Published by Luminis Books Inc. on Mar 15, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Format: eBook from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
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.
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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was a powerful issue book. It’s aimed at mature YA readers, and covers not only sexual abuse, but also alcohol abuse, depression, friendship, and a load of other things. But it’s done so in a way that is entertaining, and meaningful to readers of any gender.
The most unique aspect of this story is that the reader never learns Sandy’s gender. The entire story is written so the main character could be either male or female. This is a risky move that would either turn out amazing, or crash and burn hard. In this case, it was amazing all the way.
I found it very realistic, and in turn, very sad that it is easy to imagine this as a real story. The abuse wasn’t even the worse thing Sandy went through, it was the loss of everything that came after. I cannot express how sad and mad Cassie and Troy made me. I obviously wouldn’t spoil anything by explaining what they did, but I just didn’t like it.
Overall, this was an amazing story that I’m sure will become wildly popular as an issue book. It has a unique angle that will appeal to most readers. And the story itself is gripping and intriguing.
Tour Notes and Giveaway
Novel Publicity’s latest publishing house blog tour features two new titles from Luminis Books–called the Luminis Duo–Maybe I Will and Aloha, Mozart.
About the author: Laurie Gray has worked as a high school teacher, a deputy prosecuting attorney, and the founder of Socratic Parenting LLC (www.SocraticParenting.com). In addition to writing, speaking and consulting, Laurie currently works as a bilingual child forensic interviewer at her local Child Advocacy Center and as an adjunct professor of criminal sciences at Indiana Tech. She has served on the faculty of the National Symposium for Child Abuse in Huntsville, Alabama, annually since 2009. Her debut novel Summer Sanctuary (Luminis Books/2010) received a Moon Beam Gold Medal for excellence in young adult fiction and was named a 2011 Indiana Best Book Finalist. Her third young adult novel Just Myrto (Luminis Books/2014) will carry readers back to ancient Greece to meet Socrates, Laurie’s favorite teacher of all times. Connect with Laurie on her website, Facebook, or GoodReads.
Giveaway: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray, or an autographed copy of its tour mate, Aloha, Mozart by Waimea Williams. Here’s what you need to do…
- Enter the Rafflecopter contest
- Leave a comment on my blog.
That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Luminis Duo tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!
Luminis Books was launched in January, 2010 by husband and wife team Tracy Richardson and Chris Katsaropoulos with a mission to publish thought-provoking literary fiction for children and adults. We publish what we love: Meaningful Books That Entertain. Our award-winning books engage and inform readers and explore a wide range of topics from love and relationships, teen sexual assault and homelessness to string theory, consciousness, and the Universal Energy Field. Luminis Books is a proudly independent publisher located in Carmel, IN. Learn more at www.luminisbooks.com.