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Barbara Dee

Autor(a) de Maybe He Just Likes You

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Obras por Barbara Dee

Maybe He Just Likes You (2019) 245 exemplares
Star-Crossed (2017) 213 exemplares
Solving Zoe (2009) — Autor — 112 exemplares
Halfway Normal (2017) 87 exemplares
Everything I Know About You (2018) 63 exemplares
Violets Are Blue (2021) 62 exemplares
My Life in the Fish Tank (2020) 47 exemplares
Trauma Queen (2011) 39 exemplares
This Is Me From Now On (2010) 38 exemplares
Haven Jacobs Saves the Planet (2022) 30 exemplares
Truth or Dare (2016) 14 exemplares
Unstuck (2024) 14 exemplares
Ne kavarj, Francesca! (2017) 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



Representation: Black, Asian and Latina characters
Trigger warnings: Physical assault, child abuse and implied injury, sexual harassment, bullying, sexism
Score: Seven out of ten.

For a book targeted at a younger audience this was surprisingly heavy. I can't believe this one isn't YA. Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee circled my recommendations until I saw it on a library shelf and picked it up. I headed in with high expectations, and when I closed the final page, it was enjoyable, yet flawed.

It starts with Mila recounting her life at school when she notices something, the boys, like Callum, sometimes hug her without consent and for a strangely long time, a few seconds too long. Mila doesn't know what this feeling is yet for the first opening pages, but what she does know is this isn't flirting. This is something else, despite her peers calling her reactions immature and over-the-top. Mila drives the central storyline with her character development of realising what sexual harassment is. Why didn't she tell anyone about this? I presume she didn't have the words yet. Or another reason.

I'm glad Dee put in effort by also making her see words are better than actions, which made me like her, despite her flaws. The pacing is enough to keep the plot going, with a length below 300 pages, but I sometimes feel a lot is going on. Mila has a lot of character dynamics with her friends, like Mila and Naomi and people she prefers not to interact, like Callum, and Dee dedicated lots of subplots to them, like the one about her mother attending an exercise program, but it detracts from the narrative.

The writing style is okay, except for one choice: if Mila (and therefore Dee) can say Asian, like in the term Asian American, why can't she say Black or Latina? Like others, Maybe He Just Likes You solely focuses on characters' experiences based on gender, but there's no intersectionality, which felt like a missed opportunity given the cast is diverse. The concluding pages are engaging though, as I get to see the satisfying end of Mila's arc.
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Law_Books600 | 9 outras críticas | May 19, 2024 |
Review coming soon.
Valerie.Michigan | 10 outras críticas | May 3, 2024 |
Review coming soon.
Valerie.Michigan | 10 outras críticas | May 3, 2024 |
Warning: there is reference to a gay character; however, this plays a very minor role in the whole story. Sexual harassment is discussed in the book so parents should be aware of the subject and be prepared to discuss with their children. The author does a great job giving examples throughout the story without sexual descriptions or graphic content.
MamaBearLendingDen | 9 outras críticas | Apr 4, 2024 |



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