What is the internal conflict in the book Just as Long as We're Together by Judy Blume?

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The internal conflict in Judy Blume's, As Long As We're Together, arises from the many changes in the life of Stephanie Hoch, the main character. She and Rachel, have been life-long friends. That is until a new girl, Alison, arrives on the scene. Stephanie has high hopes that the three of them will be able to be best friend now that they are in seventh grade and have discovered boys. She hopes that they can share there deepest secrets and feelings.

But Stephanie's life is changing on a number of levels. Her parents separate, her best friend, Rachel, is academically superior, and the new girl, Alison, is immediately popular. These things happen as she is becoming a teen-ager, a time of angst for most young girls. All of these thing create an inner tension in Stephanie. Can she  be supportive of her little sister, can she maintain her friendship with Rachel while building a new one with Rachel? And, on top of that, what should she do about her feelings for Jeremy Dragon? She feels self-doubt.

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