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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? Relationships take center stage in this young adult novel about family and first love. This is a high interest / low reading level option.
Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 13 and Up; read yourself: 14 and Up
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!
Adult Reader 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.
Pros: Teens looking for humor and an honest friendship, will find them in Teagan, Finn, and Hannah.
Cons: 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.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. Hannah easily becomes a friend you want to hang around with - and introduce to some of your friends, too.
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.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - young adult, family, school
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2015
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.