- Mass Market Paperback: 143 pages
- Publisher: Dell Publishing Co./Laurel (1976)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001COHPW4
- Package Dimensions: 6.8 x 4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 204 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,798,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Deenie Mass Market Paperback – 1976
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Deenie wasn't entirely against being a model, but her mother's insistence and all the nagging about her posture were a bore. Deenie liked being pretty-ugly things like hunchbacks and bad cases of eczema repelled her-and she liked being attractive to boys, especially Buddy Brader. She wanted to be a cheerleader, too, but it was the posture thing again! Was she going to have to walk around with books on her head forever? Then her posture problem really got out of hand. After all the doctors and all the examinations, it had a new name, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, and it meant that Deenie would have to wear a brace from her neck down to her hips for four years-or longer. "The story, told from Deenie's viewpoint, expresses poignantly her hopes, her worries...Ms. Blume has a keen awareness of the teenager. Her book is rich in dialogue and characterizations: it should be popular."
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And... I was a little disappointed. This felt to me like the first third of a really good book, not a complete work. Storylines are started that get dropped, opportunities are missed, and in all, it feels... incomplete. Maybe it's because I'm no longer in the target audience, but it just feels to me like this is not Ms Blume's best work.
My daughter was recently diagnosed with scoliosis and will be getting her brace this week. I heard about this book but also heard it had a few adult things in it so I wanted to read it for myself first to see what it was about before having her read it.
I'm glad I read it for a few reasons mostly because I think it helped me see the brace from her point of view. The sexual content was a bit much, however, it was normal for that age. As a mom you don't want to think your daughter is having those thoughts, but thinking back as a child yourself, you know she probably is.
All together it was a good read and I loved the explanation of the process of getting the brace and what is expected.
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Sweet and old fashioned, simple with nice lessons on how to treat others.