Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is a funny, reassuring novel. The humor of the novel arises from three sources: reversals of expectations, ambiguous actions that are misperceived, and Margaret's unintentionally funny narration. Many reversals occur in the novel; for instance, the students in Margaret's sixth-grade class try to fool their teacher, Miles J. Benedict, by not writing their names on a test only to find graded tests on the appropriate desks the next class period because Benedict recognized his students' handwriting, and thus the tricksters are tricked. When...
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