Need a fun, lighthearted feel good book to curl up with? Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott is that book. Something, Maybe is nothing like the only other book I’ve read by Scott: Living Dead Girl. Which I think is a mark of a truly talented writer. Whereas Living Dead Girl is dark, gritty, and downright evil, Something, Maybe is laugh out loud funny, engaging, embarrassing, and very sweet. Hannah is the only daughter of her famous and wealthy playboy father. She lives with her now single mother, the only one of her father’s girlfriends to have a baby, who now makes her living chatting on her own website. An unusual lifestyle to say the least.
Hannah’s stepfather has just passed away and they have moved to a new town where she likes to be as invisible as possible. Where her mother runs around practically naked, Hannah wears her stepfathers old flannel button up shirts and never takes her hair out of a ponytail. My husband and I were discussing the book cover (because YES, he’s halfway through reading the book himself, which I find oddly funny) and the girl on the cover is NOTHING like Hannah. While I don’t think it’s a fair representation of Hannah’s character, it does portray the “feel” of the book.
Hannah works at the BurgerTown call center (!) and takes drive through orders for restaurants miles away. She’s in love with her co-worker Josh who cares about “things,” writes poetry, goes to coffee shops to discuss politics and social issues, is gorgeous with black hair and deep brown hair and hair that lays just right. The only problem is that Josh doesn’t date girls like Hannah. Actually, he dates girls that look like the book cover. While Hannah is trying to work up the courage to ask Josh out on a date, her other co-worker Finn won’t stop talking to her and she finds him really annoying.
What seemingly seems like a simple love triangle book isn’t. Hannah must come to terms with her past history with her father, especially as he invites her to the mansion for a weekend visit after years of being away. Hannah hasn’t seen her famous father for years and when he promises to turn the camera’s for his popular reality show off when she arrives, she’s not sure she can really trust him.
A fun read that I enjoyed escaping into that teens will love for it’s wacky but very real characters. I enjoyed rooting for the underdog love interest.
Links of interest: Elizabeth Scott website, Maw Books review of Living Dead Girl.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Simon Pulse. March 24, 2009
Hardcover 224 pages. ISBN 1416978658
Source: Review copy
Something, Maybe is available from your favorite independent bookstore, Powell’s, and Amazon.