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James L. Brooks making “Are you there God? It’s me Margaret”

In the nearly 50 years since she wrote her groundbreaking book Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Judy

 Hailee Steinfeld 

Blume has turned down overtures to turn her seminal novel into a film. Finally, she has said yes.

Blume has granted the rights to producer James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films and Kelly Fremon Craig, who collaborated on The Edge Of Seventeen, the coming of age film that starred Hailee Steinfeld.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret was published in 1970 as a YA novel, but it meant much more to a generation of preadolescent girls looking for answers and a sense they weren’t alone.  Attraction to boys, getting your period and that dreaded first bra.

Margaret also explores questions about faith, while growing up in a home with parents who aren’t affiliated with any religion. She talks to God in the story and begins each prayer by saying, “Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret.”

The book is also one of four books by Blume on the “top 100 banned book list“. Making her the most banned author today.