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Would You

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  592 ratings  ·  127 reviews
WOULD YOU RATHER know what’s going to happen or not know?
A summer night. A Saturday. For Natalie’s amazing older sister, Claire, this summer is fantastic, because she’s zooming off to college in the fall. For Natalie, it’s a fun summer with her friends; nothing special. When Claire is hit by a car, the world changes in a heartbeat. Over the next four days, moment by moment
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Laurel Leaf (first published July 8th 2008)
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I’ve seen this game played a ton of times… Would you rather give up books for 10 years or never hear music again? Would you rather <> or <>. But this book is no game, in Would you, the main character is faced with the question of:

Would you rather know what's going to happen or not know?

Would you by Marthe Jocelyn takes place one fateful week Natalie’s world is turned upside down when her sister Claire suffers a horrific tragedy. It was the summer of new beginnings for Claire; she ha
Arianne The Bookworm on the Loose
Truly, life is so short… and borrowed. When you thought you had everything, suddenly, the world turns upside-down and all is lost in a blink of an eye.

For sisters Natalie & Claire, they had each other, against all odds.. When they’re together, they share almost everything – they share room, secrets, clothes & even crushes. Then tragedy strikes, and Natalie is left contemplating the things they shared and most loved.

In this tear-jerker novel, you are left with a lot of questions starting
Brooke Shirts
The plot of this book is one I've seen many, many times in youth fiction: Natalie's beloved older sister is rendered comatose in a car accident; the rest of the family is left behind to cope. But Jocelyn handles this story with such deft characterization and with intense humanity that it's a significant cut above the rest. None of the characters are particularly noble or tragic; they are simply stumbling through the unbelievable, trying to come to terms with grief. Natalie is an incredibly belie ...more
Jamie Wullenweber
I recently read Would You by Marthe Jocelyn for a school "project". Marthe was born and raised in Canada. In tenth grade, she moved to Great Britain to attend a boarding school. She has had many jobs, but later decided to settle down in New York. After raising her two daughters, and reading children's books with them often, she was inspired to write her own children's book.
Later, Marthe began to start writing longer novels. Would You was published in 2008, and I picked it randomly of the shelf
I read Jocelyn's How it happened in Peach Hill and enjoyed it, so I was happy to read Would You. The book has a very different feel and premise. The style is short paragraphs that go from day to day, in a span of about a week or so. Natalie ('Nat') is enjoying her summer before her 11th grade year. Her older sister Claire is 18 and about to head off to college. Claire has always been pretty, popular, likeable, outgoing, and happy. Natalie looks up to her and in some ways feels a bit overshadowed ...more
This was a quick book to get through, but sadly, it turned out to be quite disappointing. The summary gave me the impression that this was going to be an emotional and powerful story, but it turned out to be rather "meh" and not as engaging as I had originally hoped.

First off, Natalie was not a very interesting character. She doesn't do much during the summer except work as a lifeguard at the local pool and hang out with her best friends. Her older sister, Claire, is leaving to college in severa
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
4.5 Stars

I was really surprised by how small this book was when it arrived. I knew it was only around 170 pages but it also looks tiny and I’ve got to admit I was a little put off. However, once I started to read it I was completely and utterly hooked.

Jocelyn has a really amazing writing style which includes so many small details and observations. It was also surprisingly funny in places too which helped prevent the story from feeling too melancholy. It is sad though, but I also found it refresh

The book that I am reviewing is called Would You by Marthe Jocelyn. The Book is main view is “Would you rather know what’s going to happen or not know?”

The book is about two sisters named Claire and Natalie. Claire is a High School Graduate that is enjoying her summer before she goes off to collage. Natalie’s summer will be fine, she thinks, but she knows that at the end of it, her beautiful, brilliant older sister Claire will be off to college. Then everything seems to turn to tragedy. On a
Natalie is a free-wheeling kind of teen. She breaks into people's swimming pools just to have a cool dip with her friends. They play the would you game where you have two impossible choices: Would you rather lose all your hair or all your teeth? Would you rather die or have everyone else die? They are secure in their own immortality, safe in their sheltered worlds. Until the accident. When everything changes.

The characters here are fresh and engaging. Jocelyn has perfectly captured the mix of an
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“Would you rather have your father sing at the supermarket or your mother fart in the principal’s office? Would you rather have a piece of rice permanently attached to your lip or a fly always buzzing around your head?” These are some of the questions that Natalie and her friends idly contemplate as they spend lazy summer nights hanging out at the Ding-Dong and engaging in the occasional game of pool hopping. It’s a quiet, ordinary summer, except that Natalie is trying to avoid thinking about th ...more
It's the summer before her junior year in high school, and Natalie is embracing the heat. She is happy but sad about this summer. Happy because of obvious reasons, it's summer. But sad because her brilliant older sister Claire is leaving for university in the fall. One night, while returning from a late night party with her friends, Natalie hears sirens, although she doesn't think these sirens could connect with her. Until she comes from to her hysterical parents. They tell her that her beautifu ...more
Kellie Wagner
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Would You

Would You? The book Would You, by Marthe Jocelyn is about a girl named Claire the gets in a really bad life changing accident at a party and no one knows what to do next. People come to visit her and don’t know what to think of her or what happened. People walk in with the overhead lights on her and say, “Oh my god they shaved your head and you have a huge injury on your skull, swollen, with black crisscrossed stitches, holding together this gash, no bandage, just there for us to look
Paige Y.
It’s just a normal summer – Claire’s last summer before she goes away to college. Her sister Natalie is spending her days working as a lifeguard at the pool, and her nights hanging out with her friends. Natalie’s isn’t happy about Claire’s imminent departure (“We’ve been sharing a room since I was born. How can our life be reduced to occasional weekends?”) And then in one moment, her world changes. She arrives homes one evening to find out that Claire has been hit by a car. She’s in a coma, and ...more
Randy Mcdonald
In a small Ontario town, teenager Natalie often plays the game “Would You?”, a game of dares and questions with her friends Would you kiss that person? Would you eat that food? The game is normal enough, something that they’re all used to, sometimes a joke, sometimes a process that helps them determine more about themselves: what do they like dislike? what are the things that they hope for and the things that scare them? For Natalie, things are pretty good, with parents she gets along well with ...more
Natalie is one of those lucky teens that is really good friends with her sister Claire. In fact, they and their friends have been spending the summer before her junior year relaxing and doing an awful lot of swimming. That is even more so for Nat, who works as a lifeguard at the YMCA.

One night, Claire is off to a party, and everyone's lives change when she is hit by a car. She is rushed to the hospital with severe head trauma. After the surgery, it quickly becomes clear that Claire will never be
Natalie's world changes when her big sister, Claire, is involved in an accident that puts her into a coma. Natalie must come to terms with the fact that she may lose her sister forever. Would you rather die painlessly or live the rest of your life as a vegetable?

I didn't really like this book. It was hard to connect to Natalie, because at times she seemed younger than she really was, and some of the "Would You" questions. However, it was really easy to see how much Natalie loved her sister and h
Natalie is forever hanging onto her older sister Claire. At times they can be the best of friends, even though Claire is older and has her own friends. One night changes a lot of things. When Claire is in an accident things start to look different from Natalie's point of view. Her friends game of Would You Rather? takes on a different feel as they try to figure out how to cope.

I didn't love this main character. The whole time I really wanted to feel bad or her having to go through all these thin
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Anna Phoenix
This small, unassuming volume doesn't look like much, but it packs a powerful punch. (Side note: This is the first of my reviews that I've gone back to the book to flip through - and I couldn't find it on my shelf at first, it's so narrow).

Taking place through four harrowing days, the narrator's voice is truthful, honest, and hurt, but not at all self-pitying which makes it stronger on the whole. She's dealing with the crap that comes from a terrible situation, but that's just the thing: She's d
Jennifer Wardrip
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"Would you rather know what's going to happen or not know?" This is the question that starts the powerful story that is WOULD YOU.

Natalie is Claire's younger sister. Claire has just graduated from high school and she's ready to begin the next chapter of her life. She has told Natalie that she is going to break up with her boyfriend, Joe, that night.

But that night, everything changes.

Nat and her friends sit around at the Ding Dong Diner discussing "would
Sydney Stein
Would you by Marthe Jocelyn is a book that everyone should read. The book doesn't have chapters but it is numbered each days. Within the days, there are tittles for each different moment that occurred, very unique. Would You keeps you hooked! It is an amazing book that I will read over and over again.

The question. The book, Would You, by Marthe Jocelyn starts with the question "Would you rather know what's going to happen? Or not know?" (Jocelyn 2). In Ontario, Natalie plays these "would you" ga
Jennifer Rayment
Good Stuff

• Brought back memories of the emotional YA books I read as a teen
• Some of the dialogue was snort out your nose funny
• Tear jerker
• Very realistic thoughts and emotions from the main character Natalie -- even the unpleasant and selfish thoughts that we all have, but very rarely admit to
• Relationship between the sisters is lovely, now I must go email my sister and tell her how cool I think she is and wish that we were closer as youngsters
. I look forward to reading some of her other w
How would you feel if your life changed in a heartbeat? Unfortunately, this is what Natalie had to go through. Natalie is a typical teenage girl - she works a job, loves a good time, and can act a little rebellious. When her current school year comes to an end, she is excited to spend another fun, ordinary summer with her friends. Her sister, Claire, on the other hand, has a bit more going on; she has to prepare for college in the coming fall, plus she is having relationship problems with her bo ...more
Would you by Marthe Jocelyn is about two sisters, Natalie and Claire. Natalie is Claires younger sister, Claire just graduated from high school and she's about to go to college. Natalie is really good friends with her sister, all summer they were relaxing and doing a lot of swimming with their friends before Claire goes to college. Natalie thought her summer would be fine but one night Claire goes to a party, and everyones lives changes when she gets hit by a car. She was rushed to the hospital ...more
The plot-line may sound a bit like an after-school special, but the writing is judicious and funny and believable. The story is told from the point of view of Natalie, whose older sister is hit by a car, and her perspective felt honest. The chapters are quite short, and the book itself is slim - under 200 pages - which would make this a good choice for teen readers who don't want something long and involved, but do want a story that packs a punch.

We get glimpses of a lot of characters, and the
This is a very depressing book. The novel was about the events that occurred in just a few days. The main character, Natalie, narrates about what is was like after her sister was in coma due to a car accident. There were heartbreaking scene of how her parents and friends reacted when they received the news. It has very touching scenes when Natalie talks to her sister in the hospital. The ending is very sad but realistic. The future is unpredictable. Who knows what will happen in just a few secon ...more
Not quite the same but if you want to read a much better book with a similar theme, read Jandy Nelson's The Sky is Everywhere. This book seemed generally purposeless and, honestly, I only finished because it was so short. YMMV but I don't recommend it.
This is the saddest book I've read in a long time. Just warning you. If you like Lurlene McDaniel books, you'll love this. The summer before 11th grade, Natalie is planning to hang out with her friends, go "pool hopping" in pools at night, and try not to think about the fact that her older sister Claire is leaving for college in 7 weeks. The two of them share a room, clothes, and many adventures; they are very close. But in the blink of an eye everything changes, when Claire is hit by a car and ...more
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