cover of Are You There God It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

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

Book Review:  A  classic book about how hard it can be when you're the last one to get your period.

Book Review

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret? by Judy Blume is a classic book that tells the story of Margaret, who is the last one to get her period.

It's a lovely story for girls about what it is like to go through puberty. About how they want to fit in with their peers and are in a hurry to grow up.

This book does NOT talk about sexual intercourse but it does have sexual references eg.  use of the magazine Playboy, mild kissing, crushing, and rumours of dating.

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Ideal ages

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret? by Judy Blume is ideal for children between the ages of 11 – 14 years of age.

Buy a copy

You can buy a copy of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret? by Judy Blume from Amazon or Book Depository.

You can find more books like this in my extensive list of Sex Education Books for Children.

Video book review

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Hi, it is Cath Hak from Sex Ed Rescue and today we are talking about a book by Judy Blume, Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret?

Blume has written a large range of books with this one being published in 1970. This does make the book a lot older than other ones out there. However, as the book is about being a teenager and has been updated since, this does not matter too much. More recent editions do have better covers and language usage if you are interested, though.

What do I like about this book? First and foremost, this book is a novel. It does not state facts, but rather tells the story of what growing up as a girl can be like. How growing up can be scary, and how sometimes girls try to grow up faster than they need to.

Even now, there is a barrier between people who have and people who have not gotten their periods. There is this idea that if you have started your period, you are more ‘grown up’ than someone else.

This idea has not changed in years. Children still get their periods, we have or had our periods, and our parents had theirs. Because of this, Blume aims to tell others what this experience is like.

It is a nice book and I personally enjoyed reading it. For someone like me, who is above the age range, it brought back a lot of memories. Memories about how I was in a big rush to grow up and be like my friends.

Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret? Is still a very popular and well received book. When I borrowed my current copy from the library, there were multiple copies of this book still available. When you also look up sex education books online, it still comes up as one of the best-selling puberty books for girls.

This is a good book. I hope this helps, cheers.


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