Judy Blume's Are You There God? is finally being adapted for film

The book, published in 1970, follows a sixth-grader who starts to explore her faith after growing up without any religious affiliation

Clarisse Loughrey
Thursday 18 October 2018 11:39 BST
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'Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret' author Judy Blume
'Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret' author Judy Blume

One of Judy Blume’s most famous books is finally being adapted into a film, nearly 50 years after it was first published.

Blume has granted the rights to adapt Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret to producer James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films and Kelly Fremon Craig, according to Deadline.

Fremon Craig made her directorial debut with the Hailiee Steinfeld-starring drama The Edge of Seventeen; she is set to both adapt and direct Blume’s book.

Are You There God?, published in 1970, follows sixth-grader Margaret who has grown up without any religious affiliation, but begins to attend different churches and explore different religious practices in an effort to better understand her own faith.

The book’s popularity has largely stemmed from its honest portrayal of a teen girl’s experiences, from crushes to puberty and menstruation.

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“It is this right of passage for women and girls,” Fremon Craig said. “It’s rare for me to run into a woman or girl who hasn’t read it and every time I’ve mentioned it to a woman, they clutch their heart and let out this joyful gasp.”

“There’s something so timely and full of truth and I remember for me that at that age, it felt like a life raft at a time when you’re lost and searching and unsure. This book comes along and tells you you’re not alone. Women remember where they were when they read it. I can’t think of another book you can say that about.”

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