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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  727 ratings  ·  154 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
Hardcover, 165 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by Wendy Lamb Books
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Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
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 with Wou
Renee Chang
Would you rather know what’s going to happen or not know? Would You by Marthe Jocelyn takes place in a summer night where two sisters, Claire and Natalie have different perspectives towards their summer. Claire is excited for the summer, because she’ll be going to college in the fall. Her younger sister, Natalie, is not as excited for the summer as her sister is. She’ll be hanging out with her friends and working on summer jobs, but nothing exciting and special. After Claire had decided to break ...more
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 had just gradu
Brooke Shirts
Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Juletta Gilge
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Good book, short, sad, but well written.
Jamie Wullenweber
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jessica Magdanz
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Personal Response:
I really enjoyed reading this book, and can not relate to it very well. I like that the character is my age and has a sister, but her sister is older and mine is younger. I have not had a family member get into an accident and get into the situation that she did, and I hope I never am in her place. I liked that right when you thought you were getting bored of reading it a plot twist came in so it kept you reading. I think that the reason for Nat's sister breaking up with Joe-bo
Sydney Bartel
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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Aug 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-family-grief
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
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This very short (165 pages) novel written for young adults is tight, spare and very moving. Natalie is spending the summer before grade eleven working as a lifeguard and hanging out with her friends. She and her older sister Claire are that storybook pair of siblings who actually like each other. The story is a snapshot of the week Claire is hit by a car and Natalie has to face up to a real world of "would you ..." where hard choices have to be made. I enjoyed this book, if that is the word for ...more
Gabriella Lalone
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like this book but this book was sad because she drounds and she has a little sister
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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 l
Jan 28, 2009 rated it liked it
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Randy Mcdonald
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canlit
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
Canadian Children's Book Centre
“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
Sidra Imran
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought “Would You” by Marthe Jocelyn was an amazing book. The book has a tragic ending but I love the plot and the sequence of events. The main character Natalie’s life is turned upside down in a “heartbeat” when her sister Claire suffers a tragedy. It’s summer and Natalie is having fun before eleventh grade, she’s hanging out with her friends, and is a lifeguard at the pool near home. Her friend’s would go around at midnight hanging out jumping into the pool. Something tragic then happens to ...more
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing

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
Jennifer Rayment
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Hailey Wheaton
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:
I thought that the book Would You was a very interesting book. I never could exactly pin a point on what was going to happen. I figured out that I like unpredictable books because it makes me want to read them more. I really liked how the author; Marthe Jocelyn included other characters thoughts because it made me more focused on the book.

The book Would You started out with a normal everyday life in a small town. Everything seemed to be the usual routine until Natalie's
Jan 11, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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
Sep 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Anna Phoenix
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sydney Stein
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Amber  ~ The Reading Addict
This is a book about sisters. Ironically, it was given to me by my little sis months ago. I don't really have any excuses as to why it took me so long to start. I mean, the book only has 165 pages, but the cover does kind of look like something whipped up on someone's photoshop account. So I put it off, despite my sister's words of praise.

Obviously, I failed to realize just how touching this book would be. My sister and I are extremely close. She's the one person who understands me better than
May 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Kellie Wagner
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-lit-2011-2012
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Paige Y.
Jul 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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