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Then Again, Maybe I Won't

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,482 Ratings  ·  293 Reviews
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 fro ...more
Hardcover, 179 pages
Published December 1st 1975 by Perfection Learning (first published 1971)
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Aug 01, 2007 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 16, 2007 Recynd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Mar 23, 2009 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 29, 2008 Joanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Loretta Gaffney
Apr 15, 2015 Loretta Gaffney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 31, 2009 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jen B
Jul 22, 2009 Jen B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nick Pageant
Aug 22, 2015 Nick Pageant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Awesome book for boys. I read it when I was around 12 and I still remember it. Good stuff.
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
Liz Ballif
Sep 07, 2011 Liz Ballif rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: engl-420
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
Jan 01, 2013 Rory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 08, 2012 Kya Aliana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 17, 2015 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are thinking of reading Fruit by David Francis - Don't - Read this one instead!
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 13, 2016 Claire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was a 9-year-old girl and I was terrified. I still have war flashbacks about it from time to time.
Aug 14, 2011 Jalilah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for my son but ending up reading it myself so we could talk about it. It is a very well written book. My son is enjoying it a lot too. I wish Judy Blume would write more boy books. My son loved the Fudge books when he was younger, but most of her YA books are for girls. Her characters are real and believable. So many children’s and teen books nowadays are fantasy which is fine, but not all children like it. My son often does not, so it was great to find a book that takes place i ...more
William Arsenis
My wife is a novelist and she recommended THEN AGAIN, MAYBE I WON’T. She said was a really good YA romance novel. As I was reading the book, the title of my wife’s latest blog, “Where’s the Romance?” came to mind.

So while I was looking for period romance, or romance period, I eventually realized THEN AGAIN, MAYBE I WON’T is actually a coming of age story.

I know, I know; I could have taken the time to read the blurb and I didn’t. Shoot me, God knows my wife will.

So in fairness to Judy Blume, THE
Kelly Hager
Oct 18, 2015 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another of the Judy Blume books I didn't read as a kid. (I think probably it had something to do with the fact that it had a boy MC who wasn't Peter Hatcher.)

So okay, Tony's family---which was doing okay before but didn't have a lot of money---is now all of a sudden really rich. It sounds like a dream come true, right?

Except now they're in a new town and he doesn't know anyone and his dad is working all the time, his older brother and his wife are living elsewhere now with a new baby and
Jul 20, 2015 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This is book number 4 on my quest to read all of Judy Blume's book this summer. This book, about Tony Miglione, is the version of "Are You There God, It's Me Margaret" for boys. Tony's story was released in 1971, the year after Margaret's story.

There are some parallels to the story. Margaret and Tony live in the city (New York for Margaret and Jersey City for Tony). Tony's Dad, facing a minor family crisis, decides to peddle and sell an invention he's been tinkering on and the Miglione family h
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
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
Aug 27, 2015 Seth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My main thought about this book is that it didn't seem completely realistic. Tony's father (suddenly motivated to get his invention to market after he learns that his son and daughter-in-law are expecting a baby) hits the big time, both selling the invention and landing a new job overseeing the manufacture of the new product. Why didn't he have the same motivation to provide a better life for his own children? I don't know, I'm not a grandparent yet so maybe I don't understand.

So the family move
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.
Josie M.
Jun 23, 2015 Josie M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Sabin
May 07, 2016 Sarah Sabin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-10
His dad just made a break through in his innovative career, which means Tony and his family are moving closer the big city. Tony is learning how to manage being a rich kid when just a few months ago, his family was struggling to make ends meet. New friends, girls, and body changes fill Tony's mind as he enters his first year of junior high. His world is changing rapidly and his curiosity about sexuality is developing to a point he cannot control.

Then Again, Maybe I Won't is definitely an interes
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