Are you there God, It's me Margaret

(OSV News) – Since its publication in 1970, Judy Blume's novel for adolescents "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" has won widespread popularity among readers in its targeted demographic and garnered critical plaudits. Yet the book has also sparked controversy due to its frank treatment of subjects some consider off-limits for kids.

While the era of avocado-colored appliances may seem like an age of innocence compared to the pronoun-obsessed present, parents may still be doubtful about Blume's work and therefore about writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig's eponymous adaptation (Lionsgate). Although the film is a generally upbeat affair, such caution is not entirely unwarranted.

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