[[caption-width-right:182:No. [[ContemptibleCover This book is not]] [[CoversAlwaysLie some smutty romance novel]]. You sicko.]]
''Are You There God? It's Me Margaret.'' is generally considered to be a YoungAdult novel and was written by Creator/JudyBlume in 1970.

It's [[TheSixties the 1960s]] and [[NaiveEverygirl Margaret, the protagonist of this book]], is a sixth-grade girl who is struggling over the issue of faith. Her mother is a Christian and her father is Jewish, but up until that point she considered herself non-religious. She also deals with the issues of growing up and puberty, such as periods, liking boys, getting her first bra and being jealous of girls who grew breasts sooner, hence the book cover.

Because it has puberty and the questioning of religious faith as a large part of its subject matter, it was subsequently banned from many school libraries and reading lists.
!! This book provides examples of:

* ACupAngst: A major plot point is Margaret and her friends being frustrated over the fact that they haven't started developing breasts yet.
** DCupDistress: However, as Laura Danker will happily tell them, it's not all they're cracking it up to be.
* AlphaBitch: Nancy Wheeler, Margaret's friend, she manipulates her friends into following her lead along with rubbing salt into their insecurities (Gretchen's weight and Margaret's flat chest) and spreading rumors about Laura Danker.
* BetaBitch: Margaret becomes one herself when she confronts Laura Danker at the library. The twist: she suddenly realizes she's been blindly following Nancy's lead in ostracizing/tormenting Laura and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone immediately feels bad for it]].
* BrandX: Feminine supplies are given the brand names Private Lady and Teenage Softies, although Tampax is mentioned once.
* 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.
* ComingOfAgeStory: Margaret starts thinking about larger, more abstract, adult things, and this culminates with her first period.
* CoolOldLady: Margaret's Jewish grandmother.
* DidYouThinkICantFeel: Laura Danker tells off Margaret for accusing her of sneaking around with 14 year old boys and tells her about how hard it is to develop breasts before your peers do.
* {{Fainting}}: Nancy does this [[spoiler: when she gets her period for real]]. Margaret isn't amused.
* FakeBoobs: Cotton balls.
* FakePeriodExcuse: A variant. [[spoiler:Nancy pretends to get her first period to try to impress her friends. This backfires when it actually does happen later and Margaret witnesses Nancy panic.]]
* FascinatingEyebrow: Margaret can raise one eyebrow and does it occasionally to get adults to stop asking her questions. She doesn't know why it has that effect, but it does.
* FourGirlEnsemble: More like the "Four Pre-Teen Sensations" Gretchen is the somewhat mannish one, Janie is shy and sweet, Nancy is a bit of a slut wannabe, and Margaret is the narrator who sees everything.
* GreenEyedMonster: Prominent throughout the book. Margaret is continuously jealous of various factors involved with puberty; Laura Denker having large breasts, her crush paying attention to other girls, and not getting her period before her friends.
* 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.
* HugeSchoolgirl: Laura Danker is not only the bustiest girl, she's also tall enough to be almost mistaken for a teacher, during a dance lesson she had to dance with the teacher.
* 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 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.
* JewishMother: Margaret's paternal grandmother, true to form, nags her son but dotes on Margaret.
* TheJoyOfX: '''Are You There, God? It's Me, X.''' The originator of this variant.
* MalignedMixedMarriage: Margaret's parents eloped because Margaret's Christian maternal grandparents wouldn't accept their daughter's relationship with a Jewish man.
* MoralGuardians: None of the potential reasons for banning this book were very good. [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny Nowadays at least]]. Is it bad to have an open, but non-religious relationship with {{God}}? Is it possible that by not letting your daughters read a tasteful first-hand account of puberty, [[SarcasmMode it will end up like smoking and drugs and be one of those things that they never do?]]
* NaiveEverygirl: Margaret.
* 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).
* 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.
* PrecociousCrush: Margaret has one on Moose, a teenager.
* PuppyLove: Filled with it, seeing as it's a book about puberty.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Not fully played out in the usual way, but Margaret's father tells her this after she starts wearing bras.
* TheSixties: The novel takes place in this time period, although it was written right at the start of TheSeventies.
* 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. Sadly this can be {{truth in television}} for girls with large breasts.
* SpinTheBottle: The girls play this game with their classmates at a birthday party, but come to the conclusion that it's lame and decide to play [[TenMinutesInTheCloset "two minutes in the closet"]] instead.
* SweaterGirl: Laura Danker wears one of these because she's the only one in her sixth grade class with breasts big enough to pull this trope off.
* 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.
* TenMinutesInTheCloset: Margaret and her classmates play this at a birthday party, except it's "Two Minutes in the Closet", and they don't have a big enough closet, so they use a bathroom instead.
* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: God is being addressed. Therefore, it should be ''Are You There''''',''''' God?'' [[GrammarNazi This has bugged readers for decades.]] Some newer editions have altered the title to account for this.
* 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.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Nancy Wheeler, isn't what one would call a sweet and reliable friend.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: In-Universe, Laura Danker. With her busty frame and long legs, she is almost mistaken for being the teacher by Margaret on the first day of school.