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In MAYBE I WILL, author Laurie Gray deals with a difficult topic in a thoughtful, nuanced, and realistic way. A pinch of humor and dash of Shakespeare add flavor to what otherwise might be an overly heavy stew. MAYBE I WILLl belongs on teens' reading lists and bookshelves alongside classics of its type such as Laurie Halse Anderson's SPEAK and Cheryl Rainfield's SCARS.. -- Mike Mullin, award winning author of ASHFALL and ASHEN WINTER
Sandy is written so as to be readable as either male or female...the book's portrayal is largely successful and the note it hits at the end is hopeful without being unrealistic. A careful treatment of a difficult topic. -- Kirkus Reviews
MAYBE I WILL is a fantastic story that stirs reader emotions and shares a meaningful story. I would recommend it to teenagers who enjoy realistic fiction and books like SPEAK. -- LitPik
MAYBE I WILL sets the stage for serious discussion about sexual assualt and the complications that arise form coming clean. -- VOYA
MAYBE I WILL finds a new way to explore how sexual assault can affect anyone, not just a boy or a girl. The ending is sweet and somewhat unexpected. I liked how things didn't get all wrapped up. Life leaves a few loose strings, and Gray did get that right. -- The Young Folks
Gray's background as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and her talent as a writer enabled [her] to craft characters whose emotions, motivations, and reactions seem realistic and utterly believable. I would definately recommend MAYBE I WILL for high school aged readers, but I think it's important that parents or tachers read it with the students. Kids will probably have questions about what they read and will benefit from discussing this topic with a trusted adult. -- Ross Brand, THE TRADES
[Our teacher] told us the big twist when she asked, Is Sandy a boy or a girl? We were both shocked. I think, if the gender question was kept from readers until after reading, this book would make a really thoughtful classroom/book discussion choice. -- Katie ~ Top Ten Recommendation YALSA Galley Reviews
OMG! This book blew my mind! -- Sarah ~ Top Ten Recommendation YALSA Galley Reviews
This book was great. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a different read. -- Victoria ~ Top Ten Recommendation YALSA Galley Reviews
Posted April 20, 2013
I loved this book soooo much! It was great! I felt a very deep connection with the whole story and how so much can change in so little time. I recomend this book for girls ages 13- 16 Maybe I Will an unforgettable story that I'm surprised hasn't gotten more recognized. ): I was looking for a book I wouldn't be able to put down and thats what I got(:
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Posted September 23, 2013
Life couldn't be better for Sandy. Cassie and Troy are the best friends that one could ever hope for, and Sandy's parents are understanding and supportive. Nailing the role of Peter Pan at the school musical and the new iPhone makes life even better. And then tragedy strikes.
One night at Cassie's house, Sandy is sexually abused by Cassie's boyfriend, Aaron. In a matter of seconds, Sandy is traumatised and life takes a downward spiral. Sandy turns to drinking, and steals to support the habit. Depression and anger become close friends as Sandy starts to isolate from both Cassie, who believes Aaron's story, and Troy, who is anguished at having to choose between them.
There are relatively few books that make me cry, and this is one of them. It's very easy to identify with Sandy's thoughts and feelings, even if you've never been in the same situation. Gray's storytelling makes everything so vivid and so real that you are able to step into Sandy's situation and identify with him/her.
It's not clear if Sandy is a guy or a girl. In certain passages, I'd imagine Sandy, in all her enthusiasm and excitement, as a girl. In others, Sandy's actions lead me to believe he's a guy. This was done intentionally by Laurie Gray, and it's quite effective in her purpose - to emphasise the fact that sexual abuse happens to everyone, whether male or female.