Flashback Friday: Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume

12519337 At my elementary school, you had to get permission from your parents to check Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret out of the library. The permission books were kept in the librarian’s back room. My parents would have been fine with signing, but the mechanics of the whole thing were kind of a big deal, so I never got it from the library. In social circles it wasn’t considered an embarrassing book to carry around, not like Forever, so I ordered it from the book order, and loved it. I passed it on to my daughter when she was the right age for it. The book introduces things like puberty, faith, and growing older in a way that allows kids to consider the ideas and information privately. It allows readers to ruminate without making themselves vulnerable to others’ opinions.

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One thought on “Flashback Friday: Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume

  1. So glad you reviewed this one, Sarah. It’s such a classic. A whole bunch of years ago, a friend who lives on Martha’s Vineyard got married down there and there were a bunch of literary luminaries at the wedding. Of course, I was nervous around them all, but when JUDY BLUME got up to speak, I almost passed out. I didn’t have the guts to talk to her, but admired her from afar. She is truly a goddess.

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