by Judy Blume
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
Category: Of Interest to Girls
Personal Evaluation: This book is pretty famous and much-parodied, so I was well aware of it years before I ever read it but I had no idea what it was about. If I’d known it was about a girl in an interfaith family, I might have picked it up much earlier to see how Margaret’s thoughts and situation echoed my own. It turns out, not so closely, but I liked her journey. Interfaith families have been a huge topic of discussion in the Jewish community for years, so it was really interesting to read what a girl might have been thinking along those lines in the 1970s.
What might interest children: Because I read this as an adult, the adolescence part did not seem as important to me, but Blume has a knack for putting her finger right on what girls are going through when puberty hits, so I know that’s a big part of the draw for her readers. Besides that, Margaret is incredibly real and seems like a friend, which keeps you reading.