Are you there God? It’s me Margaret - Judy Blume
Reading Challenge Category: A banned book
Official Book Blurb:
Life isn't easy for Margaret. She's moved away from her childhood home, she's starting a new school, finding new friends - and she's convinced she's not normal. For a start she hasn't got a clue whether she wants to be Jewish like her father or Christian like her mother. Everyone else seems really sure of who they are. And, worst of all, she's a 'late developer'. She just knows that all her friends are going to need a bra before she does. It's too embarrassing to talk to her parents about these things. So she talks to God instead - and waits for an answer . . .
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret? is a teen classic and loved around the world. Judy Blume has written some of the best books of our time about real-life issues - family stress and pressures, what happens when your parents divorce, the problems of growing up and sexual awakening, bereavement - with insight, sensitivity and honesty. The response of readers all around the world continues to make her one of the best-loved writers ever published.
I didn’t think I’d read this book when I was younger but then came the words “I must I must I must improve my bust” and yup I remembered reading it lol. I was shocked to see this on a banned book list. Forever, by Judy Blume was banned by mum when I was a teenager and I read this as part of the 2016 challenge. So, I thought I might as well read another of hers when the category came up again, and another had made it to the banned list. I can only assume it’s due to the religious overtone of the book, as Margaret is confused about which religion she should choose and goes on a journey of self-discovery. It is very tame, though, as it is written from the opinion of an innocent teenager. It is definitely written for teenagers. I rolled my eyes a few times (as an adult) especially when she wishes her period would hurry up and arrive, for goodness sake girl you’ll be regretting that wish in a few years’ time!!