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From the front cover: 

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 Will 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
  
 

From the back cover:

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, Prinz Honor Award-Winning author of Keesha's House
   
   
It’s not about sex.

It’s about how one secret act of violence changes everything—how best friends can desert you when you need them most, how nobody understands. It’s about the drinking and stealing and lying and wondering who you can trust. It’s about parents and teachers, police officers and counselors—all the people who are supposed to help you, but who may not even believe you.

It’s about how suddenly all of your hopes and dreams can vanish, and you can find yourself all alone, with nothing and no one. Your only choice is to end it all or to start over…and all you can think is Maybe I Will.
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Author Laurie Gray presents a compelling picture of the realities of sexual assault in MAYBE I WILL, drawing on her years of experience as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, dealing with crimes against children. The twist in the story is that we never know for sure if the victim is a boy or a girl, and we realize that it doesn’t matter, because it’s not about sex.

 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

"Maybe I Will is an essential purchase for libraries with young adults requesting books like 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin, A Child Called It, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, and Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy by Sonya Sones."

~Diane Kelly of PracticallyParadise.org 

"In Maybe I Will, Laurie Gray writes about important topics that teens need  to talk about, including sexual assault, friendship, and alcoholism or  self-destructive behaviors that result from trauma. Maybe I Will may help  some teens know they're not alone."

 

~Cheryl Rainfield, award-winning author of Scars, Hunted, and Stained 

"A careful treatment of a difficult topic. (Fiction. 14-18)"

~Kirkus Reviews

  "Gray (Summer Sanctuary) draws from her professional experience with teens in this fast-moving and emotional story."

~Publishers Weekly

 

"The author, Laurie Gray, did a fantastic job of building the characters in Maybe I Will. Sandy in particular is amazing in the fact that Sandy could either be a boy or a girl depending on who is reading the book."

      

~Jeannette Campbell, TKD Times  

     

“Author Laurie Gray has years of experience as a deputy prosecuting attorney for crimes against children. Her handing of the subject is eye-opening, in that for once it makes a reader realize what happens to Sandy isn’t about sex, only violence.”

  

~ Gabrielle Bondi, TheYoungFolks.com

  

  

"[Her] experience and her talent as a writer enabled Gray to craft characters whose emotions, motivations, and reactions seem realistic and utterly believable. I would definitely recommend Maybe I Will for high school age readers...."

 

~Ross Brand, TheTrades.com

      

    

"[E]xplores how such a violent act can affect the young victim: brewing deep emotional turmoil and inducing dramatic, often negative, changes in behavior and relationships. As in real life, the story's ending isn't tied up in a pretty bow..."

 

~Susan VanHecke, AuthorLink.com 

     

"Maybe I Will is a freaking awesome book about real teen struggles that really engages readers and allows them to connect with characters. Sandy faces a sexual assault and is too scared to admit it to anyone and instead keeps it locked inside which leads to drinking to take away the pain. But there is hope."

~YALSA teen reveiwer--Five stars and a Top Ten Reads recommendation

  

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.

~Student review, LitPick.com

 "A great book about personal empowerment.”

 ~ Christina Lewis, KidsBookShelf.com

 
Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray
    
Young Adult Fiction/High School 
Luminis Books (March 2013) 
Sandy Peareson loves Shakespeare and aspires to attend the Julliard School of Drama in New York City.  At 16, Sandy’s biggest concern is what role to play in the high school spring musical Peter Pan.  Then with the Ides of March comes an unsettling event that Sandy endures alone and in silence.  Sandy changes abruptly from an outgoing, confident teenager into a confused and tormented victim. Escape through alcohol provides temporary relief, but recasts Sandy as the criminal rather than the victim.  Sandy’s closest friends waver in their response from simple desertion to outright betrayal.  Will new friendships result in new betrayals?  Can Sandy withstand the external pressures and sort through the inner voices to develop real character? 
    
Sandy’s secret is sexual assault.  Written in the first person with no indication of Sandy’s gender, Maybe I Will presents each reader with two very different books depending upon his or her own projection of Sandy as male or female.  Either way, Sandy struggles with the inherent conflict of wanting to fit in, even acting as if one fits in, while desperately needing to find and to be oneself.  Sandy’s parents, a lawyer and a professor of Shakespeare, are remarkably supportive, but powerless to solve Sandy’s problems.      
      
Each chapter of Maybe I Will begins with a quote from Shakespeare that foreshadows or adds deeper meaning to the upcoming events.  Sandy resists conformity, yet discovers a freedom of self-expression through the physical forms in taekwondo and the poetic form of Shakespeare’s sonnets.  Sandy eventually goes from feeling overpowered by other people and difficult circumstances to embracing the genuine personal empowerment that exists potentially in every human being.     

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