“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”


Mackenzie Patenaude, Writer

Acclaimed author Judy Blume is known and loved, especially for her work in children and young adult fiction- but, like many authors, her books have been included in the banned book controversy. 

Blume’s coming-of-age novel “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” includes frank talk of menstruation, the development of female bodies, and religious identity. Due to these “mature” topics, parents argue young students should not read this book, and many U.S. schools have restricted its checkout without parental consent. On the other hand, many feel this book is a great way to educate young girls, as it embodies girlhood in a realistic but gentle and relatable way.  

Regardless of the books’ place in schools, it will find its place in theatres as it hits the big screen this spring.  

The book will be adapted into a movie, starring Abby Ryder Fortson as sixth-grader Margaret Simon. The impact of “Are You There God? It’s Me? Margaret” will live on, helping the next generation of young girls learn more about themselves and the changes they are going through at such a confusing time.  

The movie comes to theaters April 28, 2023. Go see it for a taste of nostalgia, or a fun and educational way to learn about the beauty and innocence of adolescence.