Just as Long as We're Together (novel)

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Just as Long as We’re Together
Just as Long as We're Together book cover.jpg
First edition
Author Judy Blume
Country United States
Language English
Genre Young adult novel
Publisher Orchard Books
Publication date
1987
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 296 pp
ISBN 1-55736-046-4
OCLC 16900279
Followed by Here's to You, Rachel Robinson

Just as Long as We're Together is a young adult novel written by Judy Blume and published in 1987. It is a companion book to Here's to You, Rachel Robinson.

The novel is narrated by Stephanie 'Steph' Hirsch, who has several changes in her life happening at the same time. She is turning thirteen, her family has just moved, she is starting middle school, her parents are separating, she gains ten pounds over the holidays, she starts menstruating and becoming interested in boys, and her lifelong friendship with the overachieving Rachel Robinson (the later protagonist of Here's to You, Rachel Robinson) is threatened when new girl Alison Monceau moves to town. Stephanie really likes Alison and feels that Rachel is threatened when the twosome becomes a threesome. Will this friendship be saved? Will Stephanie's parents ever get back together?

Allusions and references to other works[edit]

The novel's title is a reference from the popular 1927 song "Side by Side" by Gus Kahn and Harry M. Woods; which Stephanie learned at summer camp and teaches her friends, which she chooses instead her favorite lines in the song:

"Through all kinds of weather
What if the sky should fall
Just as long as we're together
It doesn't matter now at all"

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