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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Absolutely Maybe Roundtable

Since Lisa Yee's ABSOLUTELY MAYBE is the featured read over at readergirlz this month, I got together with Little Willow and HipWriterMama to discuss Maybe's journey, crazy names, taco trucks, and best friends. Here's a sneak peek of our discussion:

Little Willow: Maybe's full name is Maybelline Mary Katherine Mary Ann Chestnut, "named for two Miss Americas and her mother Chessy's favorite brand of mascara." Do you think her name suited her?

HipWriterMama: The name tells us so much about Maybe's mother, Chessy, and her dreams for her daughter. Does it suit Maybe? Not in the beginning. But, as the story develops, Maybe starts to grow into her name and develops poise and optimism.
Little Willow: The saying for the mascara brand Maybelline is: "Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's Maybelline." I suppose you could say about our protagonist, "Maybe, she's born with it. Maybe, she's Maybelline." If you had her name, what would you go by?
Holly Cupala: I think Maybe is a perfect name, very much suited to her character and dilemma. Me...I think I might have gone by May, though perhaps that's prejudice because I have a character named May (next book). Other variations: Bella, Lina... Lina is pretty, too. Although Maybe is infused with possibilities - and hope.

HWM: At first, I wasn't sure about the name Maybe, but it speaks volumes on what Maybe thought of herself. I'm with Holly...Lina is a pretty name.
Little Willow: I like the sound of Lina. I've known some Lenas and Melinas, but never a Lina. I think that Maybe's nickname fits her well. What name do you think her mom would have given a son?
HWM: Tough question, LW! Maybe a combination of some designer or actor names?

Little Willow: James Dean Rock Hudson Chesnut, perhaps?
Holly Cupala: Ha, Little Willow - I was going to say Dylan James Dean Hilton!

Little Willow: Maybe is not the only person with an interesting name in this book; there's also Hollywood and Thammasat Tantipinichwong Schneider, also known as Tad. Out of all of Maybe's friends, who was your favorite? Why?

Read the rest at Little Willow's blog!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for being a part of the roundtable, Holly! I'm behind on emails due to my crazy-busy schedule this week, but I will catch up with you this weekend!! :)