Tony Miglione lives in Newark City, New Jersey, where he has a happy home life and a group of good friends. Everything is about to change for him, though, when one of his father’s inventions becomes wildly successful. The family becomes rich overnight, and suddenly moves to upper-class Rosemont, New York! Tony is forced to adjust to a new school, new friends, and a new life, and he ends up suffering from massive stomach cramps as a result of the stress.
One thing you should know about this book is that it deals with quite a few mature topics such as puberty, mental illness, and alcohol abuse. This book would be classified as “young adult” today, and aimed mainly towards teenage readers. Judy Blume is well-known for her straightforward writing on tough subjects, so prepare yourself in advance. If you don’t feel like you’d be comfortable reading about these topics just yet, it’s perfectly okay to choose another book. A classic like “Then Again, Maybe I Won’t” isn’t going anywhere, and it’ll still be around for you to enjoy a couple of years from now.
The book seems to be all about change, whether it’s with Tony’s body, his friends, or his family. The stress that comes with becoming an uncle, for example, or moving to a new town, causes Tony to physically suffer until he learns how to express his feelings and ask for help. The story carries an important lesson with it since our lives, like Tony’s, will be constantly changing. Much of what goes on might be out of our control, but what we can control is how we choose to cope with these changes. “Then Again, Maybe I Won’t” is a must read for all young men….when you’re ready for it!