Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

Title: Something, Maybe
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Hardcover, 217 pages
Date Published: March 24, 2009

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
Everyone thinks their parents are embarrassing, but Hannah knows she's got them all beat. Her dad made a fortune showing pretty girls--and his "party" lifestyle--all over the Internet, and her mom, who was once one of her dad's girlfriends, is now the star of her own website. After getting the wrong kind of attention for far too long, Hannah has learned how to stay out of sight...and that's how she likes it.

Of course, being unknown isn't helping her get noticed by gorgeous, confident Josh, who Hannah knows is her soul mate. Between trying to figure out a way to get him to notice her, dealing with her parents, and wondering why she can't stop thinking about another guy, Finn, Hannah feels like she's going crazy. She's determined to make things work out the way she wants....only what she wants may not be what she needs.

Hannah is the perpetual wallflower. Her dad is Jackson James, a Hugh Heffneresque playboy and her mom is Candy Madison, one of his former ‘special girls’ who now makes a living taking it off for her website subscribers. Hannah lives with being the ‘love child’ of a former star, but tries to hide from the insults and laughter at school. She sticks out like a sore thumb in her small town, but still does everything in her power to blend in. In reality, she wants what every teenager wants: her mom to not embarrass her and guy to notice her. It would be nice if gorgeous, poetry-writing Josh would be that guy, but he just seems to want to confuse her. Which is exactly what the adorably goofy Finn does. Hannah is confused; about her family, about life, and, certainly, about love.

Something, Maybe is romantic, sweet, chick-lit. I usually don’t like chick-lit. At all. But I absolutely loved this. Elizabeth Scott does a fantastic job making a teen love story not boring. It is predictable at times, but Hannah’s strange family and the humor in it makes up for it. The story is sweet, while maintaining a deeper, more emotional aspect through Hannah’s disjointed family. The little love triangle between Josh-Hannah-Finn was well-written and it’s easy to see why Hannah is caught between poetry-writing Josh and goofy Finn, but I was pulled to one side right from the beginning. Hannah is a realistic character that has a different kind of family, but her insecurities are more than easy to relate to.

Something, Maybe is sweet and romantic, but will still affect you on an emotional level. Hannah’s relationships are such a strong point in this book and Scott did a fabulous job weaving this story. This is the first book of Elizabeth Scott’s that I have read, but I’ll be sure to read more in the future. Make sure you pick this one up. It’s a quick read that left me with a big smile.

Opening line: Everyone’s seen my mother naked.

Favorite line(s): Love is about little things, like being told to put on your seat belt when you get in the car, or a kiss on your forehead as you pass through the room. A gentle squeeze of your hand when you’re crying after hearing that everything you know is going to end.


robby (once upon a book blog/fourteen years) said...

Love Elizabeth Scott. Loved this book. :]

A Life Bound By Books said...

Thanks so much for the great review. Another book that's at the top of my wishlist. :o)

misskallie2000 said...

Hannah knows who and what she wants and goes for it. Sweet romance for young lovers.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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