History Literature / AreYouThereGodItsMeMargaret

31st Jul '16 7:13:43 PM Fireblood
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* IHaveNoSon: Or I have no daughter, or I have no son in law. Part of the plot involves Margaret's grandparents on her mother's side disowning her mother because they are religious bigots and did not want her to marry Margaret's Jewish father. This is why Margaret is raised with no religion. They later express a desire to reconcile, though only with her, and not the father, whom they don't even mention in their letter and act as if doesn't exist when they come to visit. When they leave it's implied they still haven't fully reconciled with her yet.

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* IHaveNoSon: Or I have no daughter, or I have no son in law. Part of the plot involves Margaret's grandparents on her mother's side disowning her mother because they are religious bigots and did not want her to marry Margaret's Jewish father. This is why Margaret is raised with no religion. They later express a desire to reconcile, though only with her, and not the her father, whom they don't even mention in their letter and act as if doesn't exist when they come to visit. When they leave it's implied they still haven't fully reconciled with her yet.



* TheJoyOfX: '''Are You There, God? It's Me, X''' The originator of this variant.

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* TheJoyOfX: '''Are You There, God? It's Me, X''' X.''' The originator of this variant.



* SlutShaming: Happens to the busty Laura Danker, the boys ogle her while the girls treat her as a pariah, especially Nancy who makes up rumors about the girl making out with Nancy's brother and his friend.

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* SlutShaming: Happens to the busty Laura Danker, the Danker. The boys ogle her while the girls treat her as a pariah, especially Nancy who makes up rumors about the girl making out with Nancy's brother and his friend.friend. Sadly this can be {{truth in television}} for girls with large breasts.
28th Jul '16 8:21:14 PM PaulA
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* [[HormoneAddledTeenager Hormone Addled Preteens]]: The book was written in 1970 when it was taboo to talk about puberty outside of health class, so at the time Margaret and her friends may have come off as one of these.

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* [[HormoneAddledTeenager Hormone Addled Preteens]]: HormoneAddledTeenager: The book was written in 1970 when it was taboo to talk about puberty outside of health class, so at the time Margaret and her friends may have come off as one of these.



* [[JewishMother Jewish Grandmother]]: Margaret maternal grandmother, true to form, nags her son but dotes on Margaret.

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* [[JewishMother Jewish Grandmother]]: Margaret maternal JewishMother: Margaret's paternal grandmother, true to form, nags her son but dotes on Margaret.
28th Jul '16 8:19:24 PM PaulA
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* BrandX: Feminine supplies are given the brand names Private Lady and Teenage Softies, although Tampax is mentioned once.


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* MalignedMixedMarriage: Margaret's parents eloped because Margaret's Christian maternal grandparents wouldn't accept their daughter's relationship with a Jewish man.
28th Jul '16 7:30:34 PM PaulA
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''Are You There God? It's Me Margaret.'' is generally considered to be a YoungAdult novel and was written by Creator/JudyBlume in 1970.



''Are You There God? It's Me Margaret.'' is generally considered to be a YoungAdult novel and was written by JudyBlume in 1970. Because it has puberty and the questioning of religious faith as a large part of its subject matter, it was also subsequently banned from many school libraries and reading lists.

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''Are You There God? It's Me Margaret.'' is generally considered to be a YoungAdult novel and was written by JudyBlume in 1970. Because it has puberty and the questioning of religious faith as a large part of its subject matter, it was also subsequently banned from many school libraries and reading lists. lists.
28th Jul '16 2:25:21 AM PaulA
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* ParentsAsPeople: The religious issues affecting Margaret affect her parents too. They're good parents for most of the book, until Margaret's maternal grandparents show up... whereupon they cancel Margaret's holiday in order to meet them, only to spend the entire visit using her to placate or annoy her grandparents.
19th Apr '16 7:34:50 AM Scabbard
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* NoPeriodsPeriod: The puberty exception. This is a major plot point of the book. Margaret and her friends are greatly looking forward to starting their periods and are frustrated that they haven't, to the point where [[spoiler: Nancy lies about getting hers]]. Margaret gets extremely upset as her two friends get theirs before she does. [[spoiler: She ends up being the next to last one to get hers]]. Also, [[spoiler: Nancy gets extremely upset when she does get hers for real]]. Educating girls about menstruation seems to have been an important part of the book: the newer editions have even been updated so that, instead of describing belts and such, Margaret now uses modern sanitary napkins(as even today, most doctors or mothers refrain from advising the use of tampons for very young girls).

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* NoPeriodsPeriod: The puberty exception. This is a major plot point of the book. Margaret and her friends are greatly looking forward to starting their periods and are frustrated that they haven't, to the point where [[spoiler: Nancy lies about getting hers]]. Margaret gets extremely upset as her two friends get theirs before she does. [[spoiler: She ends up being the next to last one to get hers]]. Also, [[spoiler: Nancy gets extremely upset when she does get hers for real]]. Educating girls about menstruation seems to have been an important part of the book: the newer editions have even been updated so that, instead of describing belts and such, Margaret now uses modern sanitary napkins(as napkins (as even today, most doctors or mothers refrain from advising the use of tampons for very young girls).
4th Nov '15 3:56:14 PM AdelePotter
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* [[JewishMother Jewish Grandmother]]

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* [[JewishMother Jewish Grandmother]]Grandmother]]: Margaret maternal grandmother, true to form, nags her son but dotes on Margaret.


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* TearsOfRemorse: After [[DidYouThinkICantFeel Laura calls out Margaret for participating in the bullying against her]], Margaret follows her to church, and enters the confessional booth after Laura leaves. When the priest asks Margaret what she wants to confess, all Margaret can say is, "I'm sorry" before rushing away and breaking down crying.


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* WhatTheHellHero: Laura does this to Margaret for believing the rumors about her and assuming she's a slut because she's more developed than other girls their age. It takes -- Margaret instantly realizes Laura's right, and is genuinely sorry.
4th Nov '15 3:07:05 PM Jayalaw
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* CallingTheOldManOut: Calling out the grandparents in this case. Margaret gets furious when her mother's parents insist that Margaret must be a Christian and to overlook the "sins" of her father being Jewish. She was already angry at them for coming to visit and making her cancel her "vacation," but this was the RageBreakingPoint.


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* {{Fainting}}: Nancy does this [[spoiler: when she gets her period for real]]. Margaret isn't amused.


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* KickTheDog: Margaret making fun of Nancy, leading the other to burst into tears.
22nd Jun '15 7:02:52 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* NoPeriodsPeriod: The puberty exception. This is a major plot point of the book. Margaret and her friends are greatly looking forward to starting their periods and are frustrated that they haven't, to the point where [[spoiler: Nancy lies about getting hers]]. Margaret gets extremely upset as her two friends get theirs before she does. [[spoiler: She ends up being the next to last one to get hers]]. Also, [[spoiler: Nancy gets extremely upset when she does get hers for real]].
** Educating girls about menstruation seems to have been an important part of the book: the newer editions have even been updated so that, instead of describing belts and such, Margaret now uses modern sanitary napkins.

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* NoPeriodsPeriod: The puberty exception. This is a major plot point of the book. Margaret and her friends are greatly looking forward to starting their periods and are frustrated that they haven't, to the point where [[spoiler: Nancy lies about getting hers]]. Margaret gets extremely upset as her two friends get theirs before she does. [[spoiler: She ends up being the next to last one to get hers]]. Also, [[spoiler: Nancy gets extremely upset when she does get hers for real]].
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real]]. Educating girls about menstruation seems to have been an important part of the book: the newer editions have even been updated so that, instead of describing belts and such, Margaret now uses modern sanitary napkins.napkins(as even today, most doctors or mothers refrain from advising the use of tampons for very young girls).
1st May '15 12:21:25 PM pittsburghmuggle
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* ComingOfAgeStory

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* ComingOfAgeStoryComingOfAgeStory: Margaret starts thinking about larger, more abstract, adult things, and this culminates with her first period.
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