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Then Again, Maybe I Won't

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  9,732 ratings  ·  261 reviews
Grade 6-10 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 anymore since they've hir ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published July 1st 1986 by Yearling (first published 1971)
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Aug 01, 2007 Jeremy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
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 more 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
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 do...I mean, I grew up without brothers, so the nitty-gritty of the workings of male anat
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...
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
Mar 23, 2009 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Richard by: San Francisco Books & Booze Bookclub
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 ab
Loretta Gaffney
Ignore the horrible cover. This often overlooked book plays second fiddle to Are You There God? but is every bit as poignant and funny. Loved the working class family made good story (which I'd forgotten) and the grandmother/grandson relationship is so touching...bring a hankie, is all I'm saying.
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 th
May 27, 2008 Ola rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Preteen boys
Shelves: light-read, nostalgia
I think I read this back in fourth grade (maybe not the most appropriate book for a 10 year old girl). Recently reread it for nostalgia's sake.
Then Again, Maybe I Won't is a nice read. A comfy read.

Tony Miglione is a kid whose father makes the family rich. They move to a nicer neighborhood (at least on the surface).Tony's neighbor is a shoplifting creep (although his sister is really hot), his mother's starting to become a phony bitch (there's no other way of putting it). This and other problem
Nick Pageant
Awesome book for boys. I read it when I was around 12 and I still remember it. Good stuff.
Shawn Thrasher
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 gros ...more
Liz Ballif
This book made me feel uncomfortable. But then I realized that was part of what made Judy Blume as an author successful during the 1970s. She wrote about issues that tended to be swept under the rug by the culture (and in fact, still are a bit). Then Again, Maybe I Won't is a realistic fiction novel that tells the story of Tony Miglione as his family goes from lower middle class to more upper class. I thought some of the issues it brought up (selling out, girls, friendship,and shoplifting) are r ...more
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 mores of the each person. It's about being the new kid in sc
Ella Perkins
This book is about a boy whose life just got weirder. He had to move to a richer environment because his dad got a new job. When he makes a new friend it makes his life very different. His friend’s sister undresses with the blinds open. If that doesn’t say weird then what does?

I can make a text-to-self connection. My connection is that when new people come it my school they are very different. Some are weird different and some are good different. There is one person who is weird different. This
Kya Aliana
This book was extremely awesome. I love the way Judy Blume writes; so blunt; so clear; so real! Her characters speak as if they were real, therefore coming to life in your mind. Her books reassure you that you are normal, that the thoughts you have are normal, that the questions you don't feel like you can ask a parent are normal questions, and then she answers those questions. All of her books are so real, so inspiring, so incredible. I highly recommend Then Again, Maybe I Won't, to anyone who ...more
This is a book about a boy named Tony who has TONS of problems as in: having a friend who does bad stuff and steals a lot, being addicted to watching a teenage girl get undressed and go to sleep, and having his stomach churn and hurt, BUT worst of all the fact he doesn't know what to do about the kid stealing stuff.

I learned from this book that when boys are in puberty, they sometimes will have dreams where sperm will come out and make a mess. (It seems yucky, but it is very normal!) This is ca
Mar 07, 2009 C rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who are thinking of reading Fruit by David Francis - Don't - Read this one instead!
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
I originally got this book because I heard a news piece on CBC radio that said this book was banned - not exactly sure where, but it made me want to read it.

It's a great story about a young boy whose live changes when his Dad's invention pays off and he has to move, make new friends, deal with changes in his family life and with his growing body. Judy Blume writes as though she once was a boy, but I'm a girl so I don't really know this for 100%, but it sounds pretty accurate, and in such an ende
Jackie "the Librarian"
May 23, 2008 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 10-15 year olds
Shelves: youngadult
When his dad's invention makes a lot of money, the family moves to a more upscale neighborhood, and suddenly Tony has got a great view into the window of the older teen girl next door. Hmm, maybe his binoculars can be used for more than birdwatching!
But then, he feels kind of guilty about that, and about some shoplifting, and his stomach is definitely bothering him. New school, new housekeeper, new feelings about girls, too. Things just aren't the same anymore. It's a lot for a kid to handle.
This one has a lot of discussion points. Kinda like Twain, the kid is very matter-of-fact in his discomfort with society at large. The audience is left to puzzle out the larger issues. Again, I am left thinking the mom is horrible, the dad is at least trying, and the sibs are not big factors. JB is following a pattern, here. Tony reminded me a bit of Holden Caulfied. He even calls his mother a "phony." Coincidence?

This is another novel that is interesting to read as a time piece. While some of T
James Vachowski
Tony Miglione lives in Newark City, New Jersey, where he has a happy home life and a group of good friends. Everything is about to change for him, though, when one of his father’s inventions becomes wildly successful. The family becomes rich overnight, and suddenly moves to upper-class Rosemont, New York! Tony is forced to adjust to a new school, new friends, and a new life, and he ends up suffering from massive stomach cramps as a result of the stress.

One thing you should know about this book
D.M. Dutcher
Tony Miglionie is a thirteen year old boy in a working-class Italian family. When a coming infant forces his dad to pitch one of his inventions to a company, the family hits it big and moves out of Jersey City and near-poverty, and into Rosemont and the upper class. But getting adjusted to it may be harder than it seems.

The book is okay. It's unusual in that it's a male protagonist rather than a female one. Blume capture's Tony's voice really well. However, the focus on sexuality (a Blume tradem
Laura Hughes
I never read this as a kid--I might have been put off by the fact that it was about a boy, and I only liked SUPER GIRLY BOOKS ABOUT GIRLS--but it's not really a "boy book." It's more like the male Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. It deals with erections and wet dreams as frankly as "Are You There God?" dealt with periods and breast development.

Like "Are You There, God?", which everyone remembers for the belted Tampax but which is also a harsh criticism of religious dogmatism, this book also
Emily Shuler
When Tony’s family moves to a city in New York, his whole life changes with new friends and a mother trying to climb the social ladder. Other than their new home, other things are changing too as he experiences puberty, spies a girl next door, and battles whether or not to keep the secrets of his new best friend. In the class: This book could be used in older classrooms when learning when it is best to tell an adult about something a friend is doing that you know is wrong.
Jen B
Jul 22, 2009 Jen B rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
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.
Josie M.
Meh.This book wasn't anything special, especially in 2015. Having read several of Blume's older books I have concluded that they are outdated. This book was published in 1971, and I think then the writing and subject matter of the story would have been more popular then rather than now. In this day and age the subject of puberty and adolescent development is no longer taboo within YA literature. You could definitely tell that the subject was very new to YA literature at the time this story was w ...more
I would not presume to blame a book for any of my own foibles, but I do sometimes wonder if reading this particular book when I did had any influence at all on my now-lifelong fondness for voyeurism. Not that I have ever been out in the bushes peeping through windows. But hey, if the neighbor across the courtyard wants to bake cookies topless at 3am, I am going to take it all in. Or then again, maybe I won't.
Serene To
I think that this book is an awesome because it talks about boy problems and how he deals with them. Tony's father got a job that give a lot of money. They have become rich. Tony and his family moves to Rosemont and he meets a new neighbor and he thinks that he is just a him educated boy next door but he discovers something new about him when they go out together to shop. Tony sees that his neighbor, Joel steals from stores. They don't really talk about it. Tony doesn't know if he should tell an ...more
Tony's older brother and sister-in-law are poor teachers, who rely on his parents for support. Household finances become even more strained when the new couple finds out that they are going to have a baby. Tony's father is able to sell one of his inventions. This sale leads to a new job and a richer life style. Tony and his family move across town to live the lifestyle of the rich.

Once in their new place, Tony notices how much having money changes a person. While he feels like the same guy, tho
I'm pretty sure (prior to high school), I learned everything I knew (until high school) about boys and their pubescent happenings from Judy Blume. I read this book when I was nine and, being somewhat confused since I'd just come off of reading "Are You There, God..." and barely-not-really had my own impending puberty figured out, I had to read it again.

I was still confused. It took me years before I finally knew what a wet dream really was. I mean, that's probably okay. I was nine, after all. An
Melissa Lee-tammeus
Another tried and true I found in an old box from my childhood. Judy Blume was the goddess of all things you don't talk about with grownups. This book was no exception when I was twelve which was the first time I read this - I learned that boys watch girls undress by using binoculars, that they have wet dreams and uncontrollable penis movement, and that some of us hide the fact that our best friend steals things even if it makes us literally sick. Yep, she made this stuff real. I read it again a ...more
As Tony Miglione approaches thirteen, he faces a lot of changes. His father's invention catapults the family into a classier neighborhood where he meets Joel, his next-door neighbor, whose shop1ifting and prank phone calls prompt Tony to question his values. Joel’s older sister, Lisa, challenges Tony's budding sexuality as he watches her undress through his bedroom window. Judy Blume takes a sensitive, humorous look at the hangups and anxieties that often accompany a boy on the threshold of pube ...more
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