• Charlotte Hope

Book Review: Are you There God? It's Me, Margaret.

I read a book my mom loved when she was my age- it was weird. Will future generations like the books that I love?

Have you ever come across a book too dated to read? That is how I felt when I read Are You There God? It's Me, Margret. It was so weird, I really don't know what to write.

About the Book

I've decided to start with a few facts about the plot and the book. Are You There God? It's Me, Margret. by Judy Blume, was first published in 1970. The is story about Margret Simon figuring out how to adjust to life in her new town, while desperately wanting to change. She is beginning to go through puberty, but isn't growing as fast as her classmates. The book has very strong themes about moving and coming of age.

What Makes Something Dated?

What makes things like The Wizard of Oz classics, and books like Are You There God? It's Me, Margret. dated? Frank L. Baum wrote The Wizard of Oz before Judy Blume could even pick up a pen, much less write any of the books she is famous for today. I believe that it can depend on three things: The theme, the ideas, and the characters. Let me explain...

The Theme : If you have a book with a theme about vinyl records and record players, half the young people in the 21st century won't know what you're talking about. But if you write about an adventure through the jungles of a forgotten island, it may outlive your century.

The Ideas : Many ideas in the 1970's are different from ideas right now. It's the same thing with Are You There God? It's Me, Margret. People didn't talk about menstruating or growing up. At the time Ms. Blume's book was viewed as modern, or sharing to much information about girls. Unfortunately, some items or religious choices aren't the same thing people use or think in the present day. Even though Are You There God? It's Me, Margret. was updated, I still found it weird.

The Characters : The characters' ideas can affect if your book is considered a "classic" or dated. If there was a book with the main character's thought portraying women as weak-minded or "the lesser gender" that book won't even get last a month before becoming dated. However, if your book has diversity and sustainable ideas, you are on the way to making a classic.

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