Title: Something, Maybe
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Release Date: March 24, 2009
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Hannah Jackson James is famous, and she hates every second of it. Her estranged father, Jackson, is a mogul who bears remarkable similarities to Hugh Hefner. Her mother, Jackson’s ex-girlfriend, now makes a living doing a webcam show wearing lingerie. All in all, it’s enough to make Hannah wish for a normal life on a daily basis.
Hannah tries to stay under the radar at school, but she is able to be herself at her job after school. And there she meets Josh, the dreamy guy she thinks she might be falling in love with. On top of that, Jackson begins to reach out to Hannah again, though she isn’t sure if she can trust him. As Hannah’s life becomes more and more complicated, she starts to realize what is important in her life.
Something, Maybe is a wonderful glimpse into the life of a not-so-normal teen. With the success of Hugh Hefner’s reality show, writing a fictional book about what his daughter might have to face is really genius – it makes the reader aware of her issues before they even open the book.
Hannah is a wonderful character that the reader can really identify with. Despite the fact that she is in a unique situation, she is still completely relatable. Though her father is famous, at the end of the day, her issues with him are those of a teen with an unreliable parent. Her crush on Josh really grounds her and makes her just like any other teenager. What really makes her special, though, is the details Scott includes about her character – the fact that she has beautiful blond hair that she doesn’t know what to do with. The fact that she has a voluptuous body that she hides under men’s shirts. The fact that she feels like she can’t trust herself with a boy because of who her father is.
Above all, Something, Maybe is a sweet book. Though a lot of it hints around sex, unsurprising considering who Hannah’s father is based on, I would venture to say that it’s not an inappropriate book. Considering Hannah’s preoccupation that being Jackson’s daughter might mean that she would go too far too fast with a boy, I’d say that it actually would make teens think about sex rather than rushing into things. Something, Maybe is a book that focuses on knowing and understanding yourself, which is a great message for today’s teens.
Something, Maybe was a wonderful, light read that is great for teens or adults. I can’t wait to pick up more of Elizabeth Scott’s novels.