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You, Maybe: The Profound Asymmetry of Love in High School

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3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  937 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Careful what you love Josie is independent, fierce, and does not care what anyone thinks about her, especially where guys are concerned. She may flirt with them, and even kiss them, but it doesn't mean anything, not even with Michael. He's more like a friend-with-benefits.

So who can explain what happens when Carson Gold decides he's interested in her? Carson Gold, the hott
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Hardcover, 199 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published April 25th 2006)
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Cinthia
1.5 STARS

THE ENDING, REALLY?? I HAD HOPED IF ALL ELSE FAILED THAT THE MAIN CHARACTER WOULD HAVE DIGNITY IN THE END, WHEN SHE DISCOVERED 'CARSON' & HIS TRUE SELF....BUT THE WAY SHE ACTED MADE ME CRINGE..DO GIRLS REALLY DO THAT?? C'MON HAVE SELF-PRIDE..PLEASE..IN THE BEGINNING SHE WAS ALL ABOUT NOT BEING A HALF-COUPLE AND SELF WORTH BUT I FEEL AS THOUGH THE ENDING RUINED HER CHARACTER FOR ME... I UNDERSTAND SHE FELL FOR THE WRONG GUY EVEN IF HE SCREAMED DANGER AND ''DO NOT'' TRUST ME ALL OVER
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Cheyenne Current
This book was a bit of a dissapointment, story wise. I was hoping for a whole lot more with the plot and the characters. I have a problem with a quite a lot of things in this book. First, the Carson character I knew was trouble before I even read the first page. His character was really into himself and bi-polar at times. His character is very hypocritical and even though it is portrayed as subtle, it was really quite obvious. His character was snobbish and thought that if anybody ever didn't d ...more
Amy
I was really enjoying this book up until the last couple of chapters. I liked Josie and all her little quirks that made her unique. I loved how she didn't care what anyone thought of her and how she just went through her day being 100% her. I liked her friends and I liked Michael. I even liked the romance that was beginning with the popular boy. And her parents made me laugh out loud when they embarrassed her with typical things a 15 year old would find embarrassing in their parents. But she jus ...more
Sophia
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Megan (The Book Babe)
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WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. THEY ARE NOT MARKED. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Well. That was dumb. I don't think that I can even summarize this book without making it sound ridiculously stupid...grr. My reading slump has become part of life, people. It sucks. Big time. So, I just have a few things to say about this book. *glances at watch* First: I spent three hours on this book, and I don't...no. Just no. How could....never min
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Alex
The Deal: Josie is neither popular nor unpopular high school junior; she has two best friends, and a boy who could maybe be more than a friend... and she's possibly the only girl in the school not in love with Carson Gold - the post popular guy at school.

That's until Carson notices her and suddenly, after a couple of after school hook ups, they are an item, and Josie finds herself on half of the IT couple, with all the good and bad it entails.

My Thoughts: I'm sorry to say "You Maybe" was a bit o
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Aleigh
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Jenny
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Michelle. D.
OK... I really liked the book but the ending really was disappointing. She became exactly what she though was so horrible. I wish at the end she got together with Michael.
Anyways, I really started to hate her character as the book progressed. When she blew off Michael, that was when I really hated her. Carsen is so UUUGHGHHHHHH! and I knew that he still loved Emalina and he would get back together with her in the end. I just had a feeling and it was true.
I love Michael. I really hate how Josie
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Heather
No. Just no. Okay, on the up side - definitely true to life. I remember myself acting stupid over boys. But this girl was REALLY stupid, especially since she was supposed to be a smart, funny, original girl. So as I'm plodding through all the stupidity, my hope, my guiding light is that I am sure her smart originality will finally come through and she'll realize what she should do and there will be a smart, funny, original resolution that will leave me smiling and satisfied. Nope.
Emily
I fully regret picking up this book. I honestly considered putting it away after the first 20 pages or so. The way the author portrayed "teenage love" is so cliche and I can't stand the way Josie behaved when Carson broke up with her.
It pained me to read this book and see how desperate she became about having this boy. It was such a typical teen love novel and I knew how it was going to end within the first 5 pages.
Not recommended at all.
chelsey
May 06, 2007 chelsey rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
This book is horrible!!! Never read it. It started out really good, but it just went down-hill from there. The main character went from an amazing role model(a strong girl with a mind of her own) and then she turned into a "typical high school girl"(tripping over herself just to talk to the popular boy). If you ever need to throw anything at a wall this is the thing to throw.
Ally Pershina
You, Maybe was an amazing book!! "love is a brat" literally wraps up the book in four words! Josie was an average teenage girl who's life change by going to one party. At the party she notice Carson, the hottest boy in school was looking at her. When she went to school Monday Carson met her at her locker and started talking. A few weeks later they started falling in love. They had many twists and turn in their relationship. By the end of this book, very surprising things happened!

This book was
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Cathy
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Why I gave this book four stars--it was well written. The main character, Josie, was fun and smart and different until she got snagged by one of the Beautiful People. The last quarter of this story left me uncomfortable and annoyed. It also had a ring of truth to it. If you have never been a participant in a one way love or had a friend who was, I'd say that you are lucky because Vail has caught it right. It makes people behave badly and unlike themselves. While I personally fel
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Natalie Walton
I had very, very high hopes for this one. I know it's not good to start off a book with high hopes but I have my own story that follows a similar storyline.

This book sort of reminded me of what I'll see logging in wattpad or logging into websites where you can read things online. It moved too fast, had no real storyline, the ending was abrupt, the characters barely had any substance. I could totally see this being popular on the writing portion of this website - perfect length and everything. Bu
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Jill
Jun 05, 2007 Jill rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who has experienced heartbreak
Shelves: ya
With a pretty unsatisfying ending, and weak storyline throughout there's not much exciting to offer here. Might be exactly what someone surviving a recent break-up is looking for....but I'm not even sure about that.
Sanum
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Lynleigh
Any teenage girl can tell you about that one guy. The one that makes you turn your world upside down and change everything and everyone in your life. Since the beginning of time there have been those boys that talk you into something you never thought you would poosibly try or do. For Josie this boy is Carson, the popular suave one that everyone wants. Josie is the typical teenager just keeping herself happy and never worrying about the guys or how they feel about her. It's always been easy to j ...more
Chandni
Josie is a 15 year old girl who doesn’t idolize the hottest senior on campus, Carson Gold. While every other girl her age is smitten with him, her friends included, she doesn’t see the appeal and is embarrassed when other girls throw fits after being dumped by him. She believes that in high school, people should hook up and move on. Of course, as young adult novels go, Carson and Josie start hooking up, it’s great for a while, and then things end.
Carson Gold knew all the right things to say to g
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Merary
It happens to everyone.
You get swapped off your feet by Mr. Wrong, then you get into deep and your heart gets broken out of nowhere.
This happened to Josie.

She swore to never be like those annoying, clingy girls desperate for a second chance. But it happened. Carson Gold, one of the BPs(Beautiful People) asked her out and the rest was history.
Josie fell so hard for him, that she changed her personality and the way she looks.

What Josie didn't know was that she was only Carson's little project to m
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Heather
"You, Maybe: The Profound Asymmetry of Love in High School" is a fascinating book about a girl named Josie, who is a sophomore in high school. Josie is the type of girl who never falls in love easily. She prefers to just flirt with guys, especially with her best friend Michael. One day, when she finds out that Carson Gold, a senior at her school, likes her, she can't believe it and neither can anybody else. When Carson asks Josie to be his girlfriend, she actually starts falling for him, or so s ...more
Karlie B
The book, “You, Maybe” by Rachel Vail was pretty good. This is a great book about a first love and how confusing it can be, especially in high school. First of all, Josie is a great protagonist. She is funny, sarcastic, and very likeable. Especially toward the beginning of the book, I found myself laughing at some of the things she said. On of the best things Josie had said, “‘You planning to kill me with a Wiffle bat?" [Carson asked] "Yeah." "Why?" he asked. The bat was shaking in my tight grip ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Cayla Carhart for TeensReadToo.com

YOU, MAYBE is a great book about high school romance. This book really captures how romance in high school can be confusing and heartbreaking, but can also be fun. This book is a page-turner; it keeps you wondering what could possibly happen next.

Josie is a fifteen-year-old girl who is very independent and has never wanted to be anybody's girlfriend. She believes that when you become a couple, you yourself are only half of something and not whole. S
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Jana
3 chocolate chip cookies.

Cover Love: Not really. It's okay and the rose does have meaning, but I don't think it;s really eye catching.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
I adored Rachel Vail's books If We Kiss and Kiss Me Again, and contemporary romance books are favorites of mine.

Romance?: Yes, that's what it's all about!

My Thoughts:
I just love how some authors can nail what it's like when you like a boy way more than he likes you. It twists you up inside until you aren't sure who you are anymore. And p
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Bethany
This book was...OK...I guess. I'm not sure. On the one hand, it is a pretty good story about the unfortunate way that "first loves" usually work out. Boy A is in love with Girl A, who is in love with Boy B, who is in love with Girl B. Boy and Girl A end up with the short ends of the stick. On the other hand, the story line was rather weak, the attitude of the character doesn't fit (Yes, I know girls that act exactly like that, but none of them had the personality and attitude this girl had befor ...more
Julia
Independent Novel Review
Advanced English
Have you ever read a book where you want to scream at it no don’t! Well that is exactly how Rachel Vail makes you feel in the book You Maybe. This book is a good read for girls who want to read a realistic fiction novel with a romantic twist. It is also a good book for readers who like romantic fiction books set in a high school setting.
The reason this book is so good is Vail makes it sound and as if it is your life or your best friend’s life. She has th
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1. What did you think the book was about?

The book “You Maybe” is about love. How you can think you don’t like someone but once they start liking you, you start falling for them. Josie an unpopular sophomore is the only girl in the school who doesn’t like Carson Gold, “the golden boy”. He is the most popular boy in school, the president of every club, the captain of every team and he’s a senior. When he starts like Josie no one can believe it, even she can’t believe it. When h
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Susan
this book was okay at first and i do think this book is good but i was not really satisfied with the ending. This book talks about how the main character is a player and she messes around with guys abd dont really go out wiht them and one day the hottest guy in school asks to hang with him during lunch time and they went to her home and they made out a bit. He all of a sudden said that he really loved her and he wanted to go out with her but she wasnt sure why. She later falls deeply for him and ...more
Leigh
This book is about a girl named Josie who, at the beginning of the book, didn't want to fall in-love with, the all time good-looking senior, Carson. Later on she finds herself talking to him and ends up with him. Carson is a boy who gets everything he likes, and I mean everything. Other than being known as good looking, he is also known for the big fight he had when his long term girlfriend broke up with him. Ever since then, he been going from girl to girl. Being with Josie makes him happy but ...more
Alessandra
Ok honestly, I didn't like this book...it was one of the most frustrating books I've ever read to the point where I hated the 2 main characters and I didn't really identify with them because I was just yelling at them the whole time... It wasn't a surprise to me that Carson was using her and manipulating her into liking him. I think he gets some sick twisted thrill out of leading girls on like that and making them think it's their fault! God, most of it was sickening. The ideals about love were ...more
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Birth
I was born on July 25, 1966, in NEW YORK CITY, and grew up in New Rochelle, NY, with my mother, my father, and my younger brother Jon. (And down the street from my future husband, though of course I didn't know that until much later.)

Interests
Some details, I do know-I was very into reading and theater, so I read every book I could get my hands on (especially realistic fiction, either contempo
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“You planning top kill me with a Wiffle bat?" [Carson asked]
"Yeah."
"Why?" he asked.
The bat was shaking in my tight grip. "Because I don't have my Minnie Mouse pillow.”
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“I smashed his hand as hard as I could with the Wiffle bat.
"Ow!" he screamed.
Carson was rubbing his red palm, inspecting it for damage. "That hurt," he shrieked. "You really hurt me."
"Right back at you," I said. "Good-bye Carson."
He frowned, massaging his hand, the big baby. "I just wanted to end this nicely."
"Yeah?" I cocked the bat up to hit him again. "Well, this time you don't get what you want.”
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