Study Guide

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Community

By Judy Blume

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If Farbrook, New Jersey is anything at all, it's a community, complete with bowling nights, bridge games, carpools, and PTA chaperones at the school dance. It's like something out of a movie… or a book. One of the biggest adjustments Margaret has to make after her family moves is getting used to the fact that the people of Farbrook are involved in each others' lives. Like really involved. Figuring out how to navigate this, and where she fits into it, is part of Margaret's journey in Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

Questions About Community

  1. What would have happened if the real estate agent hadn't sent out the dossier on the Simons? 
  2. Would Nancy have been able to stake her claim on Margaret?
  3. We bet that Margaret's mother never gets anywhere near the bowling alley. Do you agree? Why or why not?

Chew on This

Because Margaret is new to this type of community, she hasn't quite figured out how to stand her own ground yet. As she spends more time in Farbrook, she is better able to develop her own personality and become a part of the community.

Margaret isn't the only one in over her head: her parents don't know quite what they're getting into either. And while they both had romantic ideas about yard work, it takes more than a fondness for grass to hack it in Farbrook.

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