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Unable to accept or explain his family's newly acquired wealth, his growing interest in sex, and a friend's shoplifting habit, a thirteen-year-old finds the pains in his stomach getting worse and worse.
Who says March is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb? That's a lot of bull. All it's done this March is rain. I'm sick of it.
"Hey Tony . . ." Mrs. Gorsky yelled from her upstairs window.
I pretended not to hear her. I took a Jersey Journal out of my sack and tossed it onto her front porch. Pow-Pow-Pow I got you Mrs. Gorsky! Now you can't scream if I don't put your paper under your doormat.
This time she banged on the top of her window while she yelled. "Tony Miglione! I know you can hear me!"
Sure I can. So can the whole neighborhood.
"Don't you forget to put my paper under my doormat!"
I didn't say anything.
"TONY . . ."
Then I turned around and looked up at the window. "Who, me?"
"Yes . . . you!"
"But it's pouring, Mrs. Gorsky," I called.
"So? You won't melt."
Maybe I will. Then you'll be in big trouble because my family will come looking for me and you'll have to tell them how I melted down to nothing right on your front porch.
I walked away from Mrs. Gorsky's house. She was still banging on her window. Well, let her. I didn't feel like climbing her porch steps. What's the worst thing she can do to me? Call my boss . . . that's what. So? He'll understand. There's no rule that says I've got to put the paper under her doormat. As long as it doesn't land in the bushes I'm allowed to throw it from the sidewalk. If this rain ever stops, I'll go back to doing it her way. Then she'll be satisfied.
I don't know what I'll do about my paper route next year, when I go to junior high. I don't want to give it up. But Jefferson Junior has an after-school basketball league and I want to play in it. Basketball is my favorite sport. I just wish I was taller. My brother Ralph says I'll probably sprout up at fourteen like he did. I hope I don't have to wait that long. It's important to be tall when you're playing basketball. You're that much closer to the basket. I play at the Y all day Saturday and every Sunday afternoon. Always with the same bunch of guys--Frankie Bollino, Joe Schenk, Joe Rosella and Billy Turner. We call the two Joes, Big Joe and Little Joe. Rosella's the big one.
Maybe my boss will let me deliver later in the afternoon next year. I hope so. I could get around a lot faster if I had a bike I could depend on. But all I've got is Ralph's old one, which doesn't work most of the time. I've been thinking about buying a new bike--a ten-speed Schwinn--bright red. But my father says it's more important to put my money in the bank for college. He's saving for my education already and I don't even know what I want to be. Suppose I don't want to go to college? My father will be disappointed. He wants me to be a teacher, like Ralph. And we have a State Teachers College right here in Jersey City. That's where Ralph went and where Angie goes now. She's Ralph's wife. They live upstairs. Between the two of them you'd think they invented education.
I wonder how I'll feel going to the school where my brother teaches. Probably I won't get Ralph anyway. At least I hope I don't. It'll be bad enough when the other kids find out my brother's The Wizard of Seventh Grade Social Studies. Suppose they get ideas and ask me to fix it with Ralph for them to get good marks? What will I do then?
Wait a minute. Maybe I can say I'm no relation to Ralph Miglione, the teacher. We just happen to have the same last name. After all, Jersey City is a big place. Not everybody knows my family. Yeah . . . that's what I'll say. And I'll warn Big Joe, Little Joe, Frankie and Billy in advance. They're my best friends. They can keep a...
Posted January 4, 2008
I found out about this book in another book 'Twelve' by Lauren Myracle and this book is great!Both of them!Also other books that are also great mentioned in Twelve are 'Are you there god,its me margaret' by judy blume and The thorn Birds.I am eleven years old.
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Posted April 2, 2010
I just found out that Judy Blume doesn't just write good books for girls, but for boys as well. This book I am talking about is called Then Again; Maybe I Won't By Judy Blume.
This book is about a thirteen year old guy named Tony. Tony is just an average kid growing up in Jersey City. Tony's problem is that his family is in deep financial trouble. So in desperation to feed his family, Tony's dad, an electrician, patens one of his inventions, and was successful. So now the book starts off. Tony has now moved to a rich suburban neighborhood, where he makes friends with a guy his age named Joel. Joel acts like an angel to every adult in a fifty mile radius of him. The truth is that Joel is a wild child. A drinking, stealing, pier pressure using, wild child. (Only to kids around his age.)
Also Joel has a smoking hot sister named Lisa. Then the story unravels with many surprises in it.
I like the way that Judy Blume writes by explaining the deep, dark, and true secrets of the male mind. I also like the way that she writes by giving you a friend. One who knows your pain and what you are going through at this stage of life. I am not alone when I read this book. I like the way she talks about things like why we wear rain coats, what we do in math class, and what bird-watching really means, and, especially, our dreams. Now I see why girls like Judy Blume so much.
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Posted September 23, 2007
I learned about this book when I read the book twelve. I saw the titles and tried out are you there god it me margaret this book and Forever! They were all such great book! I'm 11 and I totally enjoyed it because it helped understand that boys go through weird stuff too! Loved it!
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Posted May 25, 2005
hey this book was outstanding!! judy bloom is a awesome writer!! ever since i read, Dear God Its Me Margeret. I loved to read judy bloom books!!
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Posted March 4, 2002
I couldnt put it down! i have read all off her books and i have to say i think this one is the best, it says all about a guys teenage life and what its like for him
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Posted May 31, 2001
From the time I read this book some twenty years ago, it has always amazed me how Judy Blume could somehow see exactly what was going on in the confused mind of a thirteen year old boy. This, along with the title noted below, is a must-read for anybody who suffered through the difficulty of puberty and growing up. I have no problem saying that these two books greatly helped me become the man I am today. I realized that I wasn't alone in those sweet agonies, someone else understood!
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Posted July 28, 2009
I have to say this book was a big let down. It was sort of pointless and boring. Nothing interesting happened throughout the whole book, and sadly... it was really predictable. Maybe it's because i've read many other books and they all had plots. This book didn't have one and it was to... go with the flow. It was like being in the head of a boring 13 year old boy. I probably won't be reading any other Judy Blume books any time soon.
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Posted March 24, 2001
'Then Again, Maybe I Won't' is just another clear example of the many books Judy Blume does. She writes GRRRRREAT, real books. In fact, I'm not even done with the book yet, and I love it from the first page til now.
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I was just wondering, is this novel appropriate for girls? I know Judy Blume is a fantastic author, but this novel is sort of a coming of age story with a teenage boy, so if you have any insight on this, could you please reply to PINKIEPIE. Thanks for your help.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted November 25, 2012
I was getting serious thoughts to my head about puking on my stepfather.
We managed to pull over at a nearby gas station to get some fresh air (which was well needed for all of us by then) and sretch our legs. But mostly to hull out the baskets of rotten meat and wine from the trunk, which was heavy from all the leftover food it contained.
"I can't believe you would do something like this, Isaac!" Belinda was obviously overly upset because she was calling Isaac by something instead of ignoring the proper nouns.
That was when I began this book.
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Posted October 8, 2012
I read this book and if you want to know how old i am i wi tell you i am 9 years old and i thought this book was very good it was about a boy named tony and he moves out of his hometown and goes to a very fancy neighborhood and meets this kid named Joel who looks like a good boy but he really is a shoplifter and Joel's sister lisa is in her room one day and tony can see her out of his window he even sees her geting undressed every night and on top of that there is tony n grandma who can't speak and will not come down from her room beacuse there is a mail who want to take grandma's place of chef of the house this book is very good i recomend it to any one and i also read forever
Posted August 5, 2012