Say You Will by Eric WaltersSay You Will by Eric Walters

Say You Will

byEric Walters

Paperback | May 19, 2015

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A funny, heartfelt novel about one high school boy's quest for a prom date, perfectly timed for the surge in realistic YA.
     Sam is not exactly what you'd call a regular guy: while his IQ is stratospheric, his social skills don't quite rank as high, and his dating history: well, there's no history to speak of . . . yet. But Sam has set out to finally fit in. He's resolved to get some answers wrong in class; to stop getting perfect marks on his assignments; to get to know some people other than Ian and Brooke, his two closest (okay, only) friends--and find himself a prom date. And the prom is on everyone's mind: Sam's school has become swept up by promposals--in other words, very elaborate, very public scenes in which someone is asked to the prom. Sam thinks he might have found the inspiration he needs to ask the girl dreams out for a perfect night at the prom--as well as the unforgettable way to do it.
ERIC WALTERS is one of Canada's most popular and prolific authors for young readers. He has published more than 60 books, and has been honoured with near-countless awards. A non-stop promoter and visiting school speaker, Eric lives in Toronto, Canada.
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Title:Say You WillFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.53 × 0.57 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.53 × 0.57 inPublished:May 19, 2015Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385684789

ISBN - 13:9780385684781

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Pass-Time Read This is a really cute pass time read. Sweet story, likeable characters. Great for a car trip or for teenagers trying to get into romantic YA. However the cover does get it confused often with The Rosie Project.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from very quick read If you're for someting short, funny and adorable this is the perfect book. The book is a very short but sweet read and I def reccomend it.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet and Super Cute I bought this book over a year ago and have read it multiple times. The two characters fall in love and it is just too cute. Definitely recommend reading this as I love it and I think you will too! :)
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from short and sweet I am a sucker for any sweet classic highschool scenario a book brings to life for me. This was no exception. Great read, excluding the modern references to pop culture... not my cup of tea when I read that the characters were dancing to Happy by Pharrell. But otherwise, would recommend if looking for a quick read and cute story.
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute read! A sweet high school short read that was a little predictable but still quite adorable with the story
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Short read but is really cute!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! It was such a cute book and good read!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This was a very sweet story. It's a nice point of view on the whole idea of promposals and to see a different version of it.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Great book. Made my excited for high school. It is a sweet and caring book about friendship.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short Read This was a sweet and short novel to read. I easily grabbed this while I was stressed from exams, and it gave me a nice breather and helped me relax. If you want a fast read, this novel will be good.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute & Sweet With prom season approaching, Eric Walters' Say You Will is the latest YA contemporary novel to get you excited about everything related to prom! I've come to expect Eric Walters' books to be more focused on generating interest in heavier social issues, so I was pleasantly surprised that his new novel was about a lighter subject. Say You Will definitely encourages you to get into the prom spirit! Sam is the smartest student in his grade, but he can be totally socially awkward. Sometimes he just doesn't know the right words to say in a conversation, especially when his vast knowledge of random facts and trivia make him stand out amongst his peers. So now he's resolved to fit in better his junior year by dressing more casually and making a few mistakes in class instead of scoring the perfect marks that he normally easily achieves. When a football player asks one of the most popular girls in school to be his prom date, Sam's school is swept into promposal fever. Who will be asked next to prom? And how much personal effort will they put into their promposal? As the promposals become more and more elaborate, Sam becomes determined to make one of his own to the girl of his dreams, and he'll need the help of his two best friends, Ian and Brooke, to make it possible. While I don't remember any promposals during my own high school days ever having the potential to go viral online, it made Say You Will all the more amusing and entertaining to read. There's a mix of nervousness and anticipation in asking anyone out on a date, and always a chance of feeling embarrassed or humiliated if their response is negative, especially if it's done in a very public way. Sam hopes his promposal will be a success, but he's not all too confident that the girl he likes will agree to be his date. He only knows he'll regret it if he doesn't at least try, and the amount of thought he puts into his promposal is just so sweet! I wish Say You Will was a little longer though, because at just under 200 pages, the novel is on the short side for a fast reader like me. I really did enjoy Say You Will, but I think it needed some more drama and conflict to make me fall in love with the book. I was never really worried or doubtful that Sam wouldn't win over his dream girl since he never seemed to face any setbacks, but I did remain ever curious to know what form his promposal would take!
Date published: 2015-07-02

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The bell rang, and instantly books were slammed shut and people started to get to their feet.“Everybody sit down!” Mrs. Tanner yelled out.The noise lessened but didn’t stop.She moved over to the door and took up a position directly in front of it. Nobody was leaving without going through her, and while she wasn’t big, she was formidable. Nothing short of a truck was going to move her out of the way.I slumped down into my seat. I knew this teacher well enough to understand that she wasn’t going to be letting anybody out until she was good and ready.“I’ve got all day!” she said. “Or at least all lunch period, so talk as long and as loudly as you want.”Kids shushed each other until the last people sat back down and closed their mouths.“Just because the bell rings, that doesn’t mean I’m ready to dismiss you. You so-called intelligent young people are acting more like Pavlov’s dogs,” Mrs. Tanner said.“Are you calling us dogs, Mrs. Tanner?” Taylor asked with a playful smile.Taylor—head cheerleader, perfect hair, perfect skin, perfect clothing, perfect everything else—was as far away from a dog as you could possibly imagine. Although, if she were a dog, I could see her as a well-coiffed white poodle wearing a sparkling, bejewelled collar.“Of course I’m not calling any of you dogs. I have great respect for dogs. I’m referring to Pavlov and his famous experiment involving canines, bells, and salivation. A discussion of Pavlov certainly isn’t out of place in a sociology course.”“Still not getting you,” Taylor said, and there was supportive head-shaking and a chorus of murmured agreement.“Nobody here knows about Pavlov and his dogs?” Mrs. Tanner asked.Those paying attention just shook their heads, while the others were much more interested in the door, the clock, their pending lunch, and the grumbling in their stomachs. Or they were simply too busy looking at Taylor. That wasn’t unusual. Girls stared at her to find out how to act or what to wear, while guys just plain stared at her, often with eyes and mouths wide open. Personally, I often looked at the people looking at her instead. That girl could cause guys to walk into each other, or into open lockers or closed doors, or trip and stumble up or down stairs.Before this semester, Taylor had really been somebody I only knew of rather than knew. I guess everybody in the school knew who she was, but I’d never even thought of talking to her. That changed when we were partnered up for a project in Mrs. Tanner’s class. We ended up spending a lot of time after school, mostly in the library, working together. She really wasnice, and she was pretty smart, and she laughed at my stupid jokes and made me feel comfortable. I didn’t get that feeling around most people. To top it off, we got a 97 on the assignment.In the back of my mind I assumed that once the project was finished we’d be finished. But instead, she kept going out of her way to talk to me, or just say hello, and not just in class but around the school. I got the feeling that we’d really become friends. I liked that. Watching Taylor—and people in general—was for me more than just idle curiosity. It was part of my ongoing quest to figure people out. Sometimes human interaction left me a bit confused. Sometimes it left me a lot confused. But I was working at it. That was part of my high school journey: to try to figure people out, and by doing so to become more like them, and, I guess, less like me.