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Maybe He Just Likes YouBarbara Dee explores the subject of #MeToo for the middle grade audience in this novel about experiencing harassment and unwanted attention from classmatesFor seventh grader Mila it starts with an unwanted hug on the school blacktopThe next day it’s another hug A smirk Comments It all feelsweird According to her fri. free review copy MUST READ I can only think of one other middle grade book that hit me as hard as this one did albeit on a different subject matter but MAYBE HE JUST LIKES YOU is the most universally important and timely book that I have read in a long long time It's important for my daughters My son My husband My coworkers both male and female And it was so important for ME to have my feelings validated in storyFor the middle school meBoys snapping my bra straps and my friends being jealous rather than sticking up for meBoys laughing and looking at my chest and asking if it's too cold in the roomFor the high school meBun hugger volleyball shorts making every game an agony of wondering what was being whisperedKeeping my head down walking past a certain group of guysFor the adult meTrying to make sure I was out of my workspace every time a certain male co worker was supposed to enterMy heart racing every time I walk past a certain group of male co workers7th grade Mila in this book isn't raped She isn't the victim of severe sexual assault Neither was I But the casual and insidious nature of sexual harassment is harmful Full stop It's harmful for girls harmful for women and harmful for schools and workplaces Harmful for boys too because they're not being taught to STOP at a young enough ageBarbara Dee addresses this issue in such a perfect way showing the boys as perpetrators yes but also as kids who hadn't been taught explicitly where the line is Showing the girls as knowing the line based on instinct but not how to handle it it yet Teachers and parents as wanting to help but not always understanding the true impact of joking around We are all imperfect Most everyone wants to help Wants to do better But conversations need to be had We need to TALK about this with middle schoolers We need to talk about it as parents and as school staffNot just about sexual consent with high schoolers this is different than Do you want to have intercourse Say YES if so and not having sex with a girl when she's drunk This is about teaching younger tweens and teens what kind of talk proximity and touch is crossing the line When it isn't flirting and that sometimes what one person takes as flirting another can take as harassment And while that's hard to understand STOP means STOP And that sometimes it's crazy hard for someone to even say STOP because society says that it's probably okayshe's probably just overreactingrightAs you can tell this book hit me hard I'm planning to offer a staff book club for my middle and high school staff as soon as the book releases on October 1st I need to also find a way to have it read aloud to our middle schoolers in class as well It's that important

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End Zara Mila is being immature overreacting Doesn’t she know what flirting looks likeBut it keeps happening despite Mila’s protests On the bus in the halls Even during band practice the one time Mila could always escape to her “blue sky” feeling It seems like the boys are EVERYWHERE And it doesn’t feel like. An incredibly important book Speaks to relevant topics without being pedantic I wish I’d had this when I was a kid Please hand this to young readers of ALL genders

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Maybe He Just Likes You Read Á 104 ↠ Barbara Dee explores the subject of #MeToo for the middle grade audience in this novel about experiencing harassment and unwanted attention from classmatesFor seventh grader Mila it starts with an unwanted hug on the school blacktopThe next day it’s another hug A smirk Comments It all feelsweird According tFlirting–so what is itMila starts to gain confidence when she enrolls in karate class But her friends still don’t understand why Mila is making such a big deal about the boys’ attention When Mila is finally pushed too far she realizes she can’t battle this on her own–and finds help in some unexpected places. “They were just being friendly” “Today’s my birthday” “Seventh grade boys can be very immature” “Maybe they just like you” “It’s called flirting” “Maybe if you think about what you’re doing”Hands swishing across her shoulder sueezing a shoulder bumping her shoulder on the bus Boys asking for hugs and to touch her sweater for luck leaning on her during band practice touching her Even when she tells them to stop It gets worse when she finds out that the basketball team has made a game out of harassing her Seventh grader Mila doesn’t know what is happening but she knows she feels very uncomfortable And it keeps getting worse “The whole thing is out of control” 184Are the boys on the basketball team just playing around or is she misreading their actions and words Her friends aren’t much help Zara makes everything all about her and can say mean things although she always apologizes Omi is supportive but timid and Max insists that she talk to Mr McCabe but he is also the boys’ basketball coach Her female guidance counselor is on maternity leave and when she finally goes to Mr Dolan the male guidance he brushes off her concerns “Mila I can tell you from experience that the best course of action is to try to ignore them” 56Mila can’t tell her mother who has her own problems with a mean boss and trying to make ends meet and convince her ex husband to pay child supportFinally Mila gets some strength from karate lessons and Samira a school classmate who leads the lessons When she is again harassed before the big band concert she makes an act of desperation unfortunately bringing the concert to a halt but reinforced by another classmate’s similar story she ultimately tells the band teacher about the endless harassment Finally someone understands “I also understand that sometimes you reach a point where the only thing that matters is being heard No not just heard Listened to right” 202Mila’s story made me cringe throughout The story while simply told conveys Mila’s confusion and feelings of helplessness The novel illustrates the importance of telling an adult an adult who understands and recognizes harassment for what it is As Mr Dolan says when Mila is explaining how it felt “I really think this is something I need to hear” 216 Barbara Dee’s newest novel needs to be read by all middle school girls and even critically by all middle school boys This would be an ideal book for a group of students to read aloud and discuss with a teacher and counselor in a homeroom meeting or advisement period It also would be an effective choice for a whole class read before or after book clubs reading novels about bullying