Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Synopsis: Everyone thinks their parents are embarrassing, but Hannah knows she's got them all beat.
Her dad made a fortune showcasing photos of pretty girls and his party lifestyle all over the Internet, and her mom was once one of her dad's 'girlfriends' and is now the star of her own website.
After getting the wrong kind of attention for way too long, Hannah has mastered the art of staying under the radar . . . and that's just how she likes it. Of course, that doesn't help her get noticed by her crush. Hannah's sure that gorgeous, sensitive Josh is her soul mate. But trying to get him to notice her; wondering why she suddenly can't stop thinking about another guy, Finn; and dealing with her parents make Hannah feel like she's going crazy. Yet she's determined to make things work out the way she wants only what she wants may not be what she needs. . . . (from Goodreads)
Why did I pick it up?: It was my prize from Cambria Dillon's Contest in March. Also, I want to steal Hannah's bracelets.
Favorite Lines: And then, still smiling, she says, "Turn that damn thing off or I'll tell Jackson about the night you came on to me." The camerawoman stiffens, looks pissed, and drops back.
Okay so not the greatest sentence ever written, and not the most well constructed sentence in the book. However, I chose this for content. I love the casual outing of the camerawoman as gay, or bisexual or at least bi-curious. I thought it was cool, because it easily could have been a cameraman.
I don't think Young Adult books need to be preachy but it's important that they reflect the world teens live in and Something Maybe does that well, with the gay camerawoman, the boys at school who talk a big game about what they would do if they got their hands on a sexy model, and even one of Hannah's friends who wears a Promise ring, vowing abstinence.
None of it comes off as forced, all of these things happen in the daily lives of teens and it was cool to see it reflected.
Likes: At times, Hannah's mother is more like the child than the parent and I can relate to that. I found it endearing and amusing whenever her mom is mentioned. Of course, it would be mortifying if you were Hannah, but you kind of hope Hannah gets over her mom's quirks and accepts her. Actually, the mom reminded me of Topaz from I Capture the Castle and I loved Topaz.
The love triangle is hilarious to read the boys vie for Hannah's attention and she is the only one who is clueless. I didn't want to stop reading because I wanted her to reach the same conclusion I already had.
Recommendation: Great summer or beach read. Very fun and quick.
Next Week: Divergent by Veronica Roth