Did they, or didn't they?
Did she, or didn't she?
Something happened to fourteen-year-old Maisie Willard—something involving her three friends, all boys. But their stories don't match, and the rumors spin out of control. Then other people get involved . . . the school, the parents, the lawyers. The incident at the back of the bus becomes the center of Maisie's life, the talk of the school and, horribly, it becomes news. With just a few words and a touch, the kids and their community are changed forever.
From nationally acclaimed author Francine Prose comes an unforgettable story about the difficulties of telling the truth, the consequences of lying, and the most dangerous twist of all—the possibility that you yourself will come to believe something that you know isn't true.
“[Maisie’s] anger, hurt, and sexual awakening are riveting, as are all the novel’s big questions about harassment and every incident’s multiple versions of the truth.”
“A nuanced meditation on how stories of abuse can confuse and obscure the truth...Prose’s (Bullyville) adept narration and shunning of easy answers will hold readers’ interest. ”
“An incisive and compelling novel... Readers will be fascinated by this convincing tale and the questions that it raises, from its gripping first chapter to its poignant and surprising conclusion.”
“Caught by Maisie’s immediate first-person narrative, readers will race through the story...Riveting.”
“Prose keeps capable control of Maisie’s voice...Middle schoolers attempting to negotiate the same territory will appreciate this chance to narratively explore some of its troubling regions.”