Just as Long as We're Together

Just as Long as We're Together

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by Judy Blume, Rebecca Soler

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and the upcoming adult novel In the Unlikely Event comes a tale of family, friendship, and pre-teen life like only JUDY BLUME can deliver. The companion to Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson.
Can you have more than one


From the New York Times bestselling author of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and the upcoming adult novel In the Unlikely Event comes a tale of family, friendship, and pre-teen life like only JUDY BLUME can deliver. The companion to Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson.
Can you have more than one best friend?

Stephanie’s best friend is Rachel. Since second grade they’ve shared everything, good and bad. But now it’s the start of seventh grade and Alison has just moved to their neighborhood. Stephanie immediately clicks with her—she’s cool and fun and totally humble even though she’s the daughter of a famous actress. Stephanie hopes all three of them can be best friends, but the more she pushes Alison on Rachel, the more Rachel seems to drift away. Is it possible to have two best friends? Or is it true that two’s company, three’s a crowd?
 “Judy Blume does it again in what may be her best book yet!” –American Bookseller

Editorial Reviews

Josephine Humphreys
''Just as Long as We're Together'' looks at first like a Blume medley, with strains of earlier stories wound together. There are no new, big issues here; the main theme is friendship -how it is tested and how it endures. There is a muted, mellow tone to the story, and Blume fans looking for ''the good parts'' to dogear will find few. They may even get the feeling they have read this book before....The narrative tone is flat and defensive, minimizing or deflecting emotion in the same way that cartoons do. --New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stephanie, 12, is into ``hunks'' even though she's never met one herself. But when she starts seventh grade and finds out that she and her best friend, Rachel, aren't in any of the same classes except gym, Stephanie has more to worry about than boys. A new girl, Alison, moves in; she's a welcome new friend, but her presence alters the relationship between Steph and Rachel. For the first time, Rachel has secrets from Steph. But worse, Stephanie accidently learns that her father isn't in California on business, but that her parents have separated, and that her father has a girlfriend. She even suspects her mother of having a ``fling.'' The relationships within the storyamong the three friends, and between Steph and her parentsare complicated, and Blume handles this aspect realistically and with great ease. The plot resolution, though carefully handled, is curiously flat. Despite this weakness, the story is lively, moves quickly, and captures the nutty, poignant world of very young teenagers. Ages 10-13. (September)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7 Blume once again chronicles the customs, mores, and lifestyle of preteen girls. This first-person narrative touches on many themes found in her previous novels: friendship, emerging sexuality, body weight, the family, menstruation. The freshness and intimacy of 13-year-old Stephanie Hirsch's account infuse those themes with originality. Stephanie enters seventh grade armed with innate optimism, two best friends, and a supportive mom. She gradually assimilates the devastating news of her parents' separation, endures the pain of an all-out fight with her oldest best friend, and comforts her young brother through nightmares of nuclear war. The Blume trademarks of realistic dialogue, funny non sequiturs, and forthright misinformation (gullible Stephanie is told by her friend that hairy legs on a boy indicate sexual experience) are much in evidence. The inviting jacket design, showing the three friends in a fit of giggles, perfectly evokes the upbeat story. Susan H. Patron, Los Angeles Public Library
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 5–7—Stephanie moves to the same subdivision as her best friend, Rebecca. Just before school starts they make a new friend, Alison. Rebecca is ultra-organized and musically gifted. Alison, who was adopted as an infant from Vietnam, quickly becomes popular at school because she's perky and pretty. While being supportive to her friends, Stephanie tends to deal with her problems alone, including being called "El Chunko" because of her weight and learning that her parents are having a trial separation. Arguments with Rebecca over keeping secrets as well as a disastrous trip to her father's new apartment are laced realistically throughout the novel, and conflicts are not neatly resolved. Judy Blume's novel (Orchard, 1986) is somewhat dated. While Stephanie's desire to get a phone with a long cord and her brother's Cold War fears may be foreign to today's tweens, the realistic plot and issues involving friendship, popularity, and parents will resonate with listeners. Rebecca Soler's fully-voiced narration is spot-on once past the sibilance in the first few chapters.—C.A. Fehmel. St. Louis County Library, MO

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Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
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5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Judy Blume is known and loved by millions of readers for her funny, honest, always believable stories. She lives in Key West and New York City. You can visit her at www.judyblume.com.

Brief Biography

New York's Upper East Side, Key West, and Martha's Vineyard
Date of Birth:
February 12, 1938
Place of Birth:
Elizabeth, New Jersey
B.S. in education, New York University, 1961

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Just as Long as We're Together 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 129 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good for seventh graders i am a seventh grader myslef! Judy blume talks about real life situations and how to solve them especially through parent seperations and friendships. This has defiantly taught me a lesson about parents and friend. I have two best friends and they are kind of leaving me out so now i know how to over come it :) i recommend this to soon to be seventh graders or seventh graders right now. If you get this book u will love just like me. Also this talks about boys kind of but now alot it talks about real life situations. When the book talks about boys it is not very sexually but it just says the word sexually. So if youare an adult look out for words like that so your child will not see it. Thisbook also says the word Slut only once though. So parents or adults watch out for that. Make sure you get this GREAT book and the second book to this is Heres to you Rachel Robinson get both of them tommorow im getting heres to you rachel robinson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever. I recommend it to anybody who is on a long plane ride, lounging at the pool, or, just hanging out at home! Judy Blume, you have done it again.
SashaNicole More than 1 year ago
Although this isn't my favorite "Judy" book, it is one that makes you realize why you love Blume so much. I didn't read this until I was fifteen and even then I sought it as something to pass the time. Little did I know that I would be able to relate it to my own life and really fall into a book that is written for the minds of such a younger crowd. The three girls go through their ups and downs just as all of us do, making for a story that is so realistic it's almost scary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasn't my favorite but overall i really liked it. I can totally relate. I'm going to be purchasing the 2nd one fairly soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This girl named Stephanie has been with her best friend Rachel since the second grade. They were so close until someone moved into the neighborhood. This girl is named Alison. Stephanie likes her and wants to have three best friends, but she is having trouble with that. The problem is that they are three different people. Stephanie goes though many teenage troubles and events. this is also a book about life. Stephanie is the girl that is the narrarator and the most important character. she is very 'optomistic'. Rachel is her best friend since the second grade. She is very mature for her age and is a good role model for stephanie in a way. Alison is a new girl that is vietamese. she has a famous mom and is very different and was popular the first day she walked into junior high. The author used flash backs a little. she did it though a character. She made the characters come alive with their emotions, thoughts, and language. The book, 'Here's to You, Rachel Robinson', is the book that tells what happens after this book. It goes forth telling the many more events that they spend together. A teenager would like this book because Stephanie and her three friends are the same age. Teenagers can relate to this book. I loved this book because I could relate to it. How they talked reminded me of my family. This book is great!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about bumps on the road during friendships.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book a little over a year ago. I really liked it and after reading it again i have the same opinion. Its pretty relatable and teaches young girls useful lessons. The gorls seem innocent compared to teens today but it makes it more of a wholesome family story. There isnt too much of a plot but rather little instances along the way. I woulf recommend it to middle school aged girls.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book when i was reading i did not want to put down the book!! So addicting! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it so much
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just started 8th grade. I finished this book yesterday and I LOVED it!!! It is one of the best books iv ever read! I can relate so much to it. I just bought the sequel 'Heres to you Rachel Robinson' I cant wait to start it!! Im homeschooled so Im trying to get my work done fast so I can start it! Recommended for ages 10-100 !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read! It is so descriptive about a teens life! Thank you Judy Blume!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book was a nice book, I Enjoyed It, It's similar to what happens in teens lifes these days now
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was twelve years old, I am now nearly nineteen years old and I still read it at least twice a year! This is absolutely one of my most favourite books ever, I never get tired of it, and if I am having a bad week or am ill, reading this book seems to make it all go away. It's definately worth your time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will help you with problems with your friends today I had a problem with my friend and we fixed but if I read this book sooner I would have solved the problem between me and my friend a long time ago and I am writing a book about the problem and now I have an example of the type of book I am trying to write
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much! I read it three times. I totaly think that any girl should read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book . I love it so much . If your a teenage girl youll probally love it ,too. Its a great book about freinds
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think I shuld get this because I had a friend named Jakie then Daleny came then she is my BFF and Mackzie was mad so I live in MI Kalmazoo From Meg Christian
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i absolutely love this book!! if your the type of reader that likes reading about drama or teen lives this book is great for you. also after you read this book, make sure to read part 2 called Here's to You Rachel Robinson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it's stephanie's b-day today!!! 2/2,it says that's her birthday in the book. PS the book was really good:-)
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Omg. Ok i know that it feels like nobody cares and that suicide is the answer, but its not. And for everyone who calls you a slut, wouldnt it be great to prove them wrong? And think of all the people who do care. Talk to somebody. Youll meet so many great people that went tbrough what you are. And the popular girl, shes the slut. If a brat that big will do that, she should be getting picked on, not you. I really hope you dont die because no matter what you think, theres always somebody who cares. An rememeber, suicide is a permanate solution to a temporart problem. Ily <3