I am not sure how I went through childhood not reading this book since it seems like it is such a classic coming of age ritual now, but somehow I did. I kind of wish I would have read it as a 10 or 12 year old. I think Margaret’s story, while a little dated, has such universal appeal that all young girls can relate to it. I can see why it has become the classic it has.
Margaret is just like every tween girl I have ever known or was. She is worried about growing up, school, boys, friends, her body. The unique thing about Margaret is that she wonders about religion. She comes from a mixed religion family: her mom is Christian her dad is Jewish but really they don’t practice any religion. Her parents are going to let her decide what she wants to believe when she is old enough. Margaret talks to God all the time but she doesn’t have a religion.
I really enjoyed Margaret’s story and her journey. I think her her struggles are ones that all young girls can identify with. Who didn’t worry about getting boobs or what your friends were wearing or what boys were cute? I understand putting the period in a positive light but I am not sure I know of any girls who actually looked forward to getting their period or were that excited about it. That might have been the only part I found the least bit unrealistic. The rest of the book seems like a look at a typical 6th grader. Sure it was a bit dated in parts, but that added to the charm. I think it definitely stands the test of time.