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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.
"The best love story I've read in ages." -- Sarah Dessen, bestselling author of Lock and Key and Just Listen
"Scott returns to teen romance, populating this one with a pair of unusually noteworthy parents. It's been five years since 17-year-old Hannah has had any contact with her father, a Hugh Hefner manque in his 70s who has a reality TV show and Web site that chronicles his comings and goings with his "special girls." Hannah's mother, one of those "girls" before Hannah's birth, now runs a Web site that features her in live chat wearing only lingerie. Although Hannah strives for invisibility, she finds herself attracting attention from two male classmates and co-workers at her afterschool job...Scott's spot-on dialogue and deft feel for teen angst will keep them entertained. The unusual family dynamics allow the author to explore familiar themes from a fresh angle. This is a satisfying, romantic coming-of-age story." -- Publishers Weekly
"Quiet-yet-sassy Hannah finds herself crushing on two boys: sensitive, gorgeous, perfect Josh and awkward, funny Finn. Which boy to choose, however, becomes the least of Hannah's problems when her dad calls in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. Through crushes and fights, Hannah comes to a deeper understanding of what it means to love. Hannah is neither too witty nor too empty but nicely normal, and Scott shows an understanding of the many stages of teen romance, from infatuation to breakup. This classic girl-meets-boys story will capture the whole spectrum of girl romance readers." -- Kirkus
"The pleasure of this kind of romance lies in the journey...and Scott surefootedly takes her story through its classic paces. Readers will derive additional glossy pleasure from the famous-father element, especially as it turns out that Jackson really wants Hannah for reality-show ratings more than anything else. That's not just a story detour, though, as Hannah's own romantic reticence is clearly a reaction to her parents' very pubic lives and it's utterly understandable that she finds dating even more confusing than the average teenager even as she's assumed to have knowledge beyond her age." -- The Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books
"I don't know how Elizabeth Scott does it, but she continues to amaze me with every book. Can I just bottle some of her talent, please? Something, Maybe is the perfect love story, but it's not just a romance. It's a story about loss, family, acceptance, and forgiveness. It goes beyond what a light romance typically does without feeling like a heavy issue book. How Elizabeth Scott pulls all this off is what makes reading this book so much fun. The most amazing thing to me is that I was totally drawn in to Hannah's world. When Hannah felt frustrated with her father, I felt frustrated. When she was upset, I was upset, and when she was happy I cheered with her. I really emotionally connected with the story and the characters, which made this one such a rewarding read. And Finn....sigh....I love Finn. If you haven't picked this one up yet, put it to the top of your reading pile now! Something, Maybe is my new must-have book for summer reading."-- Teensreadtoo.com, Gold Star Award for Excellence
"Scott's portrayal of Hannah's situation is subtle and convincing. Readers will understand without being told that Hannah and her mother love one another, but that Hannah is as much parents as she is child...teen girls will enjoy it." -- School Library Journal
"The novel equally focuses on the developing relationships (romantic) in her life--Josh and Finn--and on her own topsy-turvy relationship with her parents. Hannah has a good amount of angst: she's still grieving the death of her stepdad Jose; still bitter over how her last visit with her dad ended; still hurt that he hasn't tried to contact her in around five years; embarrassed over her mother's lack of clothes; and frustrated that her mom won't talk about Jose even after all these years; she feels alone. ALONE. Alone and misunderstood. I loved her increasing vulnerability, her willingness to finally be open and true to herself, to life, to love...It's a romance, yes, but it has heart and soul too." -- Becky's Book Reviews
"Note to publishers: To survive February and March in New England, I require more books like this...Something, Maybe begins: "Everyone's seen my mother naked." I was hooked from there, and I can't imagine not being hooked from there, but in case that isn't doing it for you, here's a bit more info...
Hannah is the daughter of Candy Madison, former sitcom star and current minor internet celebrity, and Jackson James, a Hugh Hefner-type who stars in a reality show about his life of debauchery and excess. For obvious reasons, Hannah has spent the last four years of her life trying to stay under the radar at her high school. She hasn't spoken to her father in four years. She never brings her friend (yes, friend singular) home because her mother is always wandering around in lingerie between video chats. Her soulmate co-worker doesn't know he's her soulmate. And Finn, her other co-worker, is obnoxious.
Okay, you know what? I'm having a very difficult time writing this, because all I really want to say is this: FINN!! FIIIINNNNNN!!
Finn is currently at the top of literary crush list. He's like, everything awesome rolled into one adorable package. I can't even handle how much I adore him. He's hilarious and sneakily protective and sweet and romantic without being cheesy and genuine and did I already say adorable? Yes. Yes, I did. But trust me, he earned his multi-adorable rating.
Something, Maybe was a perfect ice storm read the first time around and a perfect snow day read the second time around. It's a sweet little love story, but also a good story about grief, learning to see your parents as people, and acceptance of the fact that people are what they are. While Hannah's love story is bliss, her mother's is bittersweet. So, very briefly, this book is pure comfort." -- Bookshelves of Doom
"In fact, if anything, this book made me feel weightless. Plot, voice, characters--they were all a thrill. And the best thing is that it's not just a romance, as the official description leads one to believe. Once again, Elizabeth Scott delivers." -- Reviewer X
"I love Elizabeth Scott--she is one powerhouse of an author, and her stories are all so sweet and real...Scott takes what is a very much a repeated lesson in YA literature and gives it new life with her unique plot line and her trademark heartfelt storytelling. Hannah is a strong, intelligent, and no-nonsense character, yet her inability to see some truths makes her an endearing and convincing character, if not frustrating at times. The family dynamics in Something, Maybe are certainly unique and quite interesting to read about and observe; they are sometimes humorous, and at the same time sorrowful to witness as Hannah is put into an unenviable position of understanding and dealing with her father's distracted and detached love for her. Scott's talent for dealing with love, loss, family, and relationships in a wholly sincere way without being cliche is once again present in Something, Maybe, making her latest an enjoyable and sweet book that is the perfect pick-me-up." -- The Compulsive Reader
"I just love Elizabeth Scott, and this book just throws more fuel on the fire of my love...Hannah has perfected the art of Being Nobody. She slips quietly through her high school classes, hair pulled back in a ponytail, body disguised by baggy jeans and huge shirts, mouth generally closed. It's a little different at her job at a BurgerTown call center, where she takes fast food orders alongside Finn, a smartmouthed football player who's teammates with some of Hannah's biggest tormentors, and Josh, a worldly literary activist-type who's the subject of Hannah's fierce crush. Here she can at least exchange barbs with Finn, even if trying to talk to Josh still leaves her tongue-tied. So her job and her friendship with Teagan, a 19 year old college student who returned home to help her sick mom, keep her from fading entirely into obscurity. Candy helps with this too, of course, but in all the wrong ways. It's hard not to be noticed when your mom's wearing skintight miniskirts and half-tops to the grocery store. And suddenly Jackson's calling, trying to re-establish a relationship. And what's going on with her and Finn, anyway? It's JOSH that she has a crush on.
Watching Hannah manuever through the roadblocks of her various relationships is one of the best times I've had in ages. And the cringe-inducing scenes with her parents make for some of the best YA writing I've ever seen. Scott excels at this--I cringed off and on all through PERFECT YOU as well. It's rare that a book actually makes me want to writhe in my seat out of embarrassment for the characters. Underneath the cringing and the funny, though, is a lot of deep, raw emotion whose truth rings clear. I think it's only a matter of time before Scott's spending some time every weekend dusting off her Printz award." -- Kidliterate
" Once again, Scott accomplishes what she does best -- conjuring up a boatload of sticky situations and allowing her characters to dive right in. Sure, they make a mess of things in the beginning, but it's a pleasure to watch them fumble, then get through it. Her characters aren't perfect, but neither are her readers, and that's what makes this novel such a worthwhile read."-- teenreads.com
"I think Something Maybe is my favorite of hers so far. I loved it!...I love all the supporting characters -- Hannah's mom flirting with guys on the internet to pay the bills, Hannah's dad who only invites her to visit him when his reality show ratings are down. Finn, her annoying coworker who is totally into her (although Hannah has no idea). Teagan, her best friend who left fashion school to move back home and take care of her mom. And just as much as I love all the supporting characters, I love Hannah's voice. It's funny and a little sarcastic and... well, see for yourself." -- Abby The Librarian
"Like so many of you, I became a fan of Elizabeth Scott when I read Bloom. Her books are a nice mix of real life issues and odd scenarios. In Something, Maybe, Hannah wants what most of us want at some point in our lives -- to not be noticed. I sympathized with her attempts at invisibility (big, baggy clothes and no make-up) and I laughed over her secret fear that she might turn into her parents and suddenly want to rip a guy's clothes off. Family issues are also often at the heart of Scott's books. No family is perfect, especially Hannah's, but we all have to reconcile how we fit into our family's tapestry...Hannah's discoveries are heartfelt and poignant. " -- Em's Bookshelf
"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." -- Maw Books Blog
"Right off the bat the book was funny and engaging, it felt like my best friend wrote it, someone with my same sense of humor. I found myself giggling and laughing and possibly even snorting once or twice when reading this book. It was a lot of fun but also had a more serious and emotional side. The humor was found in all sorts of places from the fact that Hannah works at a call center for BurgerTown (what?!?!?!) with two boys from her high school, one who she has a massive crush on and the other one that annoys the heck out of her. And that basically she has someone not unlike Hugh Hefner for a father. Just a great set-up for a book. While her family situation is humorous (old playboy dad with lots of girlfriends and a mother that used to be one of them and now has her own internet show) it's also the source for the more serious emotional stuff in the book. Hannah hasn't seen her father in about 5 years and gets made fun of at school because of her family. There is a lot of stuff going on here. My favorite part, of course, was the love triangle that forms between Hannah and her co-workers Josh and Finn...I thought this was a funny, engaging and sweet book" -- Pop Culture Junkie
"As soon as I started reading this book I was hooked. Hannah's voice captivated me from the start, as well as the story line. I loved the unusual family dynamics that were displayed. It was a highly used theme--embarrassing parents--but it was crafted in a totally new angle. I loved it." -- The Story Siren
"Scott is by far one of my favorite teen romance authors because of the skill and passion shown by her writing, and Something, Maybe is definitely up to par. I love how Scott places her protagonists in such unique situations that make her stories so moving, emotional, and memorable." -- The Book Muncher
"I've been trying to find the exact words to fully describe this novel when I realised that it's already there, on the book jacket.
Once again, Elizabeth Scott has created a world so painfully funny and a cast of characters so heartbreakingly real that you'll love being a part of it from unexpected start to triumphant finish.
That is true, indeed. Her originality makes you want to read it more of it, until you don't realise that you are actually at school, sitting right in front of the teacher whose babbling about Indices and Logarithms. Trust me, I know. I was smiling so happily when I read 'that certain part' the teacher came and asked "why are you so happy that the homework is due the next day?" (I was hiding the book under my table).
I wanted to read this one since I read the excerpt at the back of Perfect You. Hannah is someone I can relate to, not for her parents (obviously) but because the way she hides herself in oversized clothes. Okay okay. That's not entirely true, but I really prefer wearing oversized clothes because then people would be staring at me for my big clothes and not for who I am. You know what I mean? No? Okay, this is turning up to be a body image post. Back to the review. I've only recently realize that I really really really love how Elizabeth Scott writes. Her words are so relaxing that you don't find yourself rushing through the book but still so eager to know what happens. I love the present tense she writes in instead of the usual past tense. It makes it more real. Nuff said about that. I really love how the characters develops to the end. Also, Scott's good on giving hints about something without you even realising it until you reach the part (if you've read the book, you'd know). Of course, like so many others I love Finn. Will (from Perfect You) is my favourite though but Finn is special. He's adorable and exactly the kind of person you want to spend your life with. He's the underdog, that guy right in front of your face without you ever realising it (cliche, I know but still good). The family problems here is more original and I like how Scott gives every character their own identity thus making the novel more interesting. I also realize that I've been saying 'I love..' a lot in this review which can only mean one thing : I love this book!!" -- Good Girls Read Books
Read an Excerpt (note: .pdf file)
Read an interview where I talk about Something, Maybe
The idea behind Something, Maybe: I wanted to write a romance--a straight-out love story....but none of the ideas I was playing with were grabbing me. And then I thought of a title. That's right--the story came from the title! But here's the catch: the title was originally Live! Nude! Mom. As soon as I thought of that, Hannah, and everything that happens to her, fell into place. However, the title ended up being changed (it happens quite a lot, actually) and turned into Something, Maybe--but I'll always think of Live! Nude! Mom. with fondness because without it, I never would have known about Hannah and her story! (As an interesting side note, some copies of Perfect You are out there with an excerpt from Something, Maybe under the title Live! Nude! Mom.)
ISBN:1416953566 (paperback) / 1416978658 (hardcover)