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Maybe I Will

on September 18, 2013

Maybe I Will – Book Review

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My Rating:  4.5 stars!!!Four and a half stars

My Review:

This is an important book.  Parents with pre-teens and/or teenagers – buy this book, read it yourself and then pass it along to them to read.  I am a mother of a teenager myself and I know that often teens shut their ears and don’t listen to a lot of the wisdom and advice we have to offer.    Encourage them to read ‘Maybe I Will’.  It covers a lot of vital, important information about sexual assault.  Here are just some of the important things I think this book portrays to pre-teens, teenagers and young adults in a sensitive way:

  • Sexual assault can be perpetrated by someone your own age, it can be one of your friends, someone you know.  It doesn’t have to be a stranger or a creepy neighbour or relative.
  • Sexual assault can happen in seconds.  It doesn’t have to be what people often think of as a ‘traditional rape’.
  • Sexual assault can happen when other people are in the room or nearby and it is possible that those other people may not know anything has happened at all.
  • Unfortunately, all sexual assault victims are not believed.  Even by their own friends.  However, that doesn’t mean it didn’t occur and it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
  • Sexual assault victims don’t always report right away.  The ultimate important thing is that you share it with someone you trust.
  • Sexual assault victims can be of either sex, male or female.  Perpetrators can also be of either sex, male or female.
  • Pre-teens, teenagers or young adults that are acting out, by drinking or by getting in others types of trouble, are often crying out for help.  Parents… if something out of the ordinary is happening with your child – Listen.
  • You are not alone.  Sexual assault happens to many people.  Perpetrators often have many victims.  Seeking support from other survivors is an important step in healing.

This book does a really good job at showing the after effects of someone who has been sexually assaulted.  The doubt that can creep into one’s mind.  Did that really happen?  Am I making a big deal about nothing?  What will people think if I say anything?  Will they believe me?  Is it my fault?

I will be passing this book along to my teenager to read, it’s too important an issue to ignore and hope that it simply doesn’t happen to your child because unfortunately – it can.

About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!

Welcome to Novel Publicity’s latest publishing house blog tour. Join us as two new titles from Luminis Books–we’re calling them the Luminis Duo–tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes!

About the book: 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.

Pick up your copy of this Young Adult (with mature themes) through Amazon US, Amazon UK, or Barnes & Noble.

Laurie-Gray-150x150About 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.

WIN PRIZES!

About the prizes: 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 Aloha, Mozart by Waimea Williams, or an autographed copy of its tour mate, Aloha, Mozart by Waimea Williams. Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. 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 HERE 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.

Learn more about Maybe I Will‘s tour mate HERE.

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6 responses to “Maybe I Will

  1. Laurie Gray says:

    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing Maybe I Will. I especially appreciate how you enumerate so many of the important messages contained within the story. Too often we just tell our children to BEWARE! when what we really need to do is to teach them to “BE AWARE!” The dialogue you encourage will certainly help raise awareness.

    • It was my pleasure. I really enjoyed it and believe it is a great book for young adults/teens/preteens to read! Excellent job!
      I think and certainly hope this will help many – those who unfortunately have already been affected by sexual assault and those who will understand more of what those who are victims of sexual assault go through and be more compassionate because of your book, as a result.
      Two thumbs up!
      It was a pleasure being part of this tour.

  2. Great review, Jane! I’m so glad you loved MAYBE I WILL, and that bloggers are getting so much out of it. Thank you for joining us on this tour, and please take a moment to cross-post to Amazon and GoodReads when you have the time. Also don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter and random commenter contests!

    Em

    • Hi Em!
      It was a pleasure to be a part of this tour. I find that Novel Publicity really stands out for having the best books to review and this was certainly one of them!
      I have already posted my review on Amazon, GoodReads and LibraryThing!
      I am crossing my fingers, hoping to win the Rafflecopter and random commenter contests!

  3. luminisbooks says:

    Thank you, Jane for your excellent review and for enumerating and clarifying all the things we need to tell our children – and ourselves- about sexual assault. It is an important book.

    • I was pleased to be a part of this tour.
      This book is certainly worth reviewing and promoting to others.
      I love working with Novel Publicity and hope to see more great books from Luminis Books in the future!
      I agree – Maybe I Will – is an important book. Thanks for your part in making it possible.

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