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!
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.
Maybe I Will deals with sensitive and mature subject matter that is not openly discussed. The main character Sandy (we are never specifically told whether Sandy is male or female, it is left to the reader to decide. I read it as a female which is why I will refer to ‘she’ in this review) has a pretty good life. Her parents care about her, she doesn’t have many friends but she has two, Cassie and Troy, that seem close and she has a dream to attend Julliard when she graduates.
Sandy’s life appears on the right track. She wins the lead in the school play presentation of Peter Pan and makes a new friend, Shanika who is playing Tiger Lily. But her life begins to spiral out of control when Cassie’s new boyfriend sexually assaults her and Sandy buries her shame instead of telling someone what happened to her. She starts drinking and shoplifting alcohol plus sinking into a deep depression.
This should have been an emotional, heart wrenching read and it was to a point. But I just didn’t see her reaction as realistic. The sexual assault, while wrong, wasn’t as extreme as I would have expected for her reaction. Why she had such a difficult time telling about it baffled me considering she had a really good relationship with her parents. And her reaction to the name of her possible therapist was also somewhat comical. The boy who assaulted her was named Aaron. The therapist is named Erin. When Sandy sees the name she instantly reads Erin TheRapist. IF Sandy had actually been raped in the true sense of the word I could understand the reaction. But her assault was not at that level.
Any sexual assault is traumatic but I think this particular incident did not justify how Sandy reacted. For that reason I can only give this book 3 stars.
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…
- 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 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.
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.