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100 out of 113 people found this review helpful.
BEST BOOK EVER
I am just starting sixth grade and my mom suggested this book. I read it in two days and I absolutely love it. I reccomend it for all girls from ages 11 to 100!!!You can really relate to all of the troubles that Margaret goes through.
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Parental Warning! Preview it before letting your kids read this book!!
I consider myself to be a well-read parent. Young children are mostly being 'dumbed down' with books like this. I was in a bookstore and saw Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret with the new blue cover and wholesome-looking girls on its cover. The main character's st...
I consider myself to be a well-read parent. Young children are mostly being 'dumbed down' with books like this. I was in a bookstore and saw Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret with the new blue cover and wholesome-looking girls on its cover. The main character's stupidity over 'mens-stroo-ation', her disregard for the feelings of her estranged grandparents, the frequent mentioning of how she 'hates' this or that about people¿all point to a pathetic lack of writing skill. Margaret, the main character, sounds shallow and uneducated. When I was age 12 my favorite authors were in classic literature. These days, teachers tell me they don't care what kids read, as long as they are reading something. So, even at a private school, where exceptionally high academic standards are the norm, books with no character development, sense of place in history, and thinly drawn adults, are popular--like this one. Judy Blume is obsessed with female body parts. On page one, 'I caught my mother sniffing under her arms'; pages 4, 6, 8, and 11, 'Her nose turned up so much I could look right into her nostrils'; 'I found my mother with her rear end sticking out of a bottom kitchen cabinet'; 'Oh, you're still flat [chested]?'; 'In a few years I'm going to look like one of those girls in Playboy'; 'My ears stick out a little'; 'They're [boys] only interested in two things--pictures of naked girls and dirty books!'; and, unbelievably, in her prayer to God on page 50, 'I've got a bra now. It would be nice if I had something to put in it.' Finally, on page 67, 'How about a Tampax?' and 'We don't advise internal protection' is problematic. I read this book to preview it for reading level appropriateness for my daughter. I'm so glad I never let her read it. It would be helpful to parents if there was a notice on the cover that this book attempts to educate girls approaching puberty about menstruation, blood in their panties, washing bathing suits, breast size and bra shopping, the popularity of Playboy, and how sickening grandparents and most people are.
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