Book Review: Maybe He Just Likes You

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.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a great book on a VERY sensitive topic and something that absolutely should be taken away from this book, is that we should NOT be telling girls that if boys are mean to them that it means they like them. ABUSE DOES NOT EQUAL LOVE. 

Girls should never be taught that bullying or being picked on equals affection. This is one of those books that should be in every library of every elementary, middle, and high school. It takes that saying “boys will be boys” and destroys it. 

I loved how strong the main character was. She wasn’t scared to tell her friend that bullying is NOT flirting and something has to change. I do think that the ending felt a bit rushed and it definitely could have been pulled out a lot more. 

Even though it felt rushed, I felt the ending explained things in an easy to understand way that would be taken in easily by younger readers. 

I hope this is one of those stories that gets passed on through the generations. 

I want to thank the author for tackling such a super sensitive topic and shedding light on something that really needs to be corrected. 

Thank you to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title. 

Image and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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