May 30, 2023

Lit to Movie Review: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

"Good posture now makes for a good figure later." ~ pg. 29

Almost 12-year-old Margaret Simon moved to a new city and begins to question adolescence, friendship and growing into a young lady. She meets friends; girl talk revolves around cute boys, first kiss, increasing busts, bras and getting their first period (hilariously pronounced #menstrooation). 

A school project leads Margaret to religion. The different kinds, practices, appearance, prayer and Sunday routine. Her parents let her decide for herself while her grandparents prefer Margaret shares their religious beliefs. She learns that some people go to confession, while others worship with vibrant singing, or visit the Jewish Community Center. 

There are so many religions but Margaret has her own special relationship with God talking to Him about any- and everything without claiming a religion. And this is what makes Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. a classic. Like all girls, she just wants to belong. Margaret is funny and keeps it real. Her thoughts and talks with God can be mature for her age but also full of innocence and logic. 

Chickadee and I read this book multiple times along with lounging in VIP seats at the theater opening weekend. Such a great cast and true to the book! I even bought and re-read from the hot pink faux-leather embossed cover special edition. Great Auntie Judy Blume wrote a character that was as relevant today as she was over 50 YEARS ago!

Author: Judy Blume
Director: Kelly Fremon Craig
Cast: Margaret Simon (Abby Ryder Fortson); Barbara Simon (Rachel McAdams); Herb Simon (Benny Safdie); Sylvia Simon (Kathy Bates); Echo Kellum (Mr. Benedict); 
Book Published: January 1970
Movie Released: April 2023
Pages: 176
Movie Time: 1 Hour, 46 Min
Edition: Special Edition Paperback
Book Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 
Movie Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 

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