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Deenie by Judy Blume

Deenie (1973)

by Judy Blume

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Originally written in 1973 there are some parts of the story that feel dated but overall the story accurate for today. Deenie is an aspiring model who learns she has scoliosis. I was so worried about this character, I found myself listening to the audio book in the car, on lunch and even in the morning before work. Readers will empathize with how Deenie handles the challenges of being visibly and physically different from their peers. ( )
  SparklePonies | Mar 6, 2014 |
One of those teen classics I'd never read. Deenie is believably shallow--a product of her mother's obsession with Deenie's modeling--and her changes over the course of the book are swift (it's only 144 pages) but satisfying. She's largely unlikeable at first, but by the end she's a very sympathetic character. I'm confused as to what Blume is "saying" with the Buddy storyline, though--basically Deenie's scoliosis brace keeps him from feeling her up, and that's all right with both parties?

Like most other Judy Blume books, it's marketed towards tweens, but some individual sexual content may raise some objections from parents of younger tweens. ( )
  DeweyEver | Mar 21, 2013 |
It was a great book.One of the best books I have read.It shows.determination and that disability can't stop you from your dream. ( )
  AnnMaryVincent | Mar 1, 2013 |
I loved this book! It was one of the best books i have read. It shows lots about being different with a disability. ( )
  mmontague | Jun 9, 2011 |
Deenie is about a 13-year old girl who has a pretty good life, apart from her overbearing mother. But when she tries out for cheerleading, her gym teacher notices something: Deenie’s hips are uneven. After seeing several doctors and specialists, she is diagnosed with scoliosis. Deenie now has to wear a Milwaukee Brace until she completes her growth spurt around age 17. She is devastated. When she gets her brace, we see Deenie go through the 5 stages of grief as they pertain to her condition. She angrily cuts off her hair at one point, but eventually accepts that her brace is part of her life now. Deenie actually deals with this fairly well compared to the adults in her life. Her mother is a stage mom who drags her to modeling agencies in hopes of getting her signed, and she has the most trouble accepting her daughter’s fate. Her father and older sister are much more realistic and supportive, although Deenie’s medical care affects both of them in ways they hadn’t anticipated. Deenie’s school principal decides that Deenie is crippled now, and tries to get her to ride the short bus to school. But Deenie’s friends are made of sterner stuff than the adults. They don’t reject her because of the change in her life. ( )
  hollyhox | Apr 9, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440932599, Mass Market Paperback)

When Deenie finds out that she has scoliosis, she’s scared. When she sees the brace for the first time, she wants to scream.

But the words won’t come out. And Deenie, beautiful Deenie, who everyone says should be a model, is stuck wearing a brace from her neck to her hips. For four years—or longer. She never worried about how she looked before—how will she ever face the hard times ahead?

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A thirteen-year-old girl seemingly destined for a modeling career finds she has a deformation of the spine called scoliosis.

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