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‘Life isn’t easy for Margret . She’s moved away from her childhood home, she’s starting a new school, finding new friends – and she’s convinced she’s not normal. For a start she hasn’t got a clue if she wants to be Jewish like her father or Christian like her mother. Everyone else seems really sure of who they are. And, worst of all, she’s a “late developer”. She just knows that all her friends are going to need a bra before she does. It’s too embarrassing to talk to her parents about these things. So she talks to God instead – and waits for an answer…”
Hey, lovely people! I’ve got a book review for you lot today on a book that’s actually quite old. It was originally released in 1970 but the issues that the book relates to are still things that young girls deal with all of the time. They’re the problems that most girls face growing up regardless of the decade they are in.
It’s a book that I wish I had picked up when I was a little bit younger. The wondering about why everyone seems to be growing up around you and when your period will arrive. Judy Blume captured it all so realistically. She writes about the struggle to make friends and how sometimes, they aren’t always truthful to you, about school gossip and how you should believe everything that you hear. It encompasses everything that a young girl would feel around the age of 12.
What I loved most about the book was the journey that Margret found herself on in regards to God. She talks to him nearly every night about issues that she’s faced in the day and always asks him for help. Throughout the book she struggles with identifying with a specific religion and battling with her grandparents pushing their own agendas on her. In the end, I think this book shows that whatever relationship a person may have with God, it’s always going to be very personal and you shouldn’t have to justify that to anyone.
It’s not an extremely long book to read, I’ll admit. But it’s packs a lot in and you can’t help but get so invested in what’s going on. It made me laugh out loud so many times and recount the things I went through during Primary and the beginning of Secondary School.
If you’re looking for a short, feel-good book then I would definitely recommend this one!
Rating: 4 stars