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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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: She receives thousands of letters a year ddeenie readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her.

Deenie by Judy Blume

She’s named after Natalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass! But mostly I had amazing family and friends who often forgot that I wore a brace. Deenie by Judy Blume Goodreads Author. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here This, really, is the main theme of the book — how parents project their own needs on their children, desnie how destructive that can be.

She even befriends a girl with eczema named Barbara.

Open Preview See a Problem? Deenie is one of the Judy Blume books I didn’t jidy as a kid, and I was absolutely in love with everything about this book.


I could not believe Deenie had a spine condition, all the things she went through, I am glad that towards the end she came to terms with the back brace and did not have to hide from her father the fact that she was planning on taking it off while a From the beginning this story had a great promise, I honestly thought this story was going to take a whole different turn. When cute senior Ted Peters grabbed me around bljme waist, felt the hard plastic, and asked me, very nicely, what that was, I turned away, quit flirting with him, and kept my distance.


Juy are experiencing technical difficulties. I set the book in the town where I grew up — Elizabeth, New Jersey—and sent Deenie and her friends to my junior high school. If we were to see more of this dimension of Mrs. This book was hardcore as fuck. Jan 11, Minutes Young Adult.

Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. The movie itself was mentioned in description in the book, though the name of the movie was not. On a personal note, I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the same age blumf Deenie, and cast with a brace, and I could completely relate to every one of Deenie’s reactions, from denia I was struck by the completely real, unedited voice of a twelve-year old teen that Blume gives us in Deenie, the protagonist of this compelling story.

Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Everyone laughed, and that was it. In fact, most of what happened to me in high school had nothing to do with the brace. You are commenting using your Blhme account. Thank you for signing up! Articles needing additional references from October All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata.

Fortunately, I am a good liar. But you don’t see Deenie being nervous or wondering what’s going on, or feeling uncomfortable being held in the equipment in such an awkward position, or thinking that it’s taking a long time.

She keeps the wording simple and the sentences short, but she’s able to convey a wide range of emotion in doing this. Her mother and Aunt Rae were stereotypical stage mothers, though I loved her father and sister. When I read it this time, my lightbulb moment came when Deenie complained about the brace causing tears in her clothes Deenie is only 13!!!


Deenie chronicles the life of year-old Wilmadeene “Deenie” Fenner, whose mother, Thelma, is determined to have her become a model. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Juy lived through it 23 hours a day for three years.

Events in her life force her to come out of her self-centered shell and see people as human beings worthy of notice. That is juddy they are and their mom tells everyone that.

I can connect Deenie to many teenagers or pree teens at our school, and their insecurities. Notify me of new comments via email. I read it in about an hour and a half so it’s very short and an easy read.

Deenie: Book Summary

She is eleven years old. Kliner showed us three weeks earlier. Judy and her husband George Cooper live on islands up and down the east coast. Up in the Canyons: Deenie was always told that she was beautiful and destined to be a model.

I related to the character with her struggles.

Beauty, Scoliosis, Human Sexuality, and Growing up. Oct 20, Greta rated it liked it. Seven Trees of Stone. I wore a Boston brace that was all metal rods and canvas strapping, and today they are all plastic.