Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee

4.5 stars Middle School

As Callum bowed, he extended his hand towards Mila and he touched her.  He really did.  He touched her sweater again; Mila was sure of it.  Claiming it was Leo’s birthday, Mila gave him a hug, an innocent hug. It was the words that left his mouth that told her that she had been deceived.  Mila feels alone, why was this happening to her and how can she stop it?

Confiding with her closest friends, Mila finds that their reactions are different which then, play a significant role in their friendship.  It was the action that a few of Mila friends do, after Mila talked with them, that I couldn’t believe they actually did.  What kind of “friends” were they?  Trying to find an adult to talk to, was difficult.  Oh why, did this have to be so hard?

This is a great book that addresses sexual harassment at the middle school level.  If it doesn’t feel right, it isn’t right and it should stop.  If you need to talk to someone, find someone, anyone and the sooner the better.  Telling someone to stop, doesn’t always work.  This book needs to be read by everyone.