Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret (Judy Blume)

This novel is listed as one of the All TIME  100 Novels. First published in 1970, apparently this novel has turned many pre-teens into readers (mostly girls). I completely agree with this. This is a simple, straight-forward novel that takes the reader through predicaments of a young girl coming of age.

The narration is humorous too but in a matter-of-fact way, no nonsense. While I was reading this, it is like I am reading a pre-teen girl’s diary – had a weird guilty feeling.  In addition, this book is meant for pre-teens/teens and is found in ‘Young People’ section of the library, not meant for adults! Let out a sigh of relief after I got myself to finish reading it – now I don’t have to be guilty. Innocence of a girl of twelve trying to come to terms with religion, age, ‘peer’ pressure, confessions, etc. The narration reminded me a bit of Holden Caulfield – very mild, of course. Loved it all through!!! -k.