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~Download Epub ☨ Then Again, Maybe I Won't ♃ Grade When His Hardworking Inventor Father Strikes It Rich And Moves The Family From Working Class Jersey City To Wealthy Rosemont, Tony Miglione Finds That Everything From Friendships To School Takes On A New And Confusing Twist Suddenly His Mother Is Intent On Climbing The Social Ladder His Grandmother Isn T Allowed To Cook For The Family Any Since They Ve Hired A Housekeeper And His Older Brother, Ralph, Who S Always Wanted To Be A Teacher Has Suddenly Decided To Go Into Business 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 Yet another highly enjoyable Judy Blume book In this one, Tony s family become wealthy and move to a new neighborhood There s some good aspects to this of course, but Tony s mother is desperate to impress the neighbors, to earn their approval and acceptance This happens quite frequently, and, on a smaller scale, I have observed many people falling into this way of thinking living, so it was easy to appreciate Tony s honest take on the situation This is quite a frank book, exploring puberty, Yet another highly enjoyable Judy Blume book In this one, Tony s family become wealthy and move to a new neighborhood There s some good aspects to this of course, but Tony s mother is desperate to impress the neighbors, to earn their approval and acceptance This happens quite frequently, and, on a smaller scale, I have observed many people falling into this way of thinking living, so it was easy to appreciate Tony s honest take on the situation This is quite a frank book, exploring puberty, anxiety, appearances being deceptive etc Unfortunately this is the last of the Judy Blume books that I had set aside I hope to findsoon as they have been a lot of fun 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 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 aposh 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 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 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 The old smelling used 1973 paperback copy I read has this catchphrase written across the top of the front cover The funny, touching story of a boy with problems. Wow Who wouldn t want to read that When I was growing up, Judy Blume was regarded as a very edgy author for middle school level readers Schools and libraries banned some of her books, or kept them behind the checkout desk Among those books, Then Again, Maybe I Won t was known to be the most dangerous My parents wouldn t have wanted The old smelling used 1973 paperback copy I read has this catchphrase written across the top of the front cover The funny, touching story of a boy with problems. Wow Who wouldn t want to read that When I was growing up, Judy Blume was regarded as a very edgy author for middle school level readers Schools and libraries banned some of her books, or kept them behind the checkout desk Among those books, Then Again, Maybe I Won t was known to be the most dangerous My parents wouldn t have wanted me reading it when I was a kid, and so I didn t.But it wasn t just because I knew my parents wouldn t approve it was also the general tone of Blume s books I remember a lot of youth focused books in that era were based in the real world and featured protagonists in urban settings especially New York or New Jersey in families that were in some way dysfunctional enduring problems at school and navigating adolescence dealing with class and race issues I was growing up in a rural, agricultural small town in the Midwest, part of a loving family, and stories like these seemed to have nothing to do with me Somehow my literary imagination didn t extend to putting myself into these settings I didn t care for the slightly gritty, urban realism Perhaps that s one reason I tended to choose fantasy stories for my childhood reading Narnia, Prydain, and Middle Earth were a lotappealing to me than a present day lower middle class neighborhood in New Jersey Then Again follows this genre of youth fiction from that era Tony, the protagonist, and his family not a terribly dysfunctional or broken family, though with plenty of room for improvement move from their working class neighborhood in Jersey City to an upper class area of Long Island after his dad becomes recognized as a genius and has all the money the family could possibly want, forever Tony befriends the boy next door, who looks perfect on the surface but is actually a real jerk with the beginnings of some serious problems Tony has his own problems, figuring out how to deal with his family and with his own adolescent development.Reading this for the first time as an adult, I don t particularly love it The prose style is fine, but to me a little bland Even though Blume tackles some tough issues in a helpful, open way, I m very uncomfortable with the same things that led to the book s risky reputation years ago Tony floats through life, wrestling internally with questions about himself and others around him, but he gets almost no true wisdom or guidance He s on his own Because no one can help him, there s no one to tell him that some of his actions are completely wrong He attends a church youth group, but it doesn t seem to have anything to do with spiritual guidance The local pastor feels distant and uninvolved, even though he can surely tell that Tony and his family need help Tony s dad seems like a good man, but he doesn t know how to be meaningfully involved in his son s life and his mother is distracted by their new wealth The one person who might be able to help Tony is his grandmother but she can t speak, because she lost her larynx to cancer I found it really disturbing to have a character in forced silence.It s interesting picking up a book whose title I heard so often in my childhood For me, this is a case where the book would never have passed my standards for youth literature, and the years and cultural changes between its original publication and now have not rendered itendearing or helpful 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 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 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 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 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 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 I read this when I was about 8 or 9 so yeah, it scared the heck out of me There I was, a fourth grader, reading about a boy who watched a naked girl through her windows I don t think I really grasped the whole thing back then I think I ll go back and reread it I remember, at the time, one of my best friends was also reading this book, and we found it dirty and scandalous We giggled, and read the pages like we were about to get yelled at by our teachers This book was sure different than I read this when I was about 8 or 9 so yeah, it scared the heck out of me There I was, a fourth grader, reading about a boy who watched a naked girl through her windows I don t think I really grasped the whole thing back then I think I ll go back and reread it I remember, at the time, one of my best friends was also reading this book, and we found it dirty and scandalous We giggled, and read the pages like we were about to get yelled at by our teachers This book was sure different than the normal 8 9 10 reading level material, which makes it stand out in my mind I d suggest you read it it sure isn t Boxcar children, but it is still a great read