24 June 2013 ~ 0 Comments

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

Like every other girl that was raised in the 80s, I read just about every Judy Blume book that I could get my hands on. Twice. Or more. They made those feelings of not fitting in and awkwardness okay. Maybe not exactly normal, but okay. They also taught me that sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself (okay, and maybe at others too).

My daughter is now ten-years-old and she reads. No, I mean she READS. This child reads more books than I do (and I read a whole lot of books!). Keeping her in books is almost a full-time job. We’ve recently starting readings books together. We try to find a book that we both want to read and after we’ve both finished it, we “sneak out” to breakfast one Saturday before the boys are up and talk about the book.

Of course, this one made the cut and it was really a great book for us to use. It started some really good conversations between us about growing up and being a girl and just how tough it can be. Being a non-religious household, I was also able to talk to her a little about beliefs and differences between people and their belief systems.

The message of this book was definitely not lost in all the years and made a great jumping off point.

Recommended for pre-teen girls, of course!

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.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2013: 23

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