Blog Tour: Review: Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray

Title: Maybe I will
Author: Laurie Gray
Publisher: Luminis Books
Release Date: March 15th 2013
Pages: 205
Read it in: 4 Days
Source: Novel Publicity – Blog Tour

You can buy it on amazon.

Synopsis: 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.

Warning: This book discusses mature themes, and so does the review.

My Review:

I have to say this book was very clever. Why? Because it wasn’t until about half way through where I considered that Sandy, wasn’t actually a girl. Which I suppose is kind of the point – it’s not about sex. I took that, originally, to mean that you’re still sexually assaulted even if you’re not raped.  So this book was very clever – and I enjoyed it.

I don’t usually read anything that is remotely realistic, because sometimes it’s too easy to relate to them, and that’s not what I always want to do with books. But the more mature realistic novels (ones that deal with tough themes) I’m okay to read – why? Because sometimes these stories have to be read. Because they come with a pinch of truth: like Maybe I Will – it really isn’t about sex. It can happen to anyone.

Maybe I Will is easy to follow, and the point in the story is also very easy to follow – and easy to understand. Which is definitely a must for a realistic novel. The idea is that you almost experience all the emotions along side the character. And Sandy goes through a rollarcoaster of emotions!

I feel as though it’s a very important book, for anyone as a parent especially – because picking up on the fact that something is wrong with your child can make a huge difference (I’m not a parent, but still!). But it’s as equally as important for anyone and everyone else to read it. Points have been made either way for Sandra or Sanford and at the end of the day it doesn’t matter – you pick the gender that makes you comfortable – but how many people would have read the whole thing as Sanford on the first go? I don’t know. This is why it’s important – it does happen to men, perhaps not as much as women, but I don’t know. The point is, it’s almost never discussed and I can’t think of a book where it happens in there.

Tough book, written well. Carefully and deceptively creative! And I love it.

Rating: 4/5

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.

Waimea Williams

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.

Luminis Duo Tour BadgeAbout 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 – by clicking the tour picture, to the left.
  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 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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4 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Review: Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray

  1. Laurie Gray says:

    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing Maybe I Will as part of the Luminis Duo Blog Tour. Just so readers know, the picture beside my bio is actually Waimea Williams, author of Aloha, Mozart (another fabulous book published by Luminis Books).

  2. Emlyn Chand (@emlynchand) says:

    Great review, Tyler-Rose. You’re right, the message behind MAYBE I WILL is so, so important, and I’m glad that it spoke to you. Thank you for joining us on this blog tour, and please remember to cross-post your review to Amazon and GoodReads when you have a moment. Also, don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter and random commenter contests.

    Em

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