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The Six Rules of Maybe

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  3,456 ratings  ·  314 reviews
A funny, poignant, uplifting, and truly authentic novel by National Book Award finalist author Deb Caletti.
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published (first published March 16th 2010)
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Jul 05, 2010 Thomas rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Sarah Dessen
My expectations for The Six Rules of Maybe were exorbitantly low after reading The Fortunes of Indigo Skye, also by Deb Caletti. In the latter novel Caletti's writing was insightful but tedious, and her characters were too eccentric without explanation. However, The Six Rules of Maybe was wonderfully written and has a large cast of colorful characters.

The book jacket's summary reads something like: this is the story of Scarlet, a nice girl who has trouble fending for herself. When her older sist
Melissa Jackson
Scarlet spends most of her time worrying about other people. Some are her friends, others are practically strangers, and then there are the ones no one else even notices. Trying to fix their lives comes naturally to her. And pushing her own needs to the side is part of the deal.

So when her older sister comes home unexpectedly married and pregnant, Scarlet has a new person to worry about. But all of her good intentions are shattered when the unthinkable happens: she falls for her sister's husband
Morgan F
I have been a Caletti fan for a long time. She's an exceptional writer, and her books always have keen observations and a quirky, relatable cast of characters. The Six Rules of Maybe was no exception. It was so adorably Caletti, but the problem was, it was nothing more than that. All I enjoyed about this book were the characters and writing.

The plot, unfortunately, was dull and meandering. The initial set-up is like an indulgent Lifetime movie, full of drama and potential family blow-outs. But C
well, I enjoyed this one much more than Caletti's "The Fortunes of Indigo Skye", but it still wasn't my favorite. I think this author overwrites, she explains too much. We get too much information that we didn't even need, pointless information. It was a semi-fun ride, this book, but i feel like i just read 321 pages to only go "eh".

I like this though....
The six rules of maybe
1. respect the power of hope and possibilites. Begin with beleif. Hold onto it.
2. If you known where you want to go, you
I'm not exactly sure if this book would be classed as 'a favourite' of mine.

The main character Scarlet was really interesting and I loved being stuck in her head. Scarlet cares about everyone else's needs before her own and when her sister Juliet comes home married and pregnant, Scarlet finds herself getting mixed up with her emotions. I could really understand Scarlet and while reading how she felt in some situations it would be the exact words I could never grasp when trying to understand my
Jun 27, 2012 Rabia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: looking for a light but insightful read
3.5 stars actually
i really liked this was exactly what i hoped it to be,a laid back read.the plot centers around a 17 year old girl Scarlet who has this overpowering need to help people,not just her family and friends but her entire neighborhood. she's a giver by nature and taking care of everyone works for her until scarlet's elder sister Juliet moves back home... pregnant and married to a guy she barely knows.
things spiral out of control when scarlet falls for her brother in law,Hayd
The Six Rules of Maybe is my third Deb Caletti book. I thought that The Nature of Jade and The Fortunes of Indigo Skye were okay, but I also felt that there was something missing in them that failed to make me want to check out Caletti's other works... until this one. My biggest problem with her books was that I had little to no emotional connection with her heroines. Some people read to escape reality, to find an alternate universe that is so very different from their own. I'm not one of those ...more
So if this is a draft of my review for SLJ, am I breaking copyright to post it here? Not sure. They do pass them on to Follett and Amazon, and I see them on the public library catalog, too. Anyway, here goes:
Caletti invites readers into Scarlett Hughes’ life and all its maybes. The introspective teen copes when her charismatic sister Juliet shows up pregnant and married after a Portland hotel singing job. Both Scarlett and her mother quickly come to adore the husband—Scarlett perhaps a little to
I wanted to like this one more, I really did, but...kind of irritatingly blah.
After 300 odd pages, I'm left wondering what the hell I just read.

The book was filled with scenes and details that didn't matter, and some chapters made me wonder if they were written solely because the author forgot her plot. There were so many things that could have been left out, and so many descriptions and parts of the inner monologue that came off as majorly superfluous. There were too many things going on all over the place, that it was easy to miss what the POINT of it all were... that
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Author Deb Caletti has a very special place in my heart, as she is one of three authors I credit with introducing me to (and subsequently hooking me on) contemporary YA literature, way back before I started writing for teens myself. Her books Honey, Baby, Sweetheart and The Queen of Everything helped me discover my own young adult voice and inspired me to begin work on the manuscript that would later become Twenty Boy Summer. I even had the opportuni
Summary: It’s interesting and somewhat serendipitous that I read this book after The Things A Brother Knows, because instead of a thorny brother relationship, we have a thorny sister relationship. Scarlet’s older sister Juliet has always been the shining star and boy magnet. It seems that everything comes effortlessly to her. Unlike her big sister, Scarlet is used to putting Juliet’s and other people’s needs ahead of her own desires. When Juliet finally left home and embarked on a career as a si ...more
I keep saying I'm gonna give you up, Deb Caletti, but let's face it, I'm not going to because holy hell your prose is lovely (except for that time you wrote about kissing-as-sea-lions-lolling-about WTF) and you have written some lovely things before.

But, again, I find myself thinking Caletti doesn't really write YA. Hers is not a YA voice. There are many "adult" books about teenagers, and I feel as if hers should be some of them. (This may not be her fault; it could be a marketing exec or who kn
It's funny. I had never heard of Deb Caletti before. She doesn't have the following, it seems, of Dessen. This is a shame, because I think she may have a little something on her. It's a double-shame, really, because Caletti's book covers are created to look like your garden variety chick-lit Dessen knock-offs. But it seems like Caletti's writing is denser than Dessen's, in a good way, mostly. There are moments where things get a little too abstractly poetic, but mainly, the story keeps moving in ...more
I almost didn’t read this book. I was about forty pages into it and wasn’t enjoying the first person narrator, Scarlet, very much. I remember thinking I would give it a few more pages. (I have a fifty page rule: if I don’t care by fifty pages in, I don’t finish the book.) And then I came across a passage that made me realize I didn’t like Scarlet for one very good reason: she was far too much like me. So I finished the book after all.

The Six Rules of Maybe follows high schooler Scarlet during a
2/5 stars.

If you'd like to see my full review, check out A Bookish Nerd.

While I didn't hate this book, I didn't like it. Two of the main characters, Scarlet and Juliet, were crazy. They stalked people. They were obsessed. If that doesn't send you running for the hills, they're also very whiny. Too whiny. I don't mind a little bit of complaining when it's called for, but they did it ALL THE TIME.

The romance was weak. Scarlet falls in love with Juliet's husband. If that isn't bad enough, Juliet i
Boy do I love Deb Caletti. She's the link from Sarah Dessen to Jodi Picoult. This might be my favorite one yet, with so much great writing, a real emotional tug and an excellently paced story.
I give Ms. Caletti a big round of applause for this hypnotizing novel.

There are many times that I think she is overdoing the descriptions.


I actually don't know if I want to give Ms. Caletti a big thumbs up in this area for some reason; one, the ideas are all over the place. I can't seem to find a linear plot to grasp in my hand. It's like trying to hold water. Number two-- The descriptions too are sometimes too much. Like you totally get the p
When Scarlett’s sister, Juliet returns home Scarlett and her mother are surprised to find out that not only is Juliet married and pregnant at 20, but her and her new husband, Hayden and his huge dog Zeus are moving in. Scarlett has a knack for making other people’s problems her own and sticking her nose into situations that it probably shouldn’t be in. That being said, Hayden turns out to be a beautiful note writer and Scarlett finds every note that he leaves for Juliet and slowly starts to fall ...more
Deb Caletti is one of my favorite YA authors. There are so many things I love about her writing, nothing I can pick out and criticize. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to interview her for the blog. She was kind and sweet and just as beautiful as her books are. She answered all of my questions and I was sent a finished copy of this book for review and this is by far her greatest novel yet.
There are six rules. They are six rules to live by, to remember, to recite as a mantra in your brain.
i honestly can't get over how incredible this book was.
everything was just perfect.
i'm a big fan of deb caletti, becoming one after reading her book "the nature of jade." her writing is beautiful. it's full of poetic sentences and inspiring quotes.
i thought this book would be a basic chick-lit novel, but its very deep and interesting.
scarlet, the main character, is fascinating and relatable. i found myself yelling out things like, "she is exactly like me!" or "i've wondered about that too!"
Dec 01, 2010 Jasmine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sarah Dessen fans
Shelves: ya-older
Our protagonist is Scarlet, a kind hearted seventeen year old girl that always seems to put the needs of others before her own. She’s the girl that carefully listens to her best friend’s problems, keeps a watchful eye on the elderly neighbors, says nice things to people when they are depressed and tries to find ways to help people out. She’s also that girl that’s grown up in the shadow of her beautiful, chaotic and manipulative older sister Juliet.

Juliet unexpectedly announces that she’s marrie
I did not like the ending to this book. The ending is pretty much why I rated this book a 1 out of 5. The rest of the book would probably be a 3 out of 5. I like books where the guy and the girl fall in love and live happily ever after. However, in this scenario I suppose it would be sorta wrong..... but still... *sigh* Juliet's character just annoyed me completely and she totally did not deserve Hayden. Despite this, the book is well written, although it is a bit slow, and I like the Six Rules ...more
Rachelia (Bookish Comforts)
A few weeks ago, I was at my local library, casually looking through the YA shelves. I wasn't looking for anything in particular, just browsing, when a book caught my eye. Well, the book's author is what really grabbed my attention - Deb Caletti - because I remembered hearing great things about her contemporary books from fellow bloggers. After checking out the summary on the back I knew I'd be checking out The Six Rules of Maybe; the main character, Scarlet, resonated with me, as we are both wo ...more
Leah Liebman
The author’s purpose was to tell a story of a girl who cared a lot about others and her surroundings. The author states in her summary that the book is about crossing that blurry line between helping other people and hurting ourselves and how to step back over it. The author’s style of writing is entertaining and informative.
The theme of this book is to take care of yourself and your problems and not worry so much about other people and their decisions. The author is trying to make you’re awa
Sierra Hastings
Scarlet Ellis is seventeen, and in her junior year of high school. She lives with her mom on an island off the Western coast of Washington/Oregon. Her life consists of worrying about the people around her - from her neighbors to the rejects at school to her best friend. When it seems like she couldn't possibly have more people to keep content, her sister shows up, married to a man that she hardly knows and pregnant with his child. This just piles on to Scarlet's plate, and when she realizes that ...more
I first picked up Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti when I was 16, and I remember it was the first time I really understood what people meant when they said they truly related to a character. Caletti's leads tend to be teenage introverts (always female), and being a quite shy and awkward youth, I always felt a sense of sisterhood with her characters. I think Caletti's protagonist Scarlett makes a decent point about introverts in that there isn't really anything WRONG about finding yourself ...more
Seventeen year old Scarlet Ellis lives on Parrish Island with her mother. She is known for being the “designated listener” at school, and spends much of her time observing people and finding ways to be useful to them. One day, Scarlet’s older sister, Juliet, comes home from Portland, where she has been working as a hotel singer, pregnant, and with her new husband (neither Scarlet or her mother were aware of this) and his big furry dog named Zeus in tow. All this happens in the first fifteen page ...more
How is it that I'm just now experiencing Deb Caletti? I had no idea what I was missing. I had seen her books on the shelf countless times and had simply scanned over them, assuming she was just another teen author like Sarah Dessen. Wrong. Her writing is beyond that. It is beautiful and emotional. It reminded me of an older and more sophisticated teen version of a Kate DiCamillo book. It had the memorable, quirky characters and the flowing writing that I just love. I really never thought I would ...more
Alyssa Vazquez
Has your world been turned upside down by just one little thing, maybe even a family member? Scarlets life was turned upside down by her sister Juliet's sudden reappearance in her life. The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti follows Scarlet Hughes life as she faces many problems that a normal 16 year old would not have to go through until their older years.
Scarlet is not your average 16 year old. She rather stay home and watch netflix than go out and party with people that she may not even like.
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Deb Caletti is an award winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include “The Nature of Jade,” “Stay,” “The Story of Us,” and "Honey, Baby Sweetheart," winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her tenth book with Simon & Schuster, “The Last Forever,” released in April 2014. Her first book ...more
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