Maybe I Will

212p. Luminis. 2013. RTE $26.95. ISBN 978-1-935462-71-2; pap. $14.95. ISBN 978-1-935462-70-5; ebook $9.95. ISBN 978-1-935462-72-9.
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, CO

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