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Then Again, Maybe I Won't

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  12,023 ratings  ·  356 reviews
Ever since his father got rich from his invention and the family moved from Jersey City to a posh community on Long Island, thirteen-year-old Tony Miglione had had nothing but problems. There was his friend Joel's sixteen-year-old sister, Lisa, who got undressed every night without pulling down her shades. Having a lot of money brought problems, too. The new maid exiled Gr ...more
Paperback, Alternate Cover ISBN10: 0-440-48659-9, 164 pages
Published 1971 by Dell Yearling
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Jun 06, 2007 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 05, 2007 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...
Feb 04, 2009 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 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
Jen B
Jul 21, 2009 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.
Blast from the past!

I was looking for a light read and I realized that there are a lot of books on my shelf that I bought at Second & Charles last year but never read. So this week I decided to read Then Again, Maybe I Won't by Judy Blume, who was always one of my favorite authors when I was a kid.

This is the story of Tony Miglione, a thirteen year old boy from Jersey City. His family is used to living a modest lifestyle until his father sells an invention and makes quite a bit of money! The
Aug 31, 2009 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
Loretta Gaffney
Apr 15, 2015 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.
Nick Pageant
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kiddies
Awesome book for boys. I read it when I was around 12 and I still remember it. Good stuff.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, young-adult
Good old Judy Bloom, being a mother to thousands of children decades after first publication.

Essentially this is the boy's version of "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret". The struggles of blossoming manhood must be something that young men would find to be very scary and terrifying which is what makes books like these good. It's not always easy to turn to your parents as a kid; you're young and this world of puberty is new and embarrassing.

Wouldn't be a bad idea to get more young chaps to re
Leslie W
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as i remembered. I bought for my son, was feeling too lazy to walk upstairs and get my book, so blew through this in a night. I miss the 70's.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gradschool
I laughed out loud multiple times.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I read this as a kid, but so much is unfamiliar. Judy Blume is a total queen, I am do excited to be revisiting her books ♡
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was so interesting to return to this book and to theorize why it was my fave Judy Blume book as a kid.
Joan Nehls
Then again, maybe I shouldn’t reread all the Judy Blume books from my youth.
Jackson Abells
Although many of the ideas used in this book have been used plenty of times before, they still feel fresh and original while you read it. Judy Blume's writing is absolutely great and the characters feel real. But pacing is pretty fast and the ending is really abrupt. The ending was built up but I still felt like it wasn't really ended well. I noticed some spelling errors (but I have an older edition of the book so it has probably been fixed by now) such as "lamb shop" But overall the book is ver ...more
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
Jan 01, 2013 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
Liz Hokanson
Sep 07, 2011 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
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 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
Mar 07, 2009 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: 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 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.
Apr 17, 2015 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
May 27, 2008 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
Aug 14, 2011 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
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.
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.
Julianna Wagar
This book was really short and took me an hour to read
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