Then Again, Maybe I Won't

Then Again, Maybe I Won't Ever Since His Dad Got Rich From An Invention And His Family Moved To A Wealthy Neighborhood On Long Island, Tony Miglione S Life Has Been Tumed Upside Down For Starters, There S His New Friend Joel, Who Shoplifts Then There S Joel S Sixteen Year Old Sister, Lisa, Who Gets Undressed Every Night Without Pulling Down Her Shades And There S Grandma, Who Won T Come Down From Her Bedroom On Top Of All His Other Worries, There Are All The Questions Tony Has About Growing UpWhy Couldn T Things Have Stayed The Same

Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head She has spent her adult years in many places doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as Are You There God It s Me, Margaret Blubber Just as Long as We re Together and the five book series about the irrepressible Fu

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  • Hardcover
  • 112 pages
  • Then Again, Maybe I Won't
  • Judy Blume
  • 01 December 2019
  • 9780434928804

10 thoughts on “Then Again, Maybe I Won't

  1. says:

    Us kids all needed SOMEBODY to give us the lowdown on periods and boners back in the 80s, and Judy Blume tended to be a bit reliable than that weird kid on the bus This one s kinda the boy version of Are You There God , demystifying for pre adolescent readers that unfamiliar new stain in their undy dundypants Can you imagine being Judy Blume s child You d have been the most well informed kid on the playground I bet parents never let their kids go to sleepovers at the Blumes, though.

  2. says:

    I think I was about ten years old when I read this book one of a Judy Blume box set I suspect my mother has yet to recover from my ensuing questions Mommy, the book I m reading has a boy in it who keeps saying that it went up Why would he be embarrassed if his ZIPPER went up Was it written wrong After my mother s commendable and surprisingly unflappable explanation, I had some serious thinkin to doI mean, I grew up without brothers, so the nitty gritty of the workings of male anatomy was an absolute mystery to me, at least up to that point.I wonder just how many of us at least those of us who came of age in the 70s and early 80s learned life sbusinessfrom Judy Blume To think, she went from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Super Fudge to Deenie and Forever Subversive

  3. says:

    Then Again, Maybe I Won t is actually one of the few Judy Blume novels from the 1970s that I did not read as a teenager in the early 1980s Yes, I did in fact remember signing Then Again, Maybe I Won t out of our school library, but then returned it mostly unread because at that time of my life from about 1980 to 1984 I was just not all that interested in reading a novel any novel that had not a teenaged girl but a teenaged boy as a main character as I was personally and realistically finding the boys in my class annoyingly immature and boring and could therefore also not imagine finding Then Again, Maybe I Won t either all that relatable or readable since Tony Miglione, the main protagonist, indeed is a thirteen year old teenaged boy And in fact, I never did end up reading Then Again, Maybe I Won t until just a day or so ago, when I came across a vintage copy at my local independent bookstore and thought, well, I guess I should probably also now read Then Again, Maybe I Won t and see how Judy Blume manages to handle a main character who is male and whether her switch from a protagonist who is a teenaged she to one who is a teenaged he reads realistically and feels successful And yes indeed, in my humble opinion, with Then Again, Maybe I Won t Judy Blume definitely demonstrates that she can and does pen her main boy character of Tony Miglione as a realistic teenager, experiencing issues of male puberty including his first penile erections and so called wet dreams , family dysfunction, and after moving, encountering a new best friend who turns out to be not so stellar and is in fact a serial shoplifter even though he tends to be considered a neighbourhood paragon by many And while I certainly have despised on an emotional and personal level how Tony s mother is portrayed by Judy Blue as being rather a typical and increasingly arrogant urban social climber in many ways, considering that in reality there sadly are and always have been many individuals exhibiting these types of character traits, Carmella Miglione s change and devolution in Then Again, Maybe I Won t from a previously mostly contented and generally sweet natured housewife and mother to a person who upon the Miglione family striking it rich when Tony s electrician father goes into business with a well heeled partner selling his electrical box inventions and moving to a posh and upper class neighbourhood, this does definitely feel painfully realistic For although we might as readers be and rightfully so annoyed at and by Tony s mother s increasing snobbiness and her lack of basic understanding and empathy when she basically lets the new and glamorous housekeeper remove the grandmother who had previously done all of the family s cooking from her realm as queen of the kitchen and yes, cooking for the family being the grandmother s one remaining joy and delight , we also do see and must understand that Judy Blume is not simply depicting an unrealistically nasty scenario here but something that sadly feels real and very much woefully so and as such, this realism certainly should be both appreciated and feted And indeed, the only part of Then Again, Maybe I Won t which I have found tacked on and not developed enough, although still realistic, is the part about Tony s older brother Vinny having been killed in action in Vietnam, simply because, while Vinny is often mentioned in Then Again, Maybe I Won t, Judy Blume also never really seems to do all that much with this and does not in my opinion ever smoothly and specifically incorporate either Vinny s death or how the family reacts and feels about this and or the Vietnam War in general into the storyline itself to the point that for me it actually even kind of feels as though since Then Again, Maybe I Won t was published in 1971, Judy Blume might have felt that she somehow needed to include a Vietnam War casualty but that she never really sufficiently then expands on this and kind of just leaves Vinny Miglione having been killed in action hanging in space.

  4. says:

    Ah yes, my introduction to hard ons and semen I had no idea what either of them were, and they re not really explained in the book, so I was in the dark for some time Why does this guy get to masturbate while Margaret simply waits to need a bra and get her period Unfair At least Deenie got to get off in the midst of having scholiosis, I suppose

  5. says:

    I read this for a real world book club it took about two hours to breeze through Strangely, it was published in 1971 when I would have been twelve years old, just like the boy in the story, but I never heard of it then and was only vaguely aware of the author s name until now.It struck me as a strange book The prose was pretty juvenile, with short and uncomplicated sentences Is it intended for tweens I don t know, it seems a nice I guess I m not a freak after all message might be good about then, but I didn t actually have any problems adjusting to early adolescence now, mid and late teens with rebellion, generalized maladjustment and hair trigger emotions that was trouble But at about twelve I think I was reading stuff like Christopher Johns kid s scifi Tripod Trilogy expected to be a movie in 2012 and stuff like Old Yeller and My Side of the Mountain Not introspective stuff.My rating is based on the purely hypothetical question of whether I would hand this to a kid Yeah, I would boy or girl, but probably a bit younger than the ages of those in the book By the time kids are going through those changes, the privacy instinct is going to kick in pretty hard and they ll have a tough time asking questions about what they ve read I figure get this to them a bit before that hits and talk to them about the freaky stuff afterwards.

  6. says:

    This was one of the few Judy Blume books I didn t read when I was younger I guess it always seemed like a boy s book to me but a friend was going on and on about reading it when she was younger and I felt like I was missing out so I got if from the library Wasn t there an After School Special about the book too I know I m dating myself but I think Leif Garret was in it and he just always seemed like bad news maybe that was why I stayed away from the book back then too.The book is kind of like Are You There God It s me Margaret for boys Tony, the main character, is going through puberty and starts spying on the girl next door He even asks for binoculars for Christmas so he can watch her It s weird to read the book and see how it s no big deal that s he watching the girl next door undress He even tells the psychologist he s seeing for anxiety about it and he doesn t even react Today the kid would be in a treatment program for juvenille sex offenders but in the book it s no big deal It was fun to go back and read a book like this, even if it s kind of warped It makes me want to read some of my favorite Judy Blume books

  7. says:

    The boy version of Are You There, God It s Me, Margaret I enjoyed this one though not as much as Margaret I never read this as a kid, but reading it as an adult makes me appreciate how much of a pioneer Judy Blume really was She s not afraid to write about anything, no matter how taboo the subject I ll definitely be sharing this one with my son when he s a bit older Even though it s a bit dated now, Tony s teenage problems are universal and still very much relevant.

  8. says:

    Blast from the past I was looking for a light read and I realized that there are a lot of books on my shelf that I bought at Second Charles last year but never read So this week I decided to read Then Again, Maybe I Won t by Judy Blume, who was always one of my favorite authors when I was a kid.This is the story of Tony Miglione, a thirteen year old boy from Jersey City His family is used to living a modest lifestyle until his father sells an invention and makes quite a bit of money The family moves to a Long Island town called Rosemont and discovers a lifestyle filled with all of life s creature comforts, and Tony likes his new life at first Who wouldn t love a nice big house and a new 10 speed bike But as his parents grow a little too comfortable with their lavish lifestyle, they change, and change isn t always a good thing.I liked this book a lot because Tony always had such a good head on his shoulder throughout the whole novel Sure, there were a few things he did if you ve read this book, you ll know what I mean that were immoral But what thirteen year old doesn t have a few bad habits Haha.Overall, it was a great story and one that I would have loved to read when I was growing up The themes of growing up, coping with change, and standing up for what you believe in are great themes for readers of all ages If you re a fan of Judy Blume coming of age stories, make sure you check this book out Take care,Marian

  9. says:

    Judy Blume is J.D Salinger for the tween set Like The Catcher in the Rye, Then Again Maybe I Won t has the same elements, just a younger protagonist Exhibit A Angst and isolation it s lonely being a 13 year old boy Exhibit B obsessed with sex at least Holden Caulfield, as creepy as he was, wasn t a peeping tom Exhibit C Phoneys Lots of phoneys I always approach Judy Blume cautiously, because I know as a kid whenever I read her books, something happened that made me feel weird or gross or guilty about something Are You There God It s Me, Margaret had the word period among many, many other things Superfudge had the many realistic and cringeworthy scenes of crap Fudge torments Peter with Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great had that damn slam book Blubber is just one big story of feeling like shit and remembering every single person you ever bullied or didn t help who was being bullied Then Again Maybe I Won t has boners, wet dreams,masturbation, embarrassing stuff for a fifth grade reader As a grown up reader, what was far interesting and cringeworthy was the commentary on class, and the need for Tony s mother to fit in with all her neighbors the same thing her son was trying to figure out in junior high That was too subtle for me way back in fifth grade there was actually some depth here and not just pedantry or shock value That was a fun discovery, and really made this re read well worth my time.

  10. says:

    I know I keep gushing about Judy Blume but once again she proves to be one of the best young adult novelists ever I loved that this story told from the POV of the male lead Tony is just a strong a reflection of the juinior high years as Are There God It s Me Margaret The story is a simple one a poor Italian kid s family becomes successful and moves from Jersey City to a toney neighborhood and exactly how this changes the entire s of the each person It s about being the new kid in school, figuring out puberty and esuxal urges, about class struggle and even about the whiting one s racial background.I really did care for Tony and understand his concerns and confusions as his family adjusted to their new wealth and surroundings in ways that seemed to go against their nature I loved the character of his homesick grandmother unable to cook since it would seem unseemly, the perky and annoying Corky who just wants Tony to like her, the high end Hoober family who cause all the concerns and joy in the story.A near perfect book and one I would read again.

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