Discussion Questions: Maybe He Just Likes You

maybe he just likes youDiscussion Questions for Maybe He Just Likes You

 

  1. For her friend Omi’s twelfth birthday, Mila and her friends plan a special birthday surprise/celebration. During this time, the “basketball boys” give Mila a hug – of sorts. But is this really a hug? And do you think these boys are just being friendly like Zara claims?

 

  1. During band, Callum gives a “hand swish” that brushes against Mila’s shoulder. She feels it was enough to deserve an apology, yet no one else seems to feel that way. Do you think Mila is right or is she overreacting?

 

  1. Mila is trying to disguise her developing body by wearing a concealing fuzzy green sweater. Is this strategy working?

 

  1. In band, Dante offers to let Mila use her music if she gives Leo a “birthday hug.” Do you think this is a fair offer? When Mila questions whether it really is Leo’s birthday, she finds they almost blame her for not believing them. However, Callum won’t meet her eye. Does this behavior seem sketchy to you or is Mila once again making too much of it?

 

  1. Mila finds out from Zara that the boys lied about it being Leo’s birthday. Why doesn’t Mila feel comfortable sharing this information with Zara?

 

  1. Another of the basketball boys – Tobias – is looking for a hug. He gives the excuse that Mila’s green sweater contains some kind of magic, that the boys who touched it achieved their personal best after touching it. Mila feels relieved – mystery touches explained! But do you really believe his explanation? And do you think Tobias or Callum both might just like Mila?

 

  1. On the bus, the boys are giving Mila lots of attention, but very little of the bus seat. Does this crowding seem fair? Normal? And do you think the boys are really interested in the fuzzy green sweater?

 

  1. Do you think the plaid shirt Mila borrowed from her mom is going to help the situation with the basketball boys?

 

  1. Samira noticed what happened on the bus and told Mila she wouldn’t allow the boys to treat her that way. Samira seemed to be blaming Mila for the incident. Do you think Mila “allowed” it? What else might Mila done?

 

  1. As Mila was leaving the band room, Callum made a comment about her butt. Was this appropriate? And how would you have handled this remark?

 

  1. Mila’s friend Max has noticed the way the boys are treating Mila and he offers to help. Max has been bullied in the past. Is what the basketball boys are doing bullying?

 

  1. What do you think Zara’s problem is? Is Mila’s guess that she might be jealous correct?

 

  1. Mila tries to go to Guidance to get some help. Was Mr. Dolan helpful? Should Mila have been more honest with him?

 

  1. After the chair incident in band, Mila is accused of overreacting. Is she? Do you think Ms. Fender is blaming Mila for the incident?

 

  1. Mila arrives home late and wants to hide the real reason from her mother. Do you think this is a good decision?

 

  1. Mila runs into to Tobias in the park. She considers confronting him about the behavior of the basketball boys, but changes her mind. Were her reasons valid? Would this have been a good way to solve her problem? And why are things different when it comes to Mila?

 

  1.  What do you think of the karate class at E Motions? And what about Mila’s thoughts and concerns after her first experience?

 

  1. Mila wonders: Does her mother know she needs “coverage”? What do you think?

 

  1. Zara apologizes to Mila for not sticking up for Mila during lunch. Do you think everything is right between them now?

 

  1. At her locker, Mila feels Tobias grab her butt. Then he denies it and says it must have been her imagination. When she tries to talk to her friends about the incident, she gets all kinds of mixed reactions. Describe some of their reactions. Who is right?

 

  1. Mila runs into trouble again on Friday afternoon when she and her friends plan to go to CVS. Zara says she has to deal with the situation herself because Mila is not dealing with it. Is Zara’s accusation accurate? Is Zara’s idea the right solution? And did her actions really solve Mila’s problem?

 

  1.  Mila becomes aware her mother has some issued going on as well, both at work and with her father. This makes the family’s situation  – especially from an economic standpoint  – difficult. Should Mila confide her own problems at this time? What do you think of Mr. Fitzgibbons?

 

  1. Do you think that karate may be the solution to Mila’s problems? And does any of the initial training seem like it will be helpful?

 

  1. Through Omi, Mila finds out the real reason the boys have been so anxious to touch her. What do you think of this game? What do you think Mila should do?

 

  1. How might Mom losing her job affect Mila and her situation?

 

  1. Do you think Mila should have apologized to Zara? And should she have expected an apology in return?

 

  1. Callum says the scorecard on Mila is just a game. Is it? And is Mila’s reaction the right one? The result was Ms. Fender changing her band position. What do you think Mila should have done differently?

 

  1. In karate, Mila and the other students get a lesson in self-defense. What does she learn? Do you think this is going to help her?

 

  1. When Callum grabs Mila’s arm, she comes back with some of her new techniques learned in karate. Does this seem to help Mila’s problem?

 

  1. What do you think about Zara’s reaction when she learns about the scorecard? What do you think of Max’s suggestion to go to Mr. McCabe?

 

  1. Mila spills some of her frustration to her mother, complaining she doesn’t know what to do when others won’t listen. Mom suggests finding a way to speak their language without physical attacks. How might Mila manage this?

 

  1. Is Omi brave? Is Mom brave?

 

  1. In a conversation with Erica, Mila might have found an opportunity for Mom. Did she learn to speak Erica’s language or was it something else?

 

  1.  Max has a conversation with Mila about her problem. He wants to help, but Mila responds with the comment that it is her problem. Is it? Should she follow Max’s advice and go to an adult? Is she a bully victim? Or is it really something else?

 

  1. What do you think of the game of Untag? Why is blame for the situation shifted to Mila?

 

  1. Mila admits to her friend Samira that the situation is out of her control. Even with her friends’ support, it doesn’t seem to be enough. What do you think she should do?

 

  1. Mila gets through her days by practicing karate, thinking about karate, and attending karate classes. She is making progress. How has this helped her? Do you think it will be enough?

 

  1. What do you think of Callum’s comment at the band concert? How does it affect Mila? What do you think of her response at the band concert?

 

  1. After the concert, Mila has to face Ms. Fender and the truth of the situation finally comes out. Was the response from Ms. Fender what Mila (or you) expected?

 

  1. What do you think of Ms. Fender’s solution? Should Mila agree to this?

 

  1. How does Mila’s conversation with Liana affect her decision?

 

  1. What did you think of the “community meeting”? Do you think this was an effective way to deal with the harassment? Was it better than, say, a traditional punishment (detention, suspension)?

 

  1. Have you ever had a problem that you think might have been solved in this way?

 

  1. Talk about how the perspective of the characters – Mila, Callum – has changed. Do you think these changes would have taken place without the community meeting?