is still readable after so many years...every young girl can relate to it. Give it to your daughters #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Teenage Read Remember this book fondly about young love and getting your period. It was such an influential book for my generation but I wonder if this generation would feel the same way. Seems they are so much more sophisticated and worldly at a much younger age. Since it is the author's birthday today I am planning to pick it up for my neice and see what she thinks.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from aww read it many years ago, it was nice
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book Good story about being a teenager. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it It was a good teenage girl story
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Strange Book But I enjoyed it. Reading other Judy Blume novels, I had high anticipations for this one. It was good.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Good book. Talks about something that no other books talk about.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite One of my favourite books from my pre-teens. I think I might of read this book about 8 times, and I will probably read it again now in university.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Pre-teen book Judy Bloom is an amazing writer and this book is so great for a girl getting to that awkward puberty stage.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book Such a great book then & now..
Date published: 2015-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this a preteen Great read for the pre teen girl.
Date published: 2015-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite book as a child Excellent read. Still enjoy it as an adult. Helped me get through some rough times as a child.......
Date published: 2015-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Are u there God? Its me, Margret It was a nice story of a girl who was caught between two religions- Jewish and Christian. I love Judy blume books because they are funny and meaningful.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yoyoyo We must we must we must increase our bust! sooo funny!!!!!!!! i absolutly loved this book it was soo good!!!
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful!! I can really relate to this book!Pre-teen book. Love it! Classic!! I can read it over so many times!
Date published: 2014-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this book Next to the fudge series this is my favorite Judy blume book. Shows the issues children can have and a nice portrayal of the feelings and emotions regarding religion, especially if the parents are different religion. Lovely book and well balanced.
Date published: 2014-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I like the way this book pictures Margaret's connection with God. It's unconditional and without any judgement. Very good book to learn about our connection with God, without any religion matters, or whether you believe Him or not.
Date published: 2014-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Are you there god its me Margaret. I loved this book except for the period texts and things like that but other wise I love it.
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Are you there god its me Margaret. I love Judy Blume and this book is another one of her great books!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Totally awesome book. My mum read it when she was a kid and it's still great today. Just wish there was more about Laura...
Date published: 2013-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret: An Absolute Classic Very few classics are left that I still care about reading some day. Hemingway I have always found a colossal overblown bore, so he never qualified for further perusal. That Russian guy I am too lazy to google who writes about the Brothers Whatitsname have held zero enticement for me. But one book existed which I still really wanted to read. It was published in1970 and represented a sea change in children’s literature. And now that I have finally read Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume, I can understand why. This story is fast competing with Kavalier and Clay as my absolute favourite for the year. To say I was blown away by the greatness Judy Blume has created here is an understatement. Wow. The story, for all those who have not been converted already like me, is all about Margaret. She is an eleven year old girl, an only child, whose parents abruptly decide to uproot their lives and move out of New York City. Ending up in a new town, meeting a new friend, developing a new crush on an older boy, and sporting a new fashion sense in order to fit in, Margaret slams through many new concepts over the course of a very short amount of time. To top this all off, she reveals early on that because one parent is Jewish and the other Christian, Margaret has been raised with no religion. To say this causes some eyebrows to arch is an understatement. This, along with other factors, gives her a quest to find a faith, a year long journey filled with questions and adventures. To complicate matters, in Margaret’s young mind, is that she already has a relationship with God, who she talks to every night. Margaret changes and grows, spiritually, socially and physically all through the book. At times she is too gullible, and other points mean, with a whole host of emotions playing out in between. These faults she finds in herself are later admitted to God during their nightly chats. These real world intrusions of pleasures and problems into her manufactured faith is both a hindrance and help to her progress. But what we are really seeing is how a typical young child works through all these issues, real and imagined, to try to find a soft place to exist in their life. A place where they are loved and normal and surrounded by peace. The God Margaret invented helps give her that. Against these weighty philosophically and self esteem issues, Judy Blume does an excellent job filling the backdrop with typical conundrums. Everything from gossips to untrue friends to parental disagreements are on display here, with Margaret quite often the helpless victim. For this frank talk on religion and preteen life, this book has been constantly the target of censors. To add to the fuel for these twits to hate, Margaret and her friends have extremely candid conversations about sex, bras, periods, and all things puberty related. While reading this book, I could feel the candour of the subject matter making the small minded gasp. The fact this was first published in 1970 makes me wonder what shockwaves it created when it premiered. Are you there God? It’s me Margaret may have come out over forty years ago, but in reality it is a timeless tale. A young girl named Margaret trying to find her way, all with the help of her God.
Date published: 2013-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny story So this book was copy rite a long time ago so long ago that my grandma gave it to my mom when she was just a pre-teen. My mom then with her great communication skills gave me this when i was 11 or so to 'clear some questions' she also expected that i learn about what life would be like in the coming months of getting this.
Date published: 2012-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An honest story about growing up, but outstandingly humorous Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume may just be one of my all-time favorite novels. It's a hilarious story about Margaret Simon, a twelve-year-old girl, growing up in the New York area. She has to move to a new town in Farbrook, New Jersey with her parents, away from her grandmother and is trying very hard to adjust with the problems of becoming a teenager. She is faced with many typical pre-teen issues such as school, cute boys, religion, puberty and other growing up factors. She learns how to deal with boys and other "girl" problems through the process of experiment from the help of her mother, grandmother and friends. Most writers would not dare talk about puberty or issues relating to a girl's physical growth, but Judy Blume talks about these issues with a little humorous spice to it. Even though I'm not a girl and can not relate to Margaret's life, I enjoy reading this book because it talks about realistic issues and problems that made me laugh out loud. Moments like setting up a girl group to talk about cute boys, measuring their breast size, talking about their bra size and if they had their periods yet were just several mirthful moments in the book that made me laughing with tears. Not to reveal too much of the book's detail, but her mother choosing a bra for her at a nearby department store shows an aspect of her growing up, but is also comical to even read about it. This is a great book that talks about learning lessons in life and teaches anyone, especially young teens in how to handle hard choices with a funny style to it. I definitely recommend this book, especially for those young teens out there seeking a companion to relate to.
Date published: 2009-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It's a really good book if your a girl who needs help through the pre-teen years. The book was realistic (in some cases) and that's what I really liked about it. Not a must read but its an ok book (if you're tomboy, I don't really recommend this to you).
Date published: 2009-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Awesome! This is one of m favourite books. It's a good book about what girls go through in life. I reccomend this book to all girls 10 and up! I know this is a short review but I don't want to spoil anything. Any girl should TOTALLY read it.
Date published: 2009-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic It remains one of my favourites a true classic of childhood. Even after 12+ years Im still fond of the connection Margaret feels with god and the creative spirit of the book.
Date published: 2008-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book a girl can read! Ok girls ,this book is a must have.I am not kidding if you want an inspiring, funny, life story book GET THIS ONE! When an 11 year old girl moves to a new house and a new city with new people, life can seem your life is spinning or about to get sick. This is what would happen to a girl named Margaret.With a weird but fun new Freind, A spoil me rotten kind of grand mother and parents that have religious problems, Margarets head is spinning. she cant figure out what religion she want to be so she speaks to god for some refferences. Lets see what Margaret can do about this amazing and changing life!
Date published: 2008-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This book was great! It shows that alot of girls go through the same things. Puberty can be a confusing and difficult time for many girls and this book sympathizes with girls. I highly recomend it.
Date published: 2008-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth Killing Time With Good This book is a good book to give to a pre-teen girl (or maybe boy - he could learn about what girls are going through at this age). It addresses all the normal issues girls are worrying about at this weird stage of life and does it fairly well. The religious aspect of the book was moderately believable. It stresses tolerance and choice, which I think all young people need to have readily available, but also shows the opposite side of the spectrum.
Date published: 2008-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Realistic! well; this book was a great read, very realistic, and it has meaning to it too. i'd very highly reccomend it to any girls aged 10-13, because it was a short read, but very enjoyable.
Date published: 2008-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Book <3 Every girl should read this book before entering High School. It answered so many of my questions!
Date published: 2007-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Girls Ages 9 to 12 Judy Blume is one of the most greatest authors of all time!!!! She's a hilarious author. Judy Blume has written many funny books with a lot of humor for example, Superfudge, Double Fudge, Fude-mania and many others..... This story is about a girl named Margaret almost 12 going through puberty. Also, her mom is Jewish and her dad is a Christian. She doesn't know which religion to go with........... anyway, she moved to the New York suburbs and she really wants to fit in with the rest of the girls at her new school. When she gets to her new school, her new friends asks her if she wants to join a club. When they start the club, they talk about boys, bras and getting their first periods. Margaret was afraid that she wasn't growing fast enough and she's worried that she was going to be the last one to get her period.......will she???? Read the book and find out. I loved this book because it's a funny but real story. I 100% recommend this book for girls ages 9 to 12!!! Enjoy :]
Date published: 2007-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read for young girls! This book is truly inspiring and a must read for young girls. It prepares girls for puberty and what they may be facing in their teenage years. It is definitely a book to read more than once!! I would recommened all of judy Blumes other books to any girl.
Date published: 2006-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWSUM This was such a good gets you prepared a bit about puberty....i sugest this book to any girl...great light read!
Date published: 2006-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever This book was special to me because every book I have read has not been the same!!!!!No book can compared to it.I read this book when I was 10 and I was really inspired by it.My Mom read it to,and so did my aunt ,so I have to say I will definetly countinue the tradtion for my children and forever!!!Amazing Work Judy!!!!
Date published: 2005-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book This book is a wonderful book. I am 12 years old and it was comforting to know what to do if you get your period (to always carry around an extra pair of clothes) This is a book that I read in 4 days I am going to read it again and again until i get sick of it. Judy Blume is a great author Keep up the Good WORK
Date published: 2004-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret I read this book when I was about Margaret's age (about 25 years ago) and to this day, I believe it to be one of the best books I've ever read. I related so completely to Margaret that I wished she was real so we could be best friends. Judy Blume has the wonderful gift of presenting life's tribulations to pre-teens in such a realistic way that they can't help but feel better about things. My copy of Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret is in my bedside table drawer all these years later. I re-read it annually to remember the simpler times in my life (that didn't feel simple at the time) and to ponder the probability that life as a 38-year old is not as difficult as it seems either. I believe this wonderful book should be required reading in Grade 5 or 6; I highly recommend it and give it 5 big stars.
Date published: 2002-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Girls Life This book "Are you there god its me Margeret" is realistic book about a girls life and the ups or downs that girls are going to go throw.This page turner is about Margaret and how she must dicide on what religion she would like to have and the many other difficulties that she is going throw.This book on parents care and a grand mothers love touched me in a way i have never been touched before. if you are looking for a book on a child's fear of what could happen because of some choices she is making, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2000-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fond Memories I was so happy to find this book is still around. I read it when I was twelve years old, and it changed my whole outlook on life. At a time when is was so hard to talk to your mother about the changes in your body and the struggle your body goes through, this book made me realize there were alot of us out there. Thank you, Judy Blume. You helped me through an especially hard time in my life.
Date published: 2000-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *~A Great Book~* Hi, I'm Sarah, and I'm 12 years old. I read this book when I was 11, and it was the greatest book! I definitely recommend it to teens who are starting to reach puberty. It teaches people about friends, boys, puberty, school, religion, and family life. So I rate "Are You There, God? It's me, Margaret?":***** FIVE STARS!!!
Date published: 2000-07-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from JASMINE THIS BOOK WAS COOL.
Date published: 2000-02-13