Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
The main thing Margaret asks God is not to give New Jersey a chance to be horrible, the second request is bigger boobs.
What makes Blume so great is that she regards her readers, which means particularly 12-year-old young ladies, with respect. She’s handling huge subjects here – God and puberty – and she writes about the possible troubles. Margaret is the result of a marriage of her mother, who is Christian, and her father, who is Jewish – and the huge civil argument here is which God, assuming any, will she pick. Her folks have left the choice to her, which she feels is not fair.
“If I should ever have children, I will tell them what religion they are so they can start learning about it at an early age. Twelve is very late to learn.”
She does this all through the book. Margaret’s new closest companion, Nancy, is a mean person. Blume doesn’t precisely say this, and there’s (seemingly) no character curve. She’s simply there, as a bad person. Blume drops hints that a 6th grade educator is harboring affections for Margaret’s friend Laura Danker, however she leaves it to the reader to decide how seriously to take them. Most shockingly, Margaret’s Christian grandparents come back to her parents to make peace, after abandoning the daughter who married a Jew.
“I lived in New York for eleven and a half years and I don’t think anybody ever asked me about my religion. I never even thought about it. Now, all of a sudden, it was the big thing in my life.”
What young readers remember about this book is that it discusses boobs and periods, and this is the reason Judy Blume is one of the great legends of writing: she considers growing up to be important, which is essential since growing up really is important. Blume doesn’t talk down, and she doesn’t lecture. She is a standout amongst most writers of the 21st century since she sets out to address matters like periods, puberty, and sex.
“How can I stop worrying when I don’t know if I’m going to turn out normal?” “I promise, you’ll turn out normal.”
What makes a difference is that, 50 years after her books first appeared, Blume’s voice is still evident, non-judgmental, and significant. This is a book of complete honesty and valid information. God won’t build your bust, as Judy Blume will demonstrate in one of the best young adult novels of all times.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
All books are intimate, but Green’s books appear to be particularly so. This one is close in an unexpected way. With this novel, Green isn’t exorcizing the memory of the young lady who stepped on his heart in secondary school. This goes further than secondary school sentiment. This is about existence, demise, love, bravery, and how a sixteen-year-old should manage the way that she will die one day and abandon everybody she is fond of.
This isn’t, as Hazel Lancaster might have stated, a Cancer Book. None of the diseased patients in this story have shrewdness past their years, and they don’t stoically acknowledge the way that they will die or battle courageously. Hazel Lancaster, a terminal sixteen-year-old who needs to carry an oxygen tank wherever she goes, is a reader of Great Books and a fan of America’s Next Top Model.
Augustus Waters, her amputee companion, wants to leave an enduring impact on the world and philosophizes about courage, and his most loved book is about a computer game.
“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”
Everything here is genuine, particularly the terminal illness. Green influences you to feel Hazel’s lungs attempting to inhale and the agony that results. (Keep in mind how in A Walk to Remember, Mandy Moore was covertly dying of leukemia, yet the entire time however looked extraordinary, even on her deathbed? Nicholas Sparks failed in that one.
Above all, Hazel and Augustus are not characterized by their disease. It ends their lives, yet it doesn’t characterize them.
“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This book is amazing. It is a great read for teenagers. It is beautiful to see a legit and profound character such as Charlie. He will make readers consider the great things and what truly matters in life. Reader will receive as much in return as if they were a part of the book themselves.
“We are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose wherever we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”
Created by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower would need to be a standout amongst the smartest young adult and up books you can read. It’s a gathering of letters written by a kid who calls himself Charlie.
He writes “to know that someone out there listens and understands and doesn’t try to sleep with people even if they could have. (He) need(s) to know that these people exist.”
This book discusses drugs, music, sex, writing, sexuality, movies, and every day life. The primary character, Charlie, a green bean in the mid-1990s, has quite recently started secondary school. Following his meeting with Sam and Patrick, two seniors who turn into his closest companions, Charlie starts to encounter the great experiences of life.
He was often more a shy type who would rather “use thought to not participate in life.”
“The world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends, the world of sex, drugs and the rocky horror picture show, when all you need is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite…”