Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
It's Elizabeth Scott Week, which is being hosted in several places across the blogosphere. I have to admit, I had not read anything by Elizabeth Scott when I stumbled upon her blog. But she was holding a contest to win Abandon by Meg Cabot, so I entered. And I won! Yay! And then she also included Something, Maybe! Double yay! And, it turns out, I read Something, Maybe right away and have yet to read Abandon. Something, Maybe was adorable -- I read it in one day. On to the the review!
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.
Something, Maybe was a fun, light and endearing read. At various points throughout the novel, I wanted to give each one of the main characters a hug because they were all so flawed and vulnerable and real. I would have to say that's the main thing I took away from this book: I was emotionally invested in all the characters. I wanted to cry when they wanted to cry, I wanted to hit the ones that were being jerks, and most of all I wanted everything to end up okay for everyone.
I also really enjoyed all the interactions between Hannah, Josh and Finn. The three of them work together and the scenes where they are all having a conversation were written so well. I could feel all the frustration and tension circling around in their little space. Brilliant.
Pick up Something, Maybe and stay in to read it on a rainy day. Or take it to the park or the beach on a beautiful day. I am looking forward to reading more from Elizabeth Scott.