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Millions of tween and teenage girls have read Judy Blume’s coming-of-age classic, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret since it was published in 1970. 

And now, all those girls who’ve come of age themselves can take their own daughters and nieces and friends to the movie version of the bestselling novel

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret—the movie!— will hit theaters April 28th, as confirmed by the author on Facebook: 

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret follows 11-year-old Margaret Simon (Abby Ryder Forston) as she moves with her family from New York City to the suburbs of New Jersey. Margaret is the new kid in a new school, facing all sorts of new things as she and her sixth-grade friends grapple with puberty and growing up.

Margaret’s parents, Barbara (Rachel McAdams) and Herb (Benny Safdie) have an interfaith marriage, something that leads Margaret down her own path of religious self-discovery. Her conversation with God (“Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret.”) narrates the story as she explores both the Christian faith of her mother’s side of the family and the Jewish faith of her father’s side. Kathy Bates also stars as Margaret’s grandma, Sylvia. 

But more than any other theme, the story is about those awkward, uncomfortable, slightly terrifying tween years. 

It’s made the young adult book a point of controversy over the years for broaching teen sexuality and religion within its pages. It’s been challenged and banned in various libraries across the country in its 50+ year life, and it’s the book many kids read without their parents ever knowing. 

And it’s taken all those years for Blume to grant the film rights to Margaret’s story. In 2018, she made a deal with writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen) and James L. Brooks (The Simpsons, Broadcast News)’s production company, Gracie Films, to bring the movie to life. 

It seems most fans of the book really have only one wish for Margaret’s leap to the silver screen: please, please, please be good. 

You can see for yourself on April 28th when Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret comes to a theater near you.

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