- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Lexile Measure: 560 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (April 29, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481414380
- ISBN-13: 978-1481414388
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,338,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 hired a housekeeper; and his older brother, Ralph, who's always wanted to be a teacher has suddenly decided to go into business. With a voice that calls to mind that awkward phase between being just a kid and the advent of puberty, actor Justin Long captures the discomfort and frustration of Tony's struggle to fit in with his new environment as well as his growing distrust and dislike of the "perfect" boy next door whose charming demeanor masks his compulsion to shoplift. Listening to this tape of the 1971 novel by Judy Blume is like listening in on exchange of stories in a "boys only" clubhouse - eye opening, funny, and poignant all at the same time.
Cindy Lombardo, Orrville Public Library, OH
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story is set in the early 60s-70s, and is about a boy named Tony Miglione as he is coming "into his own" in the process of evolving into a young man. After moving from his home in New Jersey, thanks to his father's business success, they move into an upper-class neighborhood in Rosemont, New York. Soon, he meets Joel (a well-to-do local hoodlum) and his older sister, Lisa. Almost instantly, Tony becomes infatuated with Lisa; often attempting to spy on her as she undresses in the window next door. This infatuation with Lisa leads Tony to begin to discover aspects of his own sexual development and desires. Tony also meets a girl named "Corky" who begins to like him very much, but Tony is only interested in the prospect of developing a relationship with Lisa. Joel creates family issues for Tony due to some mischievous behaviors, and eventually their friendship draws to an end. Once Tony realizes that Lisa has a new boyfriend, the youthful struggle of his prospects of love become shattered, leaving Tony to deal with his romantic wounds.
There are some suggestions of sexuality through the book, but not in an inappropriate way. I believe it is a great book for boys (and girls) who are coming into the age of puberty, the prospects of attraction, as well as interpersonal relationships. It also makes a good segue for discussion of your child's physical and emotional changes that occur at the beginning of maturity.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.. I remember the impact it had on me as an adolescent (and the discussion I had with my father after I read it - talk about embarrassing!).
I purchased it for my son. I don't think he's read it yet but I reread it before giving it to him - just to make sure I remembered what was in it so I could field questions if they came up.
It was a great book then and it's still a great book.
It is a very easy going way of letting young people (girls too) understand some of puberty's mysteries without going into a lecture. It give young boys a chance to feel like they are not alone in their struggles and changes.
Highly recommended for boys and girls ready to learn a little more about puberty. Not recommended for anyone under age 9 or so.
one of my sisters had it and i "borrowed" it out of boredom.
the book does a great job telling the story of a boy and his changing life.
after reading it, i felt more "normal" about my changing life.
i ordered the book for my son when he was 12.
he read it and didn't offer up a word about it.
when i asked him, he said "Dad, that's the best book you ever bought me".
So while I was looking for period romance, or romance period, I eventually realized THEN AGAIN, MAYBE I WON’T is actually a coming of age story.
I know, I know; I could have taken the time to read the blurb and I didn’t. Shoot me, God knows my wife will.
So in fairness to Judy Blume, THEN AGAIN, MAYBE I WON’T is a pretty good novel about a pubescent boy growing up in New York in the seventies.
I was impressed with how well the author, an adult woman, so convincingly got into the mind of a young teenage boy.
This novel is a bit on the slow side by today’s standards, but considering it was authored decades ago, I wouldn’t be so quick to judge on that account
While it makes for an endearing read, I didn’t really feel there was much of a point to the novel. I don’t even recall the ending—it was that forgettable.
THEN AGAIN, MAYBE I WON’T reads like an uninspired memoir. When I finished the book I was thinking: nice, but so what?