Maybe He Just Likes You

Coming Oct 1, 2019 from Aladdin/S&S

For seventh grader Mila, it starts with some boys giving her an unwanted hug on the school blacktop during a surprise birthday celebration.

The next day, it’s another hug. A smirk. Comments. It all feels…weird. According to her friend Zara, Mila is being immature and overreacting. Doesn’t she know what flirting looks like?

But it keeps happening, despite Mila’s protests. On the bus, in the halls. Even during band practice–the one time Mila can always escape to her happy “blue-sky” feeling. It seems like the boys are EVERYWHERE. And their behavior doesn’t feel like flirting–so what is it?

Mila starts to gain confidence when she enrolls in karate class. But her friends still don’t understand why Mila is making such a big deal about the boys’ attention. When Mila is finally pushed too far, she realizes she can’t battle this on her own, and she finds help in some unexpected places.

From the author of EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT YOU, HALFWAY NORMAL and STAR-CROSSED comes this timely story of a middle school girl standing up and finding her voice.

See the cover reveal on the Nerdy Book Club blog.

Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, Hardcover
ISBN 978-1-5344-3237-6
Ages 9-13

“In Maybe He Just Likes You, Barbara Dee sensitively breaks down the nuances of a situation all too common in our culture–a girl not only being harassed, but not being listened to as she tries to ask for help. This well-crafted story validates Mila’s anger, confusion, and fear, but also illuminates a pathway towards speaking up and speaking out. A vital read for both girls and boys.”

Veera Hiranandani, The Night Diary (Newbery Honor book)

Maybe He Just Likes You is an important, timeless story with funny, believable characters. Mila’s situation is one that many readers will connect with. This book is sure to spark many productive conversations.”

Dusti Bowling, Insignificant Events in the Life of A Cactus

“In this masterful, relatable and wholly unique story, Dee shows how one girl named Mila finds empowerment, strength, and courage within. I loved this book.”

Elly Swartz, Smart Cookie, Give and Take (2019)

“Mila is a finely-drawn, sympathetic character dealing with a problem all too common in middle school. Readers will be cheering when she takes control! An important topic addressed in an age-appropriate way.”

Katherine Brubaker Bradley, The War That Saved My Life (Newbery Honor Book)

Maybe He Just Likes You is the perfect way to jumpstart dialogue between boy and girl readers about respect and boundaries. This book is so good. So needed! I loved it!”

Paula Chase, So Done, Dough Boys (2019)

“Mila’s journey will resonate with many readers, exploring a formative and common experience of early adolescence that has too often been ignored. Important and empowering.”

Ashley Herring Blake, author of Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World