Author Judy Blume has given us the beloved books Summer Sisters, Wifey, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, among many many others. One of the books she is best known for is Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. The story follows the character of Margaret, the daughter of an interfaith couple, as she tries to find God. The book, first published in 1970, is world renowned for its frank discussion of topics such as religion, puberty, and sexuality.
ProPublica reporter Jessica Huseman noticed this new edition of the classic novel with a modern twist in its cover art:
This sparked a fierce debate about whether God responds to texts:
That is ridiculous. God is notorious for not responding to text messages. Cover art totally unbelievable.— Geoff Johnson (@GeofftheJohnson) March 25, 2018
And if God were to respond, what would it look like?
What’s gods number? I have a question about why she built me like a meatloaf.— gracie (@scaredofmymom) March 26, 2018
Many people didn't mind the cover:
I thought it was a fun way to bring the book into 2018. It’s more enticing to a younger generation.— Brian Bradley (@brianjbradley) March 26, 2018
I have so much confidence in her books to honestly say that her written words are credible with this book cover or any previous ones.— Monica Guerra (@monaloca) March 26, 2018
Actually I like the new art 🙈🤷🏻♀️😬 they also got rid of the sanitary belts?— melissa (@fatgirlinohio) March 25, 2018
But it still had its naysayers:
Just the sight of this from across the room gives me menstrual cramp pains.— Abigail Breiseth (@abinbaltimore) March 26, 2018
Sometimes even Judy Blume has to keep up with the times.
And that's true no matter what the cover looks like.