Monday, July 6, 2015

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

I finally read my very first Judy Blume novel ever!! I can hardly believe it myself quite frankly. I remember way back in the early 1980s, when I was in elementary school, Judy Blume novels were hugely popular with kids my age. But I never read any Judy Blume novels back then and I'm not really sure why.

So, after seeing Judy Blume speak live at a special engagement at the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, California last month, I decided to finally read one of her young adult novels. 

I chose to read Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume this past weekend. I loved this novel!! It's a fabulous read as it captures the angst of being a young girl going through puberty and also trying to find her own religious identity. 

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret was written in 1970 and I am impressed with how well it has stood up to the test of time. It's still very relevant today. I loved Margaret's character and also the character of Margaret's grandmother, Sylvia.

I also learned that Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume has frequently been a banned/challenged book! Apparently, this novel has been deemed “sexually offensive and amoral.” as well as containing "anti-Christian behavior”. See Banned Books Awareness: “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” article on the World.edu website. 

I personally didn't find Are You There God? It's me, Margaret sexually offensive, amoral or containing anti-Christian behavior. 

Here's a summary for Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume from Amazon's website:
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.
As I already mentioned earlier in my post, I enjoyed reading Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume and am giving it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

9 comments:

  1. I never read that either. I was grown by 1970. I still might have read it if I had had daughters, but I had sons. I'll look for it.

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    1. I hope you enjoy reading a copy of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret!! If you do, I'll be curious to read your thoughts about it. :-)

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  2. I don't think I've ever read a Judy Blume book. I've actually been thinking about picking this one up. After your review, I really need to bump it up my list.

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    1. I hope you do pick up and read a copy of it and enjoy reading it as much as I did! Happy reading! :-)

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    2. I'll let you know when I do!

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  3. Oooh, nice review! I read this book a bunch of times when I was young (several people gave it to me as a gift since my name is Margaret), but I'd forgotten so much. It's definitely time for a re-read!

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    1. Thank you for the compliment!! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving me a comment.

      Have fun rediscovering Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. Happy reading!!

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  4. I remember reading this a while back and loving it as well! Judy Blume is just a fabulous author in general! I can't believe this is a banned book! Although... considering other books that are on the list... well. Great review!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment. Happy reading!!

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