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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Dianna Geers for TeensReadToo.com

In MAYBE by Brent Runyon, Brian's unpredictable behaviors make it hard to know him at first. In fact, I disliked Brian so much in the beginning and didn't know if I wanted to continue reading the book. He didn't share any deep thoughts and tried to cop cheap feels on gi...
In MAYBE by Brent Runyon, Brian's unpredictable behaviors make it hard to know him at first. In fact, I disliked Brian so much in the beginning and didn't know if I wanted to continue reading the book. He didn't share any deep thoughts and tried to cop cheap feels on girls at his new school. Even Brian admitted that he was a pervert. And an a**hole. At least we agreed on something.

So I decided to give him a chance. And I'm very glad I did.

Brian began the book being p.o.'d about having to move to a new town and go to a new high school. As Brian left his old house he ripped a sign off of his brother's bedroom door. It was a sign his brother had made in shop class. He "just wants to have something." I didn't know what that "something" was, but figured he wanted a part of his brother with him. Yet when Brian registered for classes at his new school he had to decide between chorus and shop. His brother took shop, so Brian picked chorus.

As Brian began to get comfortable at school, he made friends with a group of students involved in theater. Thespians. He made guy friends, had a few girlfriends, but seemed to only think about how he could get laid. Or he thought about his brother. Brian struggled between feelings of anger towards his brother, fondness, and terrible longing for him.

Throughout most of the book Brian had a difficult time showing people anything real about him. His parents were the same way. Neither Brian nor his parents ever said much. They sat through silent meals, found reasons to leave the room when others joined them. And his brother continued to not be around.

However, as Brian got closer to people, he began to let them into his heart.

But only a little.

And when Brian allowed himself to think about real feelings, he wondered if maybe he would feel better if he actually talked about what bothered him. What no one in his family would say.

Maybe.

Maybe he could let a person get close to him.

Maybe.

MAYBE is a heart-wrenching book for anyone who has ever had feelings bottled up inside. It's for anyone who has been confused, sad, hurt, and angry all at the same time. If you have ever been reluctant to let someone close to you because they may hurt you or leave you, then you will know exactly why Brian is hurting. You'll ache for his emptiness and celebrate his attempts to reach out.

posted by TeensReadToo on November 4, 2008

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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Sex, drugs, and drama are the major topics of discussion in this novel by Brent Runyon. The story opens with Brian moving from an old house to a new city. The plot and characters are never explicitly named, but we, the readers, are on a first name basis with all of th...
Sex, drugs, and drama are the major topics of discussion in this novel by Brent Runyon. The story opens with Brian moving from an old house to a new city. The plot and characters are never explicitly named, but we, the readers, are on a first name basis with all of them. The storytelling is at points disjointed, but is pretty consistent with what I understand the teenage male thought patterns are to be. Liberally sprinkled with profanity and attempts to seduce or grope anything female, this was a book that was difficult to read. On the other hand, my teenage son is engrossed. As the plot progresses, we learn that Brian and his family are trying to cope with the death of Brian┬┐s older brother with whom Brian had a bit of a love/hate relationship. The story provides some rather poignant snippets relative to teens trying to find where they belong, but the reader should beware, the vernacular is what one would expect from locker room talk. The book lends itself to discussion about teen sexuality, drug use, and peer pressure.

posted by Anonymous on February 1, 2008

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Stupid

    This book is very stupid

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    Uhhh...

    Well first of all, don't read this book if you're under 16, it's rather disturbing. Honestly, I hope all teenage boys don't think like Brian because I would be scared. being a teenage girl. Basically, the boy, Brian is just another High School kid trying to fit in and all that. I have read far better books, but if you like books about sexual teens, this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2007

    Holy Crap

    This book seriously bored me. It was draggy, boring, and I believe it swore way too much. There was a cuss word on literally every page!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 12, 2011

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