Would You

Would You

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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, Natalie, her parents, and their friends wait to learn if Claire will ever recover.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739380093
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Age Range: 13 - 16 Years

About the Author

Marthe Jocelyn is an award-winning author and illustrator who worked for many years as a toy designer before turning her hand to writing. Her picture book, Hannah’s Collections, was short-listed for a Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration. Her novel Mable Riley won the first TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. She has created eight picture books, four original board books, written seven novels, one work of nonfiction for older readers, and edited two collections of short stories.

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A Question
Would you rather know what's going to happen? Or not know?

Getting Ready
"When did you become so sunny?" I ask. "You're in this perpetual good mood. Have you seen my other green flip-flop?"
Claire laughs. "I feel like . . . I feel like there's promise." She kicks my flip-flop out from under a heap of clothes on the floor. "It's summer. But that isn't even the best of it. I'm going to college in what, seven weeks?"
"Don't remind me. Abandoning me to face eleventh grade without your protection. Stranding me with Mom and Dad."
"Aw, Nat, don't worry." She comes over and slides her arm across my back. "You'll come for weekends sometimes. It'll be great."
"Great for you." When I think about Claire leaving,
I want to throw up. We've been sharing a room since I was born. How can our life be reduced to occasional weekends?
"I have this roar in my head," she says. "Of . . . of anticipation. That it's all just starting. Stuff I don't even know about."
"Could you be any more corny?"
She ignores me, putting on mascara. They should use her eyelashes to advertise mascara.
"Where are you going tonight?" I ask.
"Movies. With Joe-boy and Kate and Mark."
"Did you fix things with Kate?"
"As long as I ignore her massive flirtation with Joe, and her relentless need to be more attractive than I am, she's the best and we're tight. Where are you going tonight?"
"Nowhere," I say. "There's nothing to do here. Summer just started and it's already boring. And so effing hot. I'll just meet everybody, I guess."
"Mwa," she says, kissing air as she grabs her bag.
"Mwa back."

Ding-Dong
They're already there when I get to the Ding-Dong, except Zack, who doesn't finish at the DQ till nine. Audrey looks pissed off, but she's still on duty. It bites to wait on your friends.
"French fries," I tell her. "Gravy on the side."
Leila is scrunched in the corner of the booth with her feet up on the seat, no matter how many times Audrey tells her, Get your stinking feet off the seat, I'll get fired if my friends mess up in here.
I slide in next to Carson. He's building a log cabin out of toothpicks. "Hey."
"Hey," they say.
Leila is filing her thumbnail with her teeth. Audrey sets down the fries, gravy poured over.
"Does the phrase on the side mean anything to you?"
"He wasn't listening. Just eat them, okay? Really."
"I hate using a fork for French fries," I remind her. "I like dipping."
"Get over it," says Audrey.
"They're good tonight." Carson pinches a fry. "They don't taste like cigarette butts."
"Would you rather have French fries swimming in gravy or no gravy again for the rest of your life?" says Leila, picking up her fork.
"Lame," says Carson.
"You do better." Leila flicks a crumb at his toothpick masterpiece.
"Mmmm, the point is to have options that are not options. The point is to repulse."
"Not necessarily," I say. "Moral challenge is good."
"Gravy counts as moral challenge?"

Some Good Ones from Before
Would you rather eat a rat with the fur still on or eat sewage straight from the pipe?
Would you rather have your father sing at the supermarket or your mother fart in the principal's office?
Would you rather be a murderer who gets away with it and has to live with the guilt or someone who is kidnapped by a wacko and doesn't have the courage to kill the kidnapper?
Would you rather lose all your hair or all your teeth?
Would you rather have a piece of rice permanently attached to your lip or a fly always buzzing around your head?
Would you rather be so fat you need a wheelchair to get around or so skinny your bones snap if someone bumps into you?
Would you rather die or have everyone else die?

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Would You 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recomend 6th grade and up, it mentions sex and says bad words so a mature reader should read it, one who woult laugh at bad language other than that sooooooo good READ IT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was 13 when i got it brom obe library, read it in one night. It's one of those books you can't just check out again, you gotta buy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i think it sounds good but,some people said it had sex and cussing but im allowed to read books like that,Im trusted and in 4th grade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Its an amazing book.
Deedledee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Natalie and her friends play a game called Would You; ¿Would you rather have your father sing at the supermarket or your mother fart in the principle¿s office¿ (p.5). When the unexpected happens, her sister Claire is hit by a car, the game turns more serious; teenagers trying to come to terms with a serious accident and help their friend in her time of need. This Young Adult novel is short (165 pages), small (pocket sized) and the action starts pretty quickly. Generally the equation used to appeal to a reluctant reader.
EvelynBernard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I read this book, I thought it really captured the way teenagers spoke and acted. Natalie's family went through an unbelievable tragedy - the perspective is from the point of view of the teenage daughter. The whole way of telling this story rang true for me. However, I wanted to see what someone who is about the same age as the narrator thought of the book - so I passed it along to my 14 year old niece. She agreed with me.The ending is not "happily ever after" - some might find it depressing - however, life is not always perfect and it's how situations are dealt with that makes for a good story.Overall, I thought this is a good book and worth the time spent reading it. My niece asked whether Ms. Jocelyn has written other books - a pretty fair endorsement!
laVermeer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Until we are forced to face tragedy, we cannot know how we will respond. In Would You, Natalie must cope with her sister Claire's critical accident.This is overall a gentle book, but it is occasionally unflinching. It is never gratuitous ¿ in many ways, it reminded me of an older generation of YA novels ¿ but the characters are far from ideal and their details feel authentic. Some of the characters are types, there simply to advance the story, but the important figures are nicely portrayed. In particular, Natalie, the narrator, is complex and identifiable. Some of her observations are cringe-inducing, but they add to our sense of a living, growing, sometimes-contradictory personality. Throughout the text, the author has introduced some very clear moral messages, however.The structure of this book makes it accessible to a range of readers. The novel can be read straight through or broken into a series of short sittings. It's appropriate for ages 12 and up.
red_dianthus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a realistic and unflinching look at grief. Although Natalie is still young she is forced to try to find her way through issues of loss and grief. The feeling of being over whelmed and the confusion on what to do, and what is expected of you when blindsided with horrible circumstances ring true. their is no sugary sweet ending, or huge moment of sudden understanding and maturity. Like life the character goes through the pain, come out the other side slightly changed and continues on her journey.
FinnyB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Would You is quite a decent YA novel, dealing with a tough topic in a very realistic manner. It is not saccharine-sweet, and does not pull any punches. There are no happy endings, but at the same time Marthe Jocelyn manages to create characters who do not just stagnate in their gloom and doom. They do grow, sometimes going one step back and two forward, and sometimes two steps back and one forward, much the way real people do. Definitely a book I will be reading again.
mountie9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 youngstersNot so Good Stuff¿ Should come with a warning not to read the sad stuff while on a bus. The sniffing made people stare at me like I was some kind of freak (heartless creatures)¿ The break of each chapter was a little distracting for me, but I imagine it won't bother the teens¿ Way too short, not enough development of character. Think if the story was longer if would be more enjoyable. Than again I am writing from the point of a 40 year old women not a teenWhat I Learned¿ Always tell those you love that you care, because you never know what will happenFavorite Quotes/PassagesWhat is the deal with old women and facial hair? I know it's some function of aging and not producing estrogen and blah blah blah, but these old dames at the hospital, they've got nasty spiky hairs growing out of their chiny-chin-chinsBut there never is only one broken personAnd where are you going to find twenty or thirty girls whose last wishes include having sex with Carson Jefferson -- where are you going to find oneWho Should Read¿ Teens will adore this
WillowOne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The description looked good and sometimes I get away with reading youth material, but this time it was very noticeable. The book is definitely not meant for the older reader. Both in content and the way the book is written are steered for the youth/teen market. I was able to finish the book in 2 hours. It was a good story about an accident and how it effected the lives of the family. The book is written from the perspective of a 15 year old girl named Natalie.
Kira on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty good, but nothing out of the ordinary. After I read it I felt it had some striking similarities to My Sister's Keeper, but was a lot shallower which was a bit of a disappointment. Nonetheless, if you like this genre of books you probably will be content enough to read this book even if it's nothing particularly deep. I enjoyed reading it and read it quickly, it just probably won't stay in my mind making me think about it afterwards, as other tragic teen sister novels like My Sister' Keeper have.
ericajsc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To be honest, this book would not have been on my radar were it not one of the Sequoyah nominated books. It¿s a decent story about a family dealing with tragedy, but it doesn¿t pack quite the punch that other books tackling this subject do.Claire and Natalie¿s sibling relationship is completely believable. They aren¿t the best of friends, but neither are they at each other¿s throats all the time. Natalie has trusted Claire with some big secrets, just as Claire has trusted Natalie, but of course they have secrets from each other, too. When Claire¿s accident happens, Natalie is at a loss for how to live without the sister she¿s always known.I¿m not sure if it¿s that the book is so short or if it¿s just because it is so focused on Natalie¿s life in the days following the accident, but the characters lacked depth. I could empathize with the situation, but it didn¿t feel very personal. The strong points of the book are the times when Natalie sits with Claire at the hospital and talks with her, reminiscing or expressing her sadness at the situation. Maybe it was the change in the narrative ¿ from first-person present to second-person present ¿ but in those visits I felt more of a connection with Natalie than at any other time.This was a quick read for me, and the organization of the story made it easy for me to keep reading. While it does a good job of telling what a family might experience in a situation like this, it didn¿t have a strong emotional impact.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Natalie is the younger sister of beautiful, wonderful Claire, and is the narrator of the story. I won't ruin it by describing the plot, but I will say that this book is basically a stream of consciousness from Natalie as she deals with what she has to deal with. Although I do not enjoy these kinds of books, I do have to admit that I found Natalie's character wholly and completely convincing, and imagine that is exactly how one might behave in a similar situation. I don't think I'd read another book by this author, but girls who like sad stories and are not big readers might enjoy it since the font is large, and the book can be read easily in one sitting.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Natalie was all set to spend the summer pool-hopping with her friends and whispering secrets to her sister Claire. It was Claire's last summer at home. She'd be heading off to college in the fall. But when Claire is hit by a car, Natalie's whole world changes. Would you rather die or live with terrible brain damage? Would you rather your sister die or live with terrible brain damage? What if you don't get a choice? Jocelyn's writing really puts you there. I felt like I was running right alongside Nat and her friends, exultant in the possibilities of a summer spent with great friends. Nat's tragedy became my tragedy, too. Recommended for fans of sad books.
Nitestar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First I have to say that I love the cover of this book. Once you have read the storyline, you will understand about the cover - which, in my opinion, has two meanings.This YA book starts off with the "Would you" game. Natalie and some of her friends get together and play this game of "would you". I have to say that I had never heard of this before (I guess it was a little after my time as a YA) and that some of the questions (and answers) were pretty disgusting. Yet, I thought it was an interesting way to start a book - throughout the various answers to varied questions sprinkled in the book, you also get some insight into the minds of these teenagers.The other interesting thing these kids do is pool-hopping, which, frankly, I don't see the point in, but it is an integral part of the story. Basically, these YA are all just doing their thing (with a surprising minimal (read: none) amount of drunks, boozing, etc.).Yet, you know somehow, behind the under-current of the words that there is a countdown of some type going on - and when it occurs - its a biggie. Natalie is called home one night to be told that her sister (and best friend) Claire, who was weeks away from leaving for college has been hit by a car and is in a coma.From this point, Natalie's life takes a dramatic change - gone are the joys of being young and free. Natalie is brought to her sister's bed and after some time, her family is told that there is nothing they can do for Claire - that she is brain dead and being kept alive by machines.Natalie feels lost and cannot turn to anybody. Her mother is hysterical and her dad is being stoic "for the family". The most revealing parts of Natalie are spent when she is alone or when is alone talking to her sister. I loved the way the author wrote about Natalie's fears (for herself, for her family and for Claire). She managed to honnestly express many feelings that needed to be surfaced - without making Natalie sound whiny or annoying. I also loved the way the author brought all of Natalie's friends in, in various ways, as a support system for Natalie.Finally, there is the love that Natalie (and the resentment) feels for her sister. How could Claire let this happen? Finally, a decision must be made and this was one of the saddest chapters I have ever read. I had a clear vision, in my mind, of what Claire looked like lying in that bed - it was all very, very sad.At the same time, Natalie finds strength in the end.This is not a "light,witty read" be warned - but it is a story that needed to be told.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi my name is Sasha and i want to try out. I am 12 years old and very flexible. Hope you consider me to be on your team!!!!!!! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey everyone, it's Mallory. So far, I have around 10 cheerleaders who want to try out for my team. So, if you are one of those cheerleaders, I will mention your name in an update soon. Thanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi im Mya Hunter, age 13 and cheer is my passion. I have been in northwest silver stars but i couldnt afford the rest of this season so i had to quit. I have bonde hair and blue eyes. I have a great sense of humor and everyone around me is always in a good mood. I dont like to be on peoples teams who are going to rude, because all cheerleaders should be treated equal. An its okay to be upset at someone but honestly... cheerleaders are supposed to be rolemodels. If your gonna treat people rude... thats a little unfair... isnt it? Sorry Mallory... but yeah thats my info ~Mya
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi... my name is Kieara Brooklyn Hites. I cheer for W.C.H. I am 13 years old going to be 14 in November. I have dirty blonde hair and I have brownish greenish eyes. I have tan skin and I am in 7th grade. Yes I am popular and I cheer for basketball and cheerleading. My besties are Abby, Massie, Kimberly, Ji'kaliah. We are all a click and we are called Dimonds. I am rich but none of my friends now except for the ones I said are my besties. Thats all about me. ~~~Kay(People call me Kay for short.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey! I am hailey cooper. I cheer for my school which is dresden middle soon to be dresden high in august! Im 14 and going to be 15 in July on the 3 i was born at 11:59 just one minute away from being a freedom baby. I have blonde almost white hair with baby blue eyes almost everybody likes me and i also do softball you know besides cheerleading:) well hope i make thos team too:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where is the cheerleader camp taking place?-confused
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im Ashley Greene and im 17.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi my name ie alexis and im 11 ill be 12 sept.the 8 im in 5th grade i live in perry fl and i cheer for point of grace chrstion school i was cheer captian on my cheerleading team i was the one who made up cheers and im willing to do it over the summer we should get some football players and we should have games to cheer at and uniforms. When does it start though? Thanks-alexis