Then Again, Maybe I Won't

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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 turned 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 from her bedroom. On top of all his other worries, Tony has questions about...
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Overview

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 turned 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 from her bedroom. On top of all his other worries, Tony has questions about growing up… Why couldn't things have stayed the same?

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.

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"Tony Miglione is perfectly happy in Jersey City, and looking forward to going to junior high with his friends, so he is not at all pleased when he learns his father's invention has made the family rich....With a new school and burgeoning sexual yearnings to cope with, Tony is a troubled boy. Judy Blume does a fine job of seeing all this from a boy's viewpoint."--Saturday Review.
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
The publisher has updated the picture on the front cover, but the content inside is the original from the book by the same title, first published in 1971. Tony Miglione is your average kid living in Jersey City, New Jersey, with a paper route, a group of friends with similar interests, and a family life he takes for granted until his father, an inventor, hits gold with electric cartridges. Tony’s dad becomes part of a large company and the family moves to a new, big house in Rosement that comes with a housekeeper and rich neighbors. But a new lifestyle brings new anxieties into Tony’s life: his new friend, Joel, is a pickpocket and Joel’s sister, Lisa, undresses in front of her window, something that Tony enjoys in the guiltiest way possible. The new tensions in his life make Tony a nervous wreck, and the stomach pains that accompany his anxiety attacks land Tony in the hospital, further adding to his problems. He can’t tell his mom because she is too happy with her new life and his dad is pretty busy at work. With the help of a counselor, Tony finally begins to understand his reactions to the new aspects of his life, but can he make his parents understand what he needs from them? Judy Blume has always been a master at understanding the juvenile mind, and this book is certainly one of her best. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.; Ages 10 to 14.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481413664
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 137,781
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy  Blume

Judy Blume, one of America’s most popular authors, is the recipient of the 2004 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of beloved books for young people, including Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and novels for adult readers, including Wifey, Smart Women, and Summer Sisters. Her work has been translated into thirty-two languages.Visit Judy at JudyBlume.com or follow her on Twitter at @JudyBlume.

Biography

Before Judy Blume, there may have been a handful of books that spoke to issues teens could identify with; but very few were getting down to nitty-gritty stuff like menstruation, masturbation, parents divorcing, being half-Jewish, or deciding to have sex. Now, these were some issues that adolescents could dig into, and Blume’s ability to address them realistically and responsibly has made her one of the most popular – and most banned – authors for young adults.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, published in 1970, was Blume’s third book and the one that established her fan base. Drawing on some of the same things she faced as a sixth grader growing up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Blume created a sympathetic, first-person portrait of a girl whose family moves to the suburbs as she struggles with puberty and religion. In subsequent classics such as Then Again, Maybe I Won’t, Deenie, Blubber, and Tiger Eyes, Blume wrote about the pain of being different, falling in love, and figuring out one's identity. Usually written in a confessional/diary style, Blume’s books feel like letters from friends who just happen to be going through a very interesting version of the same tortures suffered by their audience.

Blume has also accumulated a great following among the 12-and-under set with her Fudge series, centering on the lives of preteen Peter Hatcher and his hilariously troublesome younger brother, Farley (a.k.a. Fudge). Blume’s books in this category are particularly adept at portraying the travails of siblings, making both sides sympathetic. Her 2002 entry, Double Fudge, takes a somewhat surreal turn, providing the Hatchers with a doppelganger of Fudge when they meet some distant relatives on a trip.

Blume has also had success writing for adults, again applying her ability to turn some of her own sensations into compelling stories. Wifey in 1978 was the raunchy chronicle of a bored suburban housewife’s infidelities, both real and imagined. She followed this up five years later with Smart Women, a novel about friendship between two divorced women living in Colorado; and 1998’s Summer Sisters, also about two female friends.

Blume has said she continually struggles with her writing, often sure that each book will be the last, that she’ll never get another idea. She keeps proving herself wrong with more than 20 books to her credit; hopefully she will continue to do so.

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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was inspired by an article given to Blume by her babysitter about a toddler who swallowed a small pet turtle. She wrote a picture book introducing Fudge (based on her own then-toddler son), the turtle, and older brother Peter; but it was rejected. A few years later, E. P. Dutton editor Ann Durell suggested that Blume turn the story into a longer book about the Hatcher family. Blume did, and the Fudge legacy was born.

Blume is not an author without conflict about her station in life. She says on her web site that, as part of her "fantasy about having a regular job," she has a morning routine that involves getting fully dressed and starting at 9 a.m. She has also getting out of writing altogether."After I had written more than ten books I thought seriously about quitting," she writes. "I felt I couldn't take the loneliness anymore. I thought I would rather be anything but a writer. But I've finally come to appreciate the freedom of writing. I accept the fact that it's hard and solitary work."

Blume's book about divorce, It's Not the End of the World, proved ultimately to be closer to her own experience than she originally imagined. Her own marriage was in trouble at the time, but she couldn't quite face it. "In the hope that it would get better I dedicated this book to my husband," she writes in an essay. "But a few years later, we, too, divorced. It was hard on all of us, more painful than I could have imagined, but somehow we muddled through and it wasn't the end of any of our worlds, though on some days it might have felt like it."

Her most autobiographical book is Starring Sally J. Friedman as Herself, says Blume. "Sally is the kind of kid I was at ten," Blume says on her web site.

Blume keeps setting Fudge aside, readers keep bringing him back. The sequel Superfudge was written after tons of fans wrote in asking for more of Farley Hatcher; again more begging led to Fudge-a-Mania ten years later. Blume planned never to write about Fudge again, but grandson Elliott was a persistent pesterer (just like Fudge), and got his way with 2002's Double Fudge.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York's Upper East Side, Key West, and Martha's Vineyard
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 12, 1938
    2. Place of Birth:
      Elizabeth, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.S. in education, New York University, 1961
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    A reviewer

    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.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2010

    Judy Blume is not just for girls!!!!!

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2007

    WOW!

    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!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    Caitlyn 12yr old

    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!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2002

    Great!

    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

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2001

    Absolute gold!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2009

    Waaaaayyyyy boring!

    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.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2002

    Great

    I hate reading but i like Judy Blume. If you don't like reading and are forced (for school) this is indeed a book for you.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2001

    a reviewer

    '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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    Acrd

    Its when your penis stands out straight from the rest of your body

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    8=====D

    Ewwww that is a thing of a boys penis and this is a vagina (;) haha lol no fish!!! (;)8======D that is like a penis inside of a vagina. Like sex!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    What is an erection

    Somebody reply to ACRD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Please read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    answer my question please

    How much pages? Adress to "pages" thankssssss i know its about 8===D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Almay

    Omg im hafl way through and its good so far!

    Not many pepole brlive my faimlys rich so i understand his story:(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Someone

    Beats me. But i think what u do is get your thing and move it up and down to gt it hard then just do it

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Someone

    Someones review says that this book tells u how to do it. Is that true? Reply to someone question.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Bella

    This book is reall awesome i can relate to it alot except i dont spie on people while they change

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Spinningly Good.

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Candymaker1234

    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

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