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Then Again, Maybe I Won't

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  12,840 ratings  ·  395 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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Jun 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another highly enjoyable Judy Blume book! In this one, Tony's family become wealthy and move to a new neighborhood. There's some good aspects to this of course, but Tony's mother is desperate to impress the neighbors, to earn their approval and acceptance. This happens quite frequently, and, on a smaller scale, I have observed many people falling into this way of thinking/living, so it was easy to appreciate Tony's honest take on the situation.

This is quite a frank book, exploring puberty,
Then Again, Maybe I Won't is actually one of the few Judy Blume novels from the 1970s that I did not read as a teenager (in the early 1980s). Yes, I did in fact remember signing Then Again, Maybe I Won't out of our school library, but then returned it mostly unread because at that time of my life (from about 1980 to 1984) I was just not all that interested in reading a novel for pleasure (and in fact any novel) that did not have a teenaged girl but instead a teenaged boy as a main protagonist (a ...more
Jun 07, 2007 rated it liked it
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... ...more
Neil R. Coulter
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The old-smelling used 1973 paperback copy I read has this catchphrase written across the top of the front cover:
The funny, touching story of a boy with problems.
Wow. Who wouldn't want to read that?

When I was growing up, Judy Blume was regarded as a very edgy author for middle-school-level readers. Schools and libraries banned some of her books, or kept them behind the checkout desk. Among those books, Then Again, Maybe I Won't was known to be the most dangerous. My parents wouldn't have want
Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jen B
Jul 21, 2009 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Joan Nehls
May 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Then again, maybe I shouldn’t reread all the Judy Blume books from my youth.
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jul 28, 2017 added it
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 fam
Shawn Thrasher
Jun 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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 Hokanson
Sep 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jackie "the Librarian"
May 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Loretta Gaffney
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Nick Pageant
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kiddies
Awesome book for boys. I read it when I was around 12 and I still remember it. Good stuff.
Katt Hansen
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Another book from the 'coming of age' stack by Judy Blume, this time doing what was incredibly daring in the early 1970s when this was written and confronting some real issues, such as puberty, a boy's changing body (including the whole 'wet dream' incident) and a lot of voyeuristic stalker behavior that would get him arrested in this current timeline.

Tony is going through a lot of changes in regards to his life, his body, his friends, and just about every aspect of things. The fact that his an
Ava Gasson
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Have you moved ever? Have you ever made bad choices just to fit in? If these apply to you, you are in the same boat as Tony. I really loved this book and many others written by Judy Blume. This is a realistic fiction book with a descriptive and fast passed writing style. I love the emotion and the writing style of Judy Blume so much. This book is told in first person point of view from the main character Tony. Tony is emotional and a very confused kid. He sees many things in a very complicated w ...more
Leslie W
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Was so interesting to return to this book and to theorize why it was my fave Judy Blume book as a kid.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gradschool
I laughed out loud multiple times.
Esme Ireland
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would rate this book a 4 1/2, it was a very enjoyable read!
Jackson Abells
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Like many readers, I stumbled on this as part of a boxed set, bought for me buy my nice Grandma after I convinced her to read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. I suspect she would have been a little nonplussed to learn the story dealt with topics like wet dreams, voyeurism and intricate planning of how to hide erections. Most of that of course went completely over my head at the time (although I did have the sense or lack of courage to not inquire from the nearest adult what those things might be ...more
Ella Perkins
Oct 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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