Young Adult Book Club – October 2009


On Tuesday, October 27, the Young Adult Book Club (for adult readers) met to discuss Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. The majority of the group felt this book reminded them of their own young adolescent experiences. Here’s what we covered in the discussion:

  • Should Margaret have had more interaction with her parents as she tried to reconcile her views on religion and spirituality?
  • The different relationship between Margaret and her various grandparents. Was Sylvia Simon overbearing, or were she and Margaret forging their own relationship outside of parental approval?
  • Various changes to the text from the first publication in 1970. We all agreed that we prefer books that haven’t been “updated” to keep with the times.
  • How Margaret has the sudden realization that she is cruel to other students, and how that character-defining moment was echoed in another one of our club picks, When You Reach Me.
  • With friends like Nancy, who needs enemies?
  • We were as usual a divided group. Many felt that there was at least some part of the story that they could relate to, but a few felt they couldn’t enter Margaret’s world at all.

Please, share your thoughts on Margaret in the comments section!

going bovineOur next pick is Going Bovine by Libba Bray. Cameron drifts through high school in his perfectly average way until he finds out he’s dying of the human version of mad cow disease.  This mystical, comic novel follows Cameron and his motley crew on a quest for the cure. Bray writes with both humor and tenderness to produce a unique story that will stay with you. We’ve moved up the book club meeting from the last Tuesday of the month to Tuesday November 17, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m, in case you’re traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. Questions? Need to reserve your copy? E-mail or give us a call at 703-548-4092.


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