Thanks to Jeff Dunham I can no longer take the word 'scoliosis' seriously, which made me feel really awful while reading this book, as it's absolutely meant as a serious book! Drat that comedian!That aside I really liked the book. Judy Blume approached a serious subject that not many people know anything about, and made it accessible for her readers. It's hard not to feel sorry for Deenie - first because of her mother, then because of her condition and her mother's reaction to that condition. At least she had an understanding dad, sister and friends, when her mother went off of the deep end.I'll admit to not knowing the first thing about scoliosis (other than it having something to do with the state of your bones), and had to google "Milwaukee brace" to get a proper idea of what it actually looked like. I can't even imagine what it must be like for a young teen to be told she has to wear that for the next 3 years.