Just as Long as We're Together

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Rachel is Stephanie's best friend. Since second grade, they've shared secrets, good and bad. Now in seventh grade, Alison moves into the neighborhood. Stephanie hopes all three of them can be best friends, because Stephanie really likes Alison. But it looks as if it's going to be a case of two's company and three's a crowd. Can the girls' friendship be saved?

Stephanie's relationship with her best friend, Rachel, changes during her first year in junior high as she ...

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Overview

Rachel is Stephanie's best friend. Since second grade, they've shared secrets, good and bad. Now in seventh grade, Alison moves into the neighborhood. Stephanie hopes all three of them can be best friends, because Stephanie really likes Alison. But it looks as if it's going to be a case of two's company and three's a crowd. Can the girls' friendship be saved?

Stephanie's relationship with her best friend, Rachel, changes during her first year in junior high as she tries to conceal a family problem and meets a new girl from California.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440400752
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1988
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 137,948
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 7.64 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy  Blume

Judy Blume is known and loved by millions of readers for her funny, honest, always believable stories. She lives in New York City.

Biography

Before Judy Blume, there may have been a handful of books that spoke to issues teens could identify with; but very few were getting down to nitty-gritty stuff like menstruation, masturbation, parents divorcing, being half-Jewish, or deciding to have sex. Now, these were some issues that adolescents could dig into, and Blume’s ability to address them realistically and responsibly has made her one of the most popular – and most banned – authors for young adults.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, published in 1970, was Blume’s third book and the one that established her fan base. Drawing on some of the same things she faced as a sixth grader growing up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Blume created a sympathetic, first-person portrait of a girl whose family moves to the suburbs as she struggles with puberty and religion. In subsequent classics such as Then Again, Maybe I Won’t, Deenie, Blubber, and Tiger Eyes, Blume wrote about the pain of being different, falling in love, and figuring out one's identity. Usually written in a confessional/diary style, Blume’s books feel like letters from friends who just happen to be going through a very interesting version of the same tortures suffered by their audience.

Blume has also accumulated a great following among the 12-and-under set with her Fudge series, centering on the lives of preteen Peter Hatcher and his hilariously troublesome younger brother, Farley (a.k.a. Fudge). Blume’s books in this category are particularly adept at portraying the travails of siblings, making both sides sympathetic. Her 2002 entry, Double Fudge, takes a somewhat surreal turn, providing the Hatchers with a doppelganger of Fudge when they meet some distant relatives on a trip.

Blume has also had success writing for adults, again applying her ability to turn some of her own sensations into compelling stories. Wifey in 1978 was the raunchy chronicle of a bored suburban housewife’s infidelities, both real and imagined. She followed this up five years later with Smart Women, a novel about friendship between two divorced women living in Colorado; and 1998’s Summer Sisters, also about two female friends.

Blume has said she continually struggles with her writing, often sure that each book will be the last, that she’ll never get another idea. She keeps proving herself wrong with more than 20 books to her credit; hopefully she will continue to do so.

Good To Know

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was inspired by an article given to Blume by her babysitter about a toddler who swallowed a small pet turtle. She wrote a picture book introducing Fudge (based on her own then-toddler son), the turtle, and older brother Peter; but it was rejected. A few years later, E. P. Dutton editor Ann Durell suggested that Blume turn the story into a longer book about the Hatcher family. Blume did, and the Fudge legacy was born.

Blume is not an author without conflict about her station in life. She says on her web site that, as part of her "fantasy about having a regular job," she has a morning routine that involves getting fully dressed and starting at 9 a.m. She has also getting out of writing altogether."After I had written more than ten books I thought seriously about quitting," she writes. "I felt I couldn't take the loneliness anymore. I thought I would rather be anything but a writer. But I've finally come to appreciate the freedom of writing. I accept the fact that it's hard and solitary work."

Blume's book about divorce, It's Not the End of the World, proved ultimately to be closer to her own experience than she originally imagined. Her own marriage was in trouble at the time, but she couldn't quite face it. "In the hope that it would get better I dedicated this book to my husband," she writes in an essay. "But a few years later, we, too, divorced. It was hard on all of us, more painful than I could have imagined, but somehow we muddled through and it wasn't the end of any of our worlds, though on some days it might have felt like it."

Her most autobiographical book is Starring Sally J. Friedman as Herself, says Blume. "Sally is the kind of kid I was at ten," Blume says on her web site.

Blume keeps setting Fudge aside, readers keep bringing him back. The sequel Superfudge was written after tons of fans wrote in asking for more of Farley Hatcher; again more begging led to Fudge-a-Mania ten years later. Blume planned never to write about Fudge again, but grandson Elliott was a persistent pesterer (just like Fudge), and got his way with 2002's Double Fudge.

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Best

    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.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Incredible for all ages..

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Middle school

    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

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    not a happy camper with Barnes & Noble

    Very disappointed with Barns & Noble, I had order these book via Nook by mistake in the beginning of December 2012 and I have not received my refund yet. And had to go to the actual store and buy the books for my daughter. So it's like I've purchased this book twice

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    I really liked it

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    This book

    This is the best book ever

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    js

    jszdsas i hate this!!!it wont let me pirchase the book and now all my momey for this went down the drain dont get the sample first

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Good Book

    This is a great book about bumps on the road during friendships.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Not a typical teen read for today

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Love this book!

    I love this book so much! I read it three times. I totaly think that any girl should read this.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Mel

    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

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Awsome!

    Love this book when i was reading i did not want to put down the book!! So addicting! :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    I don't know?

    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

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Its not the end of thd world

    I love it so much

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2007

    LOVED THIS BOOK!

    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 !

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2007

    AWESOME!!!!!

    This is one of the best books I have ever read! It is so descriptive about a teens life! Thank you Judy Blume!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2006

    This Book Was A Good Book

    This Book was a nice book, I Enjoyed It, It's similar to what happens in teens lifes these days now

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2006

    a great book for teens

    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!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2004

    Still fabulous after all these years.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Will totally help you with your friendship problems

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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