Maybe

Maybe

by Brent Runyon
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Maybe by Brent Runyon

Maybe everything will be different here. Maybe I should drive away and never come back. Maybe my brother didn't mean to. Maybe my brother was right. Maybe I can get someone to have sex with me. Maybe no one will ever love me. Maybe I should be an actor. Maybe I shouldn't pretend to be deaf.

Maybe if I mouth the words no one will know I'm not singing. But maybe someone, somehow, will hear me anyway.

Brent Runyon offers a raw, wrenching novel of a boy on the edge. It's a powerful story about love and loss and death and anger and the near impossibility for a sixteen-year-old boy to both understand how he feels and to make himself heard.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375849930
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/10/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
File size: 245 KB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

<font face="Verdana" size="3" color="#000000">Brent Runyon is a writer and regular contributor to public radio programs including This American Life, where portions of his memoir, The Burn Journals first aired. Mr. Runyon lives in Woods Hole, MA.


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Maybe 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i disagree with all the people that said this book was horrible. i recently had a death in my family, and i found myself relating alot to brian's pain and anger, and how hard it was to deal with. and about the whole cussing thing...its realistic, whats wrong with that? same with the sex and drinking, people need to stop pretending and open their eyes to the real world, this is how it is. i like how the author didnt try and hide the truth. it was raw, and that only made it better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a decent book however the book "burn journals" was better!
ItsSerene More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! We always answer "maybe" to questions and after reading this, i knew why we like saying it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe was by far the best book I've ever read. The way it was written left me speechless at the end. It made me create a different outlook on life. I began to notice all of the beauty in the world. I've never been so touched by a book in my life.
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I love this book. I read burn journals by brent runyon and decided to try this book, too. Im glad i did!! A very good book thats hard to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book would be another stupid teen book. However it turned out to be one of the best books ive ever read. At first Brian seemed like your average teenage boy but as i read deeper into the book, i really felt bad for him.
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Mckenzie Labron More than 1 year ago
When i first saw this book i didnt think it would be that good.... i was definitely wrong... this was one of the best books i have ever read... i really hated brian at first but not far into the book i couldnt help feeling bad for him.... this book perfectly showcases the life of a teen who feels alone...
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little_redAM More than 1 year ago
This book was wroten very well i liked it alot it keep me into the book almost the whole time i didnt wanna put this book down, and i hate reading but this book was great, i would read it again if i had the time to but i dont i would reccomed this book to others. It was great !!! =)))
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TeenScene More than 1 year ago
I loved this book . It really made me think . Im not the type of person that can just pick up a book and sit there and read it unless it is really interest me . My friend had this book , and she told me to read a part . I read the part and the whole friggin' chapter . Then I was beggin' for the book everyday . Great Book .
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NiKKi_Dee More than 1 year ago
This is the best I have ever read. I am a big reader. Something about this book made me fall in love with it. I made many of my friends read it, and the also enoy it. It helped me learn more about how peoples minds think differently. All I can say is READ IT READ IT READ IT!I know after one time reading it, I want to buy it and read it every night. -nicole