Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

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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
Publisher: New York : Random House Children's Books, 2012
ISBN: 9780307817747
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Mar 19, 2018

I used to own this book when I was younger, definitely not as into it reading it now.

Feb 09, 2018

Wish with all my heart I was aware of this book's existence at its original time of publication. I was then exactly the same age as the young protagonist, and shared a lot of her insecurities; reading this might have helped where clueless (and absent) adults failed me.

Jan 28, 2018

The book talks about puberty and friendships more than God. I liked it very much when I was 12 even though I wasn't dealing with some of those issues. At the end, yes, she feels pressured to choose one religion over another. Her father and mother's parents are from two different religions, and one is not accepting of another's.

Sep 20, 2017

I know a lot of others adore this book, but I personally don't see what's so wonderful. It seems to be focusing more on inappropriate things and less about Margaret actually talking to god. It seems more like God is just an imaginary friend to Margaret. She could call him Santa and the relationship wouldn't change at all.

AL_JENNY Aug 08, 2017

As a young person this book was in heavy rotation on my reading list. I saw myself in Margaret's search for faith and floundering journey through puberty. I recently read it as an adult and I still love it. This book navigates the perilous preteen years with humor and the sweet awkwardness of being a kid.

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.

Jan 15, 2017

This book is so good that I finished it in one day.
I think this book is most suitable for grades 5-8

LPL_KimberlyL Sep 28, 2016

I somehow missed reading any Judy Blume when I actually was a pre-teen, but experiencing this book for the first time at 25 was its own unique experience. It was like opening up a time capsule to the days when things were much simpler, yet infinitely more dramatic. Never has there been a character I could relate to more than Margaret Simon!

Jul 06, 2016

I liked this book! Margaret a nice 11 year old girl has just moved and is dealing with those normal problems ( the girly ones). I think I should have probably read it a little earlier on , I just wanted an honest short book.

Jul 02, 2016

I loved, loved this book. It's about a girl named Margaret, who's experiencing life as a teenager. This book tells you also a bit about what's going to happen as you grow older. Judy Blume just made this book so irresistible. If you are looking for a book to read, read this one.

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Jun 22, 2016

Love it great way to start being a girl

Jun 21, 2015

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

Jun 21, 2015

Great book!!🙏👍

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.

Jun 30, 2014

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


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Laura_X Jun 01, 2016

Are you there God? It's me, Margaret.

Jul 01, 2014

good book


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