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Deenie

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  9,022 ratings  ·  424 reviews
A thirteen-year-old girl seemingly destined for a modeling career finds she has a deformation of the spine called scoliosis.
Unknown Binding, 159 pages
Published January 1st 1973 by Bradbury Press
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Janessa
I was struck by the completely real, unedited voice of a twelve-year old teen that Blume gives us in Deenie, the protagonist of this compelling story. When Deenie discovers her scoliosis and endures the ensuing doctor's visits and eventual casting and wearing of her back brace, Blume perfectly captures Deenie's emotions. On a personal note, I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the same age as Deenie, and cast with a brace, and I could completely relate to every one of Deenie's reactions, from denia ...more
Tiffany
Sep 29, 2009 Tiffany rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all preteen girls
This was one of the first Judy Blume books I read as a child, and I laugh now at how I thought Deenie was so old and sophisticated next to how I felt... However, I read this book over and over, because Judy Blume captures how teenagers think and feel, the awkwardness, the shyness, the way we are around our friends, and around boys! She really got it, and this book has readers in a whole new place, somewhere that we didn't know about, a diagnoses of scoliosis. I learned a lot of different things ...more
Jamie
This book is about a teenage girl named Deenie. She has a spinal problem and has to wear a brace. Deenie trys to hide it at first and tries her hardest to take it off but her boyfriend ends up finding out. She gets invited to a party and tries to go behind her father's back and take her brace off but decides not to leaving a "Take me as I am or leave me." attitude with her boyfriend. Her boyfriend ends up liking her as she is and she realizes that she had nothing to worry about.
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Noetic
Picked this one up and read it in one evening sitting at the library -- it's a young adult novel that's under 200 pages. I was reading about Banned Books Week, and saw a lot of Blume's books on the list. This one was apparently banned for it's frank discussion of masturbation. Ridiculous. The topic only comes up by name once, and that in the context of girls' gym class discussion with their teacher. She has them write anonymous questions on cards, and then they discuss the answers.

The sad thing
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Pamela
A brief review of this one:

When I was a kid, I obsessively read the same books over and over and over (and over). I didn't like branching out into new things, a trait which has stuck with me in some form to this day. So it passed that I until I took Young Adult Literature in grad school, I'd only read one book by Judy Blume: Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. I muddled my way through Forever, although I confess I felt merely depressed by the book, being old and jaded and knowing that high sc
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Chrys Fey
I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was fourteen. At fifteen I had corrective spine surgery. I remember the brace I had to wear after my surgery and I hated it! Although braces are different now, it was still unattractive and uncomfortable. Mine actually did hurt because the most sensitive part of my spine stuck out a little and the brace dug into it roughly. The first time I had to wear it at the hospital was the day after my surgery and I cried because it caused me pain. I recall a male phys ...more
Magpie67
Still today.... I will always remember this title and the letter I received from Judy Blume. I related to the character with her struggles.

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

It was a tough time and I had rough years going thru this ordeal from 5th grade til 9th grade. No one ever looks at you the same, even when you don't wear the brace in high school. Thank goodness there were 3 middle schools coming into
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Danielle Leider
Deenie’s mother always had a dream of her daughter becoming a beautiful model. Sadly, they find out that she never could become one because Deenie has been diagnosed with scoliosis. This is heartbreaking news for Deenie’s mother and shatters her mother’s dreams. The scoliosis requires her to wear a body brace for four years. Once Deenie starts to accept that she can never be a model she decides she wants to be orthopedist. She makes this though choice because she wants to be able to good for oth ...more
Emily
I read this as a pre-teen and had to get it for my own scoliosis brace wearing pre-teen. While reading it with adult eyes, I don't think it is incredibly well written, (lots of holes in the plot and underdeveloped characters) I feel that most of Judy Blume's books geared toward girls of a certain age are still relevant and still important.

It's funny the things that I remembered and the things I didn't. I guess you retain the things you care about at that time. Deenie's relationship with her mot
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Joe
Here's the first sentence:
My mother named me Deenie because right before I was born she saw a movie about a beautiful girl named Wilmadeene, who everybody called Deenie for short.

To my ear at least, that's a flat opening in a flat voice. There is nothing making me want to read further. And that's the voice of the entire novel.

I wonder if this story seemed fresh and groundbreaking back in 1973 when Judy Blume wrote it. Now it seems like a paint-by-numbers plot about a girl coming to terms with a
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Shira Planer
this book is about a girl - Deenie - who had scoliosis.

at the beginning of the book her mom wants her to be a model. but when she goes to an appointment for a modeling agency, they tell her they don't like her posture. she goes to the doctor, and then he tells her she has scoliosis.

her options are: to have a crooked spine and to be ugly for her whole life, to have an operation, or to wear a brace for four years or more.

since her scoliosis wasn't so sirious, she wore a brace. at the first time sh
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Abigail
I like how Judy Blume followed Deenie through her scoliosis, from the diagnosis down to the doctor's visits with details of the medical procedures, like how the brace was made. And Deenie's character development, where she realises she can relate to people like old lady Murray and Barbara and Gena, although that was a little too preachy. I also the development of her relationship with her sister Helen. This book would be m great for young children or preteens with scoliosis or a major illness, o ...more
Shannon
This is a book about a girl with scoliosis. What?! Those exist?! I'm a 23 year old girl who has scoliosis and was told I had to wear a brace at age 13 unfortunately for me, my curve was too bad for a brace and I had to have surgery. I have two metal bars in my back and when I was 15 I had to have corrective surgery because one of the bars fell off.

I wish I knew about this book at 13. I felt alone and a lot of self pity during my days at home and this book could have helped me.

I found this as a
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Abby W.
Deenie, is an over all great book it really keeps you hooked and never gets boring. This book is very good and has a really interesting and ending. The main character is unique because she is not this rich princess. I think that this book is so great because of the authors abiltiy to get the story and main idea across in an exiciting manner. I never wanted to put the book down. The book is amazing i think because it is not all drama and like they have no life outside of school. This book gives y ...more
Alison
Deenie is a regular 7th grade girl. She wants to spend time with her friends and make the cheerleading squad. Instead, her mother drags her to New York City for modeling auditions and blames Deenie when she is diagnosed with scoliosis.
This book is very real. While it may at first appear to be about Deenie's scoliosis, it is really about Deenie becoming her own person and breaking free of what her mother expects of her. For the first time in Deenie's life, she's making changes to be the happiest
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Robyn
Deenie is a seventh-grader with a beautiful face. Her mother wants Deenie to be a model, but Deenie isn't quite sure what she wants from life. All plans come to a screeching halt when Deenie is diagnosed with scoliosis. In order to correct the spinal deformity she must wear a back-brace for four years. Deenie's mother is horrified at the prospect that her daughter may never be a model, but Deenie is more concerned about fitting in with the same crowd that once admired her.

Judy Blume is a master
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Robyn Bookworm
Deenie is a seventh-grader with a beautiful face. Her mother wants Deenie to be a model, but Deenie isn't quite sure what she wants from life. All plans come to a screeching halt when Deenie is diagnosed with scoliosis. In order to correct the spinal deformity she must wear a back-brace for four years. Deenie's mother is horrified at the prospect that her daughter may never be a model, but Deenie is more concerned about fitting in with the same crowd that once admired her.

Judy Blume is a master
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Deenie by Judy Blume

A young model gets Scoliosis; will she be able to model again?

Deenie is a thirteen year old girl who has to start wearing a back brace. The brace changes her appearance, which she was known for. Deenie is self-conscious and loses her confidence. In the book we see Deenie struggle to get her confidence back.

Deenie is a perfect book for ages 11-13 because its a easy reader but also brings up a few topics that might confuse younger audiences. I think if you're older that thirte
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Mary Arnuk
Judy Blume's Deenie touched me with the many tones the author uses within the book. Deenie was an amazing book that gets better as you get deeper into the book. In the book, Deenie was diagnosed with Scoliosis, which may have ended up being a blessing in disguise. During the book, Deenie's mother keeps pushing Deenie toward becoming a model. Deenie's mom always claimed she had to be a model because of her face The book was written in such away that the characters seem like they are real. For ins ...more
Elizabeth
This book hits many of my trigger points, for the following reasons:
1. I was once a teenage girl
2. I am a physical therapist
3. I work in special education

I picked it up last week because it was Banned Books week and because I heart some dated Judy Blume. I very much enjoyed the datedness of this book, including phrases that now carry a slight whiff of mothball, such as "stand on line" and "called for" (meaning stopped by to get someone, not called her on the phone).

I did not enjoy Deenie hersel
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Lauren Bergman
This book is about a beautiful girl called Deenie, who was named after her mothers favourite movie character. Her mother wants her to be a model, but she doesn't ever get hired due to her posture, which her mother keeps blaming Deenie for.
Eventually more and more people start to notice that Deenie has something wrong and she is sent from doctor to doctor and is diagnosed with scoliosis. Her mother blames her for this even though it is not her fault and Deenie is fitted for a brace which she hat
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Claudia Bouchard
Deenie by Judy Blume is a great young adult novel. Deenie is a 13-year-old girl whose mother is determined to have her become a model. Deanie's older sister, Helen, is very smart and is being pushed by the mother to become a doctor or a lawyer. Deenie is diagnosed with scoliosis and has to wear a body-brace for the next four years. Also, Helen has fallen in love with Joey, a boy who works at the family gas station. Mrs. Fenner, the mother, wanting her children to pursue in her plans for them, fi ...more
Julie Decker
Deenie's story of family dynamics, inner and outer beauty, and dealing with a life-changing medical diagnosis is a touching and realistic account of a young girl's life. Deenie's mom pushes her to focus on her outer beauty--she wants her to become a model--while Deenie's sister is "the smart one," and the two of them don't get to have input on what they are to become. Everything comes to a screeching halt when Deenie is diagnosed with scoliosis and must wear a back brace that spoils the overall ...more
Emma S.
This short Judy Blume novel was very simple. Deenie was about the main character having scoliosis and wearing a brace for four years, but for some reason the book made this seem almost meaningless. I felt as if I didn't care whether Deenie threw her brace away or tolerated it; it made almost no difference to me. In my opinion, this forced book was too short and seemed rushed. I wished I had read something else on the side.

Blume uses language that the main character would have used, which can be
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Josie M.
I have now read this book twice. The first time I read it I thought it was amazing but the second time I read it with a more thoughtful mind and my amazement was slightly lessened. I love the concept of this book. I have yet to come across another book about a young girl with scoliosis so the topic of this book was very unique. The main character Deenie was experiencing something devastating and life altering throughout this book and I felt the author portrayed her emotions very realistically (w ...more
Trisha
Like many Judy Blume books, this was a great story about a teenage girl-next-door. I was going through the list of books Rory Gilmore read in the Gilmore Girls TV series, and I saw this book. I've read a lot of Judy Blume, but I never heard of this one. So I went onto Amazon and bought it for a penny. It took a day to read, with its easy language and its small size. I liked how Blume captured the discomfort of getting a brace, and how her family reacted. Her father and sister were so supportive, ...more
Sheila
This is another Judy Blume book from my childhood. I loved all things Judy Blume as a pre-teen and teenager, and think she is a wonderful writer for young girls. I am guessing that I read this book when I was around 12 years old, as I remember checking out many Judy Blume books from upper elementary school library when I was in the sixth grade.
Cory
Damn you Reading Challenge. I will catch up, even if it means reading nothing but middle grade books for two weeks.

And Judy Blume? This was not your best. Back braces and masturbation? I'm not quite sure what they have in common, if anything.

And on the bright side, while I was bussing it to school today, I saw a transvestite (not transsexual) prostitute soliciting a man on crutches. Got to love Albuquerque.
Joe
A beautiful thirteen year old girl who wants to become a model and a cheerleader discovers that she has scoliosis, a curved spine. Deenie is mortified by it all especially the brace; Deenie thinks she looks so ugly with it on that she cuts her hair so the rest of her is ugly too. Deenie goes through a lot of changes, but she finally realizes who she really is. This book made me think about how everyone should accept others and themselves for who they are. It shouldn’t matter what you look like ...more
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