Thursday, April 9, 2009

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

SUMMARY:
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 makes 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. ...

RATING:
Character Development: 8/10
Originality: 5/10
Overall Enjoyment:
6/10
Ending: 9/10
Voice: 7/10
Recommendation: 6/10
Total Score: 41/60


Grade: B

AGE APPROPRIATE?
Cussing?
Moderate.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc?
Little to none, as far as I recall.
Sexual content? Some. No real scenes, but it is referenced often.

Aimed at 15+.

REVIEW:

As far as ChickLit goes, this was pretty good. As a teenager myself, I find that many of the protagonists in these kinds of novels are troubled in one way or another -- they smoke, they drink, they have sex -- and my experience is that not every single teenager is like that. This book, thankfully, proves this. Our heroine, though she comes from a slightly questionable background, is somewhat normal and has ethics. I liked that about her. She had a normal problem, social anxiety and embarassment, that many, many of these readers can relate to. A lot of the plot twists were surprising and juicy, though overall I found the book predictable. And though I know it isn't the author who writes this, the jacket summary kind of gave it away for me. The mention of Finn and the cryptic final sentence, "what she wants may not be what she needs" sort of gives the reader an idea of the whole plotline before we've even passed the title page. However, the writing is pretty well-done and overall, I think it was a worthwhile read.

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