By Judy Blume
First Published in 1970
So this book came out when I was five. But I didn't read this until much later. I don't even remember when I read it. I might have been in junior high school- what middle school is now. Maybe 7th grade. It's one of those books we hid from our parents while we read. I remember talking about it in hushed tones with my cousin on the bus.
Now that I read it, I have to remember what the climate was when it was written. I temper my criticisms with remembering how people were back then close to 50 years ago. Religion was important whereas many people identify with being spiritual these days. Mixed religion marriages and being raised in no religion is more commonplace, now. Margaret felt left out in 1970 but she'd feel at home today, I think. Every child is different, of course.
I think it's still a classic book and young girls today can extrapolate the best information in the book, that they will all mature at some point and not to worry about it. And as for the girls that mature early, it isn't easy being that girl. Assumptions are made and yet every girl wants to look like her. Puberty is so hard and I think Judy Blume's book Are You There God? It's Me Margaret is relevant today.
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