Something, Maybe

Summary:

Hannah (17) struggles to fit in. Her father's penchant for collecting girlfriends, and her mother's erotic web chats due to her unique parents give her instant recognition. They see the daughter of two divorced celebs, not the *real* Hannah. The one who wants her mother to have a normal job, and a father who acknowledges her existence. All her life, Hannah has worked to stay unnoticed. But that just changed. She's met Josh, her soul mate. How is she going to live happily ever after if she doesn't get him to notice her?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Teens looking for humor and an honest friendship, will find them in Teagan, Finn, and Hannah.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. The story is set in high school, and while it might appeal to middle school girls (prone to crushes), there are mature themes and events.


Young Reader Reaction

This is one of the better books I have read recently. Scott crafts a story with a little something for everyone. Teens, especially those struggling with some of the hardships of high school, will definitely relate to Hannah's life. I really appreciate it when authors write book about real issues that kids face. Hannah, like many students in high school, struggles with school, parents, a job, and relationships.

This is a book that I would highly recommend to kids ages 13 to 15. I wouldn't mind owning Something, Maybe. I could read it many times without getting bored. Whether you are looking for a book for pleasure or want a fictional character can relate to, this book is for you!

Parent Reaction

Hannah is an every girl that I instantly want to cheer for. Her parents? Not so much. That may be by design, and yes, it is fiction, but they are so over-the-top that they overshadow Hannah's story. The scene in New York (for me) was neither funny nor poignant in how it ended. What I probably like most about Something, Maybe is Hannah and Teagan's relationship. It has a genuineness to it that is a great counterbalance to the absurdity and fake-ness in Hannah's world.

Type of Book:
Relationships take center stage in this young adult novel about family and first love. This is a high interest / low reading level option.
Educational Themes:

The story has a somewhat predictable path, which may give it a "too fictional" air. Even so, the plot creates doors you can open to talk about life in high school, fame, divorce, relationships (family and other), and responsibility.

Reading Level:
4.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
14 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
13 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. Hannah easily becomes a friend you want to hang around with - and introduce to some of your friends, too.

Title Something, Maybe
About
Author Elizabeth Scott
Publisher Simon Pulse © 2009
ISBN 9781416978657
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Family, School
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