Believe it or not, Judy Blume’s Deenie was published in — a true throwback novel. But I — and I assume most twentysomethings and. So it should resonate as a surprise that, when I got my back brace at age 14, I avoided reading Deenie, Judy Blume’s seminal book on the. Deenie by Judy Blume – Scoliosis twists Deenie’s plans for seventh grade in this classic Judy Blume novel with a fresh new ‘s mother wants her to be .

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Deenie by Judy Blume

From the beginning this story had a great promise, I honestly thought this story was going to take a whole different turn. Kliner showed us three weeks earlier. You’ll then be redirected back to LARB.

The sad thing Picked this one up and read it in one evening sitting at the library — it’s a young adult novel that’s under pages. Recently, all-new editions of Judy Blume’s books were released, and I reordered a bunch of them. The Girl with the Broken Heart. May 27, Susan rated it it was amazing. To view it, click here. Pre-teen life was complicated and weird, but by addressing it so straightforwardly, Blume made it feel a bit more manageable. This book gives you a better view of a real girl who has real life struggles, not just dramatic like the model that peole will think she is.

Then, several years ago, I read Deenie again. While reading it with adult eyes, I don’t think it is incredibly well written, lots of holes in the plot and underdeveloped characters I feel that most of Judy Blume’s books geared toward girls of a certain age are still relevant and still important.

Other than that it was a prison. Oh, I wanted to hit him! I can’t imagine a mother in using that distinction. This story will not only help teens and juxy in this situation, but everyone who doesn’t understand what scoliosis is.


In fact, when I read that paragraph, I expected her to react the same way she did when Helen offered to help her with the pad, like “I can do it myself”. Apr 04, Janessa rated it really liked it Shelves: When cute senior Ted Peters grabbed me around the waist, felt the hard plastic, and asked me, very nicely, what that was, I turned away, quit flirting with him, and kept my distance.

I managed my feelings about the brace with the ultimate anti-Blume strategy: Nov 28, Ms. Jan 11, Minutes Young Adult Buy.

I felt like a freak! My daughter loved this book. Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix. Now it seems like a paint-by-numbers plot about a girl coming to terms with a Here’s the first sentence: About a week after I finished the book for the second time it hit me.

Mine actually did hurt because the most sensitive part of my spine stuck out a little and the brace dug into it roughly. Blhme mother screams and cries, and when Deenie gets home, she chops off her hair.

An important topic is that of parents exhorting their children to take up professions that the parents feel that are suited for them, whether or not the children are amenable to the idea. On hot days the sweat-soaked undershirt would stick to me and wrinkle uncomfortably under that heavy shell. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was fourteen. In defiance, Deenie brings veenie old outfit to Janet’s house, intending to remove the brace bluje change clothes once there, but she changes her mind; she leaves her brace on and her old clothes in Janet’s room, where they stay for the duration of the party.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fenner tries to control Deenie, and her immature reaction to the scoliosis are deeenie terrible.

Judy Blume Was Right: On Reading Deenie Twice – Los Angeles Review of Books

The book portrays so well how people can treat deenue differently when you are different and the pain that it causes. Such a nice throwback to girlhood reading. She even befriends a girl with eczema named Barbara. Mar 21, Pages Young Adult Buy. That’s what’s missing in Deenie: For four years—or longer.


Deenie: Book Summary

Thelma has Joey fired from the gas station because she sees that Helen has become preoccupied with him and is now distracted from her school work.

She gets invited to a party and tries to go behind her father’s back and take her brace off but decides not to leaving a “Take me as Jduy am or leave me.

I wonder if this story seemed fresh and groundbreaking back in when Judy Blume wrote it. I muddled my way through Foreveralthough I confess I felt merely depressed by the book, being old and jaded and knowing that high sc A brief review of this one: The passages that are most frequently cited as reasons for removing the book from libraries are: A brief review of this one: It’s just too far out of the understanding of most children whose grandmothers would be Deenie’s age for this to be in any way helpful.

I remember the brace I had to wear after my surgery and I hated it! I’m thankful to Judy Blume for exploring this important subject, shining light on it, and for the young girl who inspired Deenie. Dwenie mother really wants her to be a model, because she’s always been pretty and even won a contest as a baby. Eventually she settles in this is a short book, just pagesand tries to go to a party without wearing her brace.

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