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

By Katherine Olney, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Classic coming-of-age story rings true decades later.

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret: Book Cover

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age 12+

Based on 24 parent reviews

age 16+


I read this when I was a kid so when my 9 year olds grandmother sent this for Christmas I almost threw it in the trash. I totally remember this book from when I was younger and it can send the wrong message. Kids are so impressionable especially our girls. I remember growing up with body image problems, friend drama, finding dirty magazines, first make outs and so on. However, I am not about to let my 9,10,11,12,13 or even 14 read about it in a book narrated by an insecure child who desperately seeks validation in the wrong way from boys, adults and her friends. I have been speaking to my child about these topics at age appropriate levels every year since kindergarten (on my own and as her mother) when she first brings them up. As a result I’ve gotten to see her make wise choices in letting certain friends go, positive body image, lifting people up and letting certain ones go. This book is classified as a right of passage. But I am not going to normalize increasing our busts so men can touch them. I teach her that lots of boys are going to think she’s pretty but the right one will love her mind, personality, her soul and all good and bad qualities. And not to let one near her until she feels it in her heart and reciprocates. I will teach her about her period, and boobs, and how even though we may not always feel secure we are perfectly imperfect just like everyone else and we don’t need others approval as long as we have our own that’s all that counts. This book is trash. As an insecure child this book sent me the wrong message. Just my take
age 13+

piece of trash

i read this book as a tween when my local library was having a book sale. i only picked the book because i knew the author, but i was very disappointed after reading it. the plot is probably 90% about puberty/sexual talk between kids & there isn't a real plot behind that. the main characters in the book are definitely not good role models, because they're only interested in boys and growing boobs lmao

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (24 ):
Kids say (95 ):

Although this was first published in 1970, tweens will find that it still pretty much rings true today. (It helps that this updated version of Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. has the girls using pads instead of sanitary belts to deal with their first periods.) Margaret is such a relatable character: She worries about being "normal," sometimes says the wrong thing, and even hides her true feelings to be accepted by her friends. Readers will appreciate her honest narration -- which will make them feel a whole lot better about their own anxieties about growing up.

Book Details

  • Author: Judy Blume
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Topics: Middle School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Yearling Books
  • Publication date: January 1, 1970
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 149
  • Available on: Paperback, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, Kindle
  • Last updated: October 4, 2023

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