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Up past my bedtime, I snuck downstairs, where my parents were entertaining friends, and announced that I had a question about what a period was. Without missing a beat, my mother said "The dot at the end of the sentence. I'm talking about the kind Margaret doesn't get until the end of the book!

Beyond that, it's a great book, but I sure am glad I don't have to use the contraptions Blume describes within as my feminine hygiene products of choice. View all 53 comments. Mar 07, Stina rated it it was amazing. Isn't it pathetic that as a girl, once you learn about periods, you just can't wait to get one, and then for the rest of your life, you just wish the effers would go away?

Except of course, the periods that show up JUST when you need them to- like when one is perhaps a few days late and not super confident in her decision-making skills during the last month. Those periods are probably even better than the satisfaction of that very first one. View all 16 comments. Oct 20, K. Shelves: chick-lit , time , ya.

Why or why not? Because the first person that I love is GOD who created me. And I have my faith and my principles. And these what make makes me who I am. And if that person loves me, he should love my God too. Thank you. Supsup was a architecture board exam topnotcher and a magna cum laude and Margaret was just a 6th grader. But that beauty pageant question and the main conflict in this book are basically the same. Supsup is not willing to change her religion just to make her boyfriend happy. Margaret cannot decide which religion to choose because she does not want to displease any of her grandmothers or her parents interfaith marriage eventually.

In the end, Supsup was crowned as 3rd runner up in the contest. Well, it is TIME and that was my main motivation. The secondary reason was that some of my GR Filipino friends will join me in my visit to my island hometown this weekend and this book could popup as a topic.

Did I enjoy reading this slim book? As a father of a teenage girl, my answer is a resounding yes. For those reasons, hey fathers read this book. View all 29 comments. I was a little scrap of a white girl, growing up, and the daughter of Midwestern parents as well. Mom and Dad were sheltered, small town people who had been relocated to the subtropics of South Florida and raised their children there. Our family was an island of conservatism and traditionalism among an extremely multicultural sea.

Our quiet, casserole-eating crew had very good manners, and spoke quietly, but we spoke not of feelings, and we deferred always to Dad's opinions. In contrast, our Hisp I was a little scrap of a white girl, growing up, and the daughter of Midwestern parents as well. In contrast, our Hispanic, Italian and Jewish neighbors spoke with their hands, and spoke over each other, often giving kisses and full-bodied hugs as they did so. I was attracted to the wildness of these neighbor's homes, and I always felt I'd have developed more of a voice there, among those more boisterous dinner tables.

I knew I had an innate sassiness, but I didn't know how to make it emerge, or how to be more authentic to my self. When I was faced with early puberty, things became even more challenging. How do you tell a silent mother the changes that are occurring within your body, when you've never even met her parents or heard a single story from her childhood and she is as cold and remote to you as the Statue of Liberty??

Well, here is where the school librarian once again saved the day by placing Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret in my hands. That woman always seemed to sense my love of books, my silence, and my needs. And there she was. Right when I needed her. Margaret, the Every Girl , the nondescript, skinny white girl with brown hair who struggles with fears of inadequacy and invisibility amongst her peers. So much about Margaret is tangible. You do not doubt her existence for a moment, and her struggles with faith, family and her fluctuating figure fill her every day with hopes and fears.

Margaret is the only child of a Jewish father and a Christian mother who have denounced their religions as the only acceptable solution to raising a child within this dynamic.

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Yet, Margaret's beliefs get lost in the shuffle. She loves God and wants to connect more deeply to the Source, but in searching for a deeper spiritual experience, she finds only people who want to manipulate her, to add to the head count at their places of worship. I loved Margaret as an year-old, and when I introduced her to my year-old this week, I found my daughter felt exactly the same way.

It was weird; nothing had really changed. It was still life, adolescence, social politics, love and fear. It turns out, angst has no expiration date. And I thought I was going to get through this re-read without tears. View all 62 comments. Apr 22, Lola rated it liked it Shelves: classics , middle-grade , religion. This novel discusses subjects of importance to preteen girls, like kissing, bras, boys and menstruation.

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Presence of religion, but no exasperating preaching. Parents, gift this to your children. As a side note, Margaret is the only girl I know who is excited about getting her period. The way I see it, the longer the wait, the better.

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Because blood, cramps and no white pants. View all 10 comments. Jan 31, Tiphany rated it really liked it Recommends it for: People who use the word "menses". Oh, how I do miss the edition of this book. Somehow the cute little cover girl of the new edition, what with the sparkling eyes and her head in the clouds, doesn't express the loneliness and contemplative nature of Miss M. And how else can one completely alarm and overwhelm a modern year-old about the mysteries of the pubescent female body without the mention of the belt?

When I first read the book, not only wa Oh, how I do miss the edition of this book. When I first read the book, not only was I terrified of getting my first period, especially at school, but I thought I at least had the basic mechanics down of all the necessary accoutrement. After reading "Are You There And even then, it wasn't until age 12 that I was completely satisfied. In , they "updated" the book to include the mention of "sanitary napkins" instead of "menstruation belts," and I somehow find that incredibly wrong. But to fundamentally alter a portion of that journey seems a bit extreme.

So what if a curious kid wants to know what a belt is? Most parents, even the young ones, can handle that question. Even I can answer it now! I just think It was more deftly written than many adult novels I've read. We don't go scrambling to change every work that falls behind the times as far as cultural references are concerned, so why this one? Women didn't start having periods in the 00s, and part of the beauty of the outdatedness of it all was that, for me after the shock and horror , it reminded me that I was connected to an incomprehensible number of women through history in this one tiny way.

And that felt good, as saccharine as that sounds. View all 15 comments. Oct 15, Deanna rated it it was amazing. I'm feeling very nostalgic today. I can still remember sitting on the floor in the library and reading this book. One of my favorite authors when I was young. If I didn't have so much to read I would read it again now. Actually if I can find my box of old books I probably will read it again.

View all 26 comments. I was extremely hesitant to re-read this since it was one of my childhood favorites. I was terrified my trip down memory lane would wind up filled with potholes and other bumps in the road that would lessen my enjoyment. Boy was I wrong!

I loved Margaret just as much now as I did back then. Judy Blume was my go-to-gal back in the dark ages and her stuff amazingly stands the test of time. Shelves: The first thing Margaret asks God is "Don't let New Jersey be too horrible," so you know she's in for a rough time with God. The second thing she asks for is boobs.

What makes Blume so wonderful - well, there are lots of things, but one of them is that she respects her audience, which is specifically year-old girls and no one else. She's tackling big subjects here - puberty and God, so that's half of the entire list of Big Subjects - and she respects their difficulty. Margaret is the product The first thing Margaret asks God is "Don't let New Jersey be too horrible," so you know she's in for a rough time with God. Margaret is the product of a mixed marriage - her mom is Christian and her dad is Jewish - and the big debate here is which God, if any, she will choose.

Her parents have left the decision to her, which she feels is bullshit.

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Twelve is very late to learn. Blume doesn't offer pat solutions. She just presents the problem: hide spoiler ] this is hard, isn't it? She does this throughout the book. Margaret's new best friend Nancy is a mean girl. Blume doesn't exactly tell you this, and there's arguably no character arc. She's just there, kindof a bitch. Blume drops hints that the sixth-grade teacher is harboring inappropriate feelings for early-developing Laura Danker, but she leaves it to the reader to decide how seriously to take them.

Most dramatically, Margaret's maternal Christian grandparents arrive for a reconciliation, after disowning their daughter when she married a Jew. You expect some resolution; view spoiler [there is none. They suck. They offend everyone - "It's not too late for you, dear! But look, no one even remembers any of this shit. Blume doesn't talk down and she doesn't moralize. She wrote this way back in , in the olden days when peoples' dads subscribed to Playboy magazine, and she's still one of the most frequently challenged authors of the 21st century because she dared to approach topics like periods.

And sex and masturbation and other marvelous things. It's a seminal work for generations. My wife got all giddy with nostalgia when I told her I was reading it. Which, like, I mentioned that Blume is writing solely for year-old girls, and you might wonder what it's like for a year-old man to read this. Probably not though, because literally who cares, but I'll tell you anyway: it's awkward. On the one hand, we enlightened men should be well past being freaked out by periods, right? And on the other hand, there's a heavy social taboo against adult men being in any way interested in training bras, and some of the reasons for it are good.

Let's just say that I often label my Kindle so people on the subway can tell what I'm reading, and this time around I chose not to. And let's also reiterate that no one cares what I think about Judy Blume. What matters is that, 50 years on, her voice is still clear, universal, non-judgmental, invaluable. We didn't have the information we should have had. God will not increase your bust and neither will that chant, as Judy Blume is willing to prove in the most likable author interview ever.

And New Jersey is horrible. If you are a parent: There's nothing objectionable in this book. I'm alert to dated gender roles and old-timey bigotry, a la the unfortunate "darkey" poem in Little House in the Big Woods, and there's nothing like that here. You're all good. If you are a kid and your mom won't let you read this: Your mom sucks. Read it under the covers with a flashlight, or whatever kids use for light these days. Welcome to literature. View all 37 comments. Apr 07, Sheri rated it it was amazing Shelves: childrens-fiction , For Margaret, the growing up years are starting off with a myriad of changes.

She moves to a new city, attends a new school, makes new friends, maintains a close relationship with her Grandma, and grapples with her lack of a defined religion all while navigating the complexities of the pre-teen years. Judy Blume has done a fantastic job of relating the thoughts and feelings girls experience as they begin to ma For Margaret, the growing up years are starting off with a myriad of changes.

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Judy Blume has done a fantastic job of relating the thoughts and feelings girls experience as they begin to make the transition to adolescence. I'm sure many girls would say that reading this book is like reading their own diary. So much of what Margaret feels and thinks resonates with the reader.

A fantastic book that lets girls know that they are not alone in their thoughts and feelings. View all 7 comments. Mar 20, John rated it really liked it. I read this book again very recently as part of a program in which volunteers help teach childen and adults who have difficulty with reading and comprehension to read for understanding and ulimately enjoyment. The girl I was reading with was very moved by the book. I guess, I had taken it for granted. Blume clearly knows her audience and speaks to them. As a young, fat boy, I read Blubber and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing along with Arabian Nights over and over under the covers by the y I read this book again very recently as part of a program in which volunteers help teach childen and adults who have difficulty with reading and comprehension to read for understanding and ulimately enjoyment.

As a young, fat boy, I read Blubber and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing along with Arabian Nights over and over under the covers by the yellow haze a penlight affixed to a keychain.

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There were nights those stories saved me, for those moments I knew I wasn't alone. There were people just like me out there somewhere suffering while running in gym class and stuggling with geometry and telling a stories to save our lives. View 2 comments. Jul 17, Deborah Markus rated it really liked it Shelves: childhood-favorites. I loved this book so much as a kid. It was interesting rereading it now.

One thing that startled me was something I barely noticed when I was younger: Margaret gets very angry at God at one point, and decides she's not talking to him any more. She thinks he's been mean to her, and she's hitting back as best she can.

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Which is fine. Very believable. But then she starts telling everyone that she doesn't believe in God. And whenever she says that, she thinks to herself that she hopes he's listening. Here's the problem: I'm someone who, without rancor, doesn't happen to believe in God. And I've had several people tell me something along the lines of, "Deep down, you know he really exists," and imply that it's not that I don't believe; it's that I'm angry.

Part of that is understandable, since I do run around ranting all the time. But not about the big G and how he done me wrong. I tend to scream about human failings. Stories like this don't do much to help people like me, who don't insist that everyone share our worldview but would like to be believed when we say we have such a worldview.

And this does come up quite a bit. Think about it: In newspaper articles, people are described as belonging to certain religions. But atheists are almost always "self-described," or people who "claim to be" atheists. Back to the book: Other than the fact that Margaret's family is far more upper-middle-class and functional than mine ever was, I found a lot to relate to here, and a great deal to enjoy. The writing is funny and Blume has a great ear for dialogue. In spite of all the changes in technology that have occurred since she wrote it, this story stands the test of time quite well.

View all 75 comments. Shelves: young-adult , children-mid-grade , reviewed. I'm feeling nostalgic!!!! Oh I remember reading this book when I was 11 years old and I'd just gotten my first period oh the trauma!!!!!! And there was Margaret. As clued in and as clue less as I was!!! She was a wonderful protagonist. Like what the what now?????? I remember being horrified by the thoughts of having to wear a belt that somehow attached to a pad. I still don't quite understand the mechanics of those things!! I didn't realise the copy I read in my library was fresh out of the seventies Oh but this book!!!

I think it should be a rite of passage for every young girl to read. My mum was the one who introduced me to Judy Blume and I'm so grateful to her for bringing home Judy's books from the library for me to read. My mum was always pretty awesome like that. She was eternally bringing home books that she thought I would love. And she was always spot-on with her choices!!! Are you there Judy? It's me, Emer. I'm all grown up now but I just wanted to say thanks so much for this book.

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