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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.
Unknown Binding, 159 pages
Published January 1st 1973 by Bradbury Press
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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
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
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.
I can connect D...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Deenie is a seventh-grader with a beautiful face. Deenie's mother wants her 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 Deenie 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 ma...more
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...more
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 Sondra 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
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...more
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.
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.
If only I'd known there was a book about a girl who was diagnosed with scoliosis when i was a teenager, how did i miss this?! "Deenie" was published in 1973 and as i was reading,i kept reminiscing about my own ordeal with scoliosis and was surprised to discover that not much had changed by the mid 1990's when i was fitted for my own brace.
Samantha Fraenkel
I am completely baffled that I somehow missed this book when I was younger. For one thing, I was a big Judy Blume fan and read many of her books as a preteen. But what amazes me even more is that I have scoliosis and was diagnosed at the same age that Deenie was. How did I not know this book was out there? Oh Deenie, how I can relate to you and all the emotional drama that wearing a back brace creates on a young woman who is just discovering boys and finding her place. Judy Blume is the master o...more
I really didn't enjoy this story for it's moral merits. The scoliosis part had some merit, but then Judy Blume ruined it by throwing in the masturbation (aparently most girls and boys do it, therefore it is acceptable). It ends with her crush fondling her all the time and she doesn't even bat an eye.
Greta C.
whenever someone mentions this book, its always about how deenie has scoliosis and has to wear a brace. no one ever, ever, ever mentions that its also about masturbation. so I'm going to tell you: its about a young girl who has scoliosis, but along the way she learns a surprising amount about masturbation.
Ellen Chamberlin
my favorite by Judy Blume, after reading it one of my biggest fears became that i was gonna get scoliosis and have to wear a brace. luckily that never happened. i think this was the first book that made me cry, i was about 13 when i read it at my auntie ginny's house.
Judy Blume rocks. She confronts pre-teen anger issues over scoliosis back-braces and frankly tackles discussions of masturbation. Judy Blume talked about the things young kids wanted to know about but no one else was ballsy enough to bring up.
First time reading this (I know, I know). It's okay, but shorter than I would've liked. Would've loved to see more of Deenie's relationship with Helen and even more of her growing to be less shallow.
Very good read. I read Judy Blume as a child but don't think I ever picked this one up. I came across it for a reading challenge I am currently doing. Deenie's mother is awful and puts a lot of unrealistic expectations on her daughter. It's frustrating to see, but I know still happens even today. I think Deenie was lucky to have such supportive friends and classmates when she found out she had scoliosis. I put myself in her shoes and I think my experience would have been entirely different in sc...more
I read this when I was a tween. At the time it felt like my firsy "big girl" book because it covered so many issues and Deenie is very easy to relate to.
I read it in 6th Grade. i dont usually like Judy Blume books but this one was Great. I recommend this book
Not the first (or possibly the 51st) time I've read this, but it's been some years. It's amazing to me how I continue to perceive Deenie as older than I am, since she was about four years older than I was when I first read it. I poked around on the internet a little and found that apparently there are newer, less obtrusive braces for scoliosis treatment now, so in that sense, the book is dated, but what I really notice now is the relationship between Deenie, her sister Helen, and their mother. I...more
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