Book Review: Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee is a great book for help tweens to understand consent and the impact of their actions.
A short overview of this book
Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee is a great book for helping tweens to understand consent and how their actions can impact others. I really enjoyed this book, as it shares an important lesson through story.
Here’s the spiel of what it’s about (it summarises it better than I can).
For seventh-grader Mila, it starts with some boys giving her an unwanted hug on the school blacktop. A few days later, at recess, one of the boys (and fellow trumpet player) Callum tells Mila it’s his birthday, and asks her for a “birthday hug.” He’s just being friendly, isn’t he? And how can she say no? But Callum’s hug lasts a few seconds too long, and feels…weird. According to her friend, Zara, Mila is being immature and overreacting. Doesn’t she know what flirting looks like?
But the boys don’t leave Mila alone. On the bus. In the halls. During band practice–the one place Mila could always escape.
It doesn’t feel like flirting–so what is it? Thanks to a chance meeting, Mila begins to find solace in a new place: karate class. Slowly, with the help of a fellow classmate, Mila learns how to stand her ground and how to respect others–and herself.
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What’s the ideal age for this book?
Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee is ideal for children between the ages of 9 to 13 years.
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