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Friday, March 14, 2014

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

Like many blossoming young women, I remember reading this novel. In my book club we were discussing books we enjoyed as young women and this one came up from multiple individuals.

Nearly 12 years old, Margaret's parents decide to move from busy New York to the suburbs, away from her friends and her favorite doting grandmother. She's surprised to find she has a whole group of friends waiting for her as soon as she moves in, one in her neighborhood and a few more once she gets back to school. At this precarious stage between childhood and adolescence, she's glad she has one more friend she can talk to about her confusion: God.

Blume captures the awkward stage between childhood and adolescence perfectly with her inclusion of secret clubs, crushes, and the excitement and nervousness over bras and periods. I think many young women for generations to come will still relate to this novel.

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