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Gr 9 Up-Sandy plans to audition for the school's production of Peter Pan. Never identified as male or female, the aspiring actor loves performing and intends to go to Juilliard for a degree in drama. Sandy has two close friends: Cassie and Troy. When Cassie's boyfriend, Aaron, sexually assaults Sandy, the teen becomes depressed, turns to alcohol, begins to shoplift, and pulls away from Cassie and Troy. Sandy develops a new friendship with Shanika and is introduced to tae kwon do, which helps a little, but it is not until the teen's parents eventually learn of the troubles and become involved that recovery is possible. The author intentionally does not identify Sandy's gender to demonstrate that neither sex is immune to trauma, but this device hinders readers' ability to fully connect with the character. The narrative never truly resonates with readers because of their inability to empathize with Sandy.-Melissa Stock, Arapahoe Library District, Englewood, COα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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When a young person changes, suddenly and dramatically, for no apparent reason, there may be a reason that is not immediately apparent. In MAYBE I WILL, Laurie Gray insightfully explores such a situation. You will want to read this story twice. -- Helen Frost, Printz Honor Award-winning author of KEESHA'S HOUSE and DIAMOND WILLOW

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

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Luminis Books, Inc.; 1 edition (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935462717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935462712
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,529,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurie Gray earned her B.A. from Goshen College and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law. Between college and law school, she taught high school Spanish, working summers as an interpreter in Guatemala. An experienced trial attorney and child advocate, Laurie is the founder of Socratic Parenting LLC (www.SocraticParenting.com). Laurie's debut novel Summer Sanctuary received a Moonbeam Gold Medal for excellence in young adult fiction and was named a 2011 Indiana Best Book Finalist. She has two additional novels and a parenting book scheduled for publication through Luminis Books: Maybe I Will (2013), Just Myrto (2014), and A Simple Guide to Socratic Parenting (2014). In addition to writing, speaking and consulting through Socratic Parenting LLC, Laurie works as an adjunct professor of criminal sciences at Indiana Tech and as a bilingual forensic interviewer at the Dr. Bill Lewis Center for Children in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kala. S on September 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
I found myself thinking about this six-word paragraph I read in Anthem: "I am. I think. I will." The words were so powerful, but they kept turning into questions in my mind. I am. Who am I? I think. What do I think? I will. I will what? Maybe I will, but maybe I won't. Maybe I will, but maybe I don't. Maybe I don't will anything. Maybe it all happens regardless of my will.

In case you didn't get the drift from the above quote alone, Maybe I Will is powerful. It's intense and devastating, in part, because of the tragedy that befalls the protagonist and for the most part, because of the way it is written itself.

We do not know much about Sandy in the beginning. We do not know his(/her) gender, for instance. Sandy's parents intended to name the main character Sandy, short for Sandford or Sandra. What was it finally short for? We do not know. At the same time, we know that Sandy is a powerhouse of amazing on stage. That Sandy is a sophomore who takes high school seriously... seriously enough to think hard over his/her assignments anyway. We also know that Sandy really hits it off with a co-actor in the Peter Pan play; Shanika Washington. That Sandy loves the Bard, quotes Shakespeare in a way that is infectious and watches Hamlet for fun. That Sandy seems to have loving and caring parents and good enough friends. That Sandy is incredibly, inspiringly and realistically resilient. So. Do we know Sandy after all?

Despite not knowing Sandy's sex or sexual orientation... constructs that seem to be enough to characterise most Young Adult protagonists these days... don't we know Sandy?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fahima M on September 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
Dear Sandy,

It feels weird to be writing a letter to someone whose gender I do not know. But you know what? I'm going ahead anyways, because gender notwithstanding, I feel I somehow 'connected' to you on some level while I was reading your story. Does that sound bizarre? Well, maybe it is (it is, I know), but that did happen, so... yeah.

And in case you were wondering, Maybe I Will is truly ambiguous regarding your gender. Since I was inclined to think of you as a girl, I purposely adjusted my mind to look at you as a guy. And it still fit. Perfectly. Even the end, when you take into account the day and age we are living in.

Being a bookish person myself, I loved watching you use Shakespeare in your own life. Honestly, I've always been kind of intimidated by The Bard, and though I've read the works that are a requisite for anyone who can respectfully call themselves a lover of literature, I've never gotten what all the hype was about a few of his works. But after seeing them in your eyes, it painted a whole new picture for me.

Speaking of literature, dude (and although by dictionary speak, 'dude' is actually gender specific, I use it for everyone :D), your poetry is great! Not convoluted, it sounded like just another teenager trying to speak to another person, which just drove the message home that much harder.

I used the word 'connected' earlier. Did that sound presumptuous? (because it sounded that way to me) Let me explain myself. There is no way I can even begin to imagine everything that you have gone through, but there were parts of you that I could relate to, especially your poetry and your love for literature and drama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Maybe I Will deals with sensitive and mature subject matter that is not openly discussed by society. The main character Sandy (we are never specifically told whether Sandy is male or female, it is left to the reader to decide. I read it as a female which is why I will refer to `she' in this review) has a pretty good life. Her parents care about her, she doesn't have many friends but she has two, Cassie and Troy, that seem close and she has a dream to attend Julliard when she graduates.

Sandy's life appears on the right track. She wins the lead in the school play presentation of Peter Pan and makes a new friend, Shanika who is playing Tiger Lily. But her life begins to spiral out of control when Cassie's new boyfriend sexually assaults her and Sandy buries her shame instead of telling someone what happened to her. She starts drinking and shoplifting alcohol plus sinking into a deep depression.

This should have been an emotional, heart wrenching read and it was to a point. But I just didn't see her reaction as realistic. The sexual assault, while wrong, wasn't as extreme as I would have expected for her reaction. Why she had such a difficult time telling about it baffled me considering she had a really good relationship with her parents. And her reaction to the name of her possible therapist was also somewhat comical. The boy who assaulted her was named Aaron. The therapist is named Erin. When Sandy sees the name she instantly reads Erin TheRapist. IF Sandy had actually been raped in the true sense of the word I could understand the reaction. But her assault was not at that level.

Any sexual assault is traumatic but I think this particular incident did not justify how Sandy reacted. For that reason I can only give this book 3 stars.

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