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Then Again, Maybe I Won't by Judy Blume

Then Again, Maybe I Won't (1971)

by Judy Blume

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What can I say? I've been in the mood for Judy Blume and revisiting my childhood.

This book is more clearly dated, especially from a class-distinction POV; nowadays even 'posh' people don't look twice at owning a truck. But I doubt very much that anything important has changed: Judy Blume nails what it means to be a confused teen with more questions than answers and no good place to ask them, and she so clearly illustrates that kids don't care about money; at least not until their parents have taught them to.

Then Again, Maybe I Won't is Blume's only YA book told from the POV of a boy and in typical Blume style she doesn't pull any punches. Tony is a boy going through puberty with all potential for embarrassment that comes with it. As a teen myself, I read it because it was scandalous, of course, but after reading it I also remember thinking "huh - girls aren't the only ones that got screwed". It was a nicely equalising thought.

I'm guessing recent editions of this book have been updated to remove most of the anachronisms. If so, I'd recommend it to anybody's teen - but only because I'd probably have no chance of getting them to read the "old fashioned" original. ( )
  murderbydeath | Jan 16, 2017 |
The main character spies on his teenage neighbor as she undresses in front of a curtain-less window. He tells his parents the binoculars are for bird-watching. It's kind of disturbing, and it's what I remember most vividly from the book.
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
This chapter book from Judy Blume is about a young adolescent boy who moves away from his hometown when his father receives a new job. The story goes through his journey into adolescence and the emotions he experiences. The mature themes in this book would lead it to be appropriate for adolescent children, mainly boys as they will have an easier time relating to the main character Tony. The book is a wonderful story for adolescent boys who feel that they are going through puberty alone and no one understands what they are going through.
  SKugle | Oct 24, 2013 |
A classic Judy Blume coming-of-age story.
The many changes in Tony Miglione's life from his twelfth year to his thirteenth are lovingly written by Ms. Blume.
Puberty, dad's new job, moving the family to a richer neighborhood, new friends, new niece, new thoughts about girls.
Well told story. ( )
  aimless22 | Jan 14, 2013 |
A traditional Judy Blume coming of age story. It features a like-able young boy, Tony, and the hardships of growing up. Tony just wants life back the way it used to be, which is something I think almost all of us can relate to. I have read many Judy Blume novels and they are all well written. Then Again, Maybe I Won't is no exception to her high standards. ( )
  chlokie | Feb 5, 2011 |
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Unable to accept or explain his family's newly acquired wealth, his growing interest in sex, and a friend's shoplifting habit, a thirteen-year-old finds the pains in his stomach getting worse and worse.

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