Author: Judy Blume
Once again it’s Friday, so it’s the day for my 2011 weekly post, and I’m back with another book review. This week, I’m talking about Just As Long As We’re Together by Judy Blume. This book is about a girl named Stephanie Hirsh and her friends, one old—Rachel Robinson, and the other new—Alison Monceau. Stephanie also deals with her parents divorcing, and her weight in this book.
Stephanie’s father Steve travels for his job (public relations), and he’s been away for a while now, but it’s obvious to Rachel that Stephanie’s parents have split up. Unfortunately for Stephanie, she learns all of this on Thanksgiving Day, so her holiday season is ruined. Stephanie’s mother Rowena says she didn’t tell her daughter because she seemed so happy with her friends and school, and Rowena didn’t want to burst her bubble.
Soon after hearing about the divorce, Stephanie begins to eat and gains a lot of weight. She keeps the divorce a secret from her friends, even though the three girls promised they’d tell each other everything. Eventually, Rachel finds out from her mom, who ran into Rowena. When Rachel finds out, she and Stephanie get into a huge fight, and the two of them stop speaking. When Stephanie gains weight as a result of the divorce, Rowena gets concerned and calls the family doctor, and Stephanie goes on a diet.
I won’t spoil the ending, but it didn’t end in a way I thought gave closure to the book.
I enjoyed this book a lot. The characters seemed a little too mature for twelve-year-olds at times, especially Rachel, but all in all the book was good.
So this was a short review and I’ll update again in a week.