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Something, Maybe

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  13,235 ratings  ·  600 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Simon Pulse (first published March 13th 2009)
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Samantha Ege In a way, honestly this book wasn't that special. It's not a bad boy wins the good girl book, but it's a side step from that. If that's not your bag, …moreIn a way, honestly this book wasn't that special. It's not a bad boy wins the good girl book, but it's a side step from that. If that's not your bag, not the book for you.(less)

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Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

A Week in YA Kissing Books - Haiku Mini Review #1

Your "Hugh Hefner" Dad
Doesn't make you a nympho
Throw more rocks at boys

I'm not entirely sure why I liked this one so much out of all the Elizabeth Scott books I've read, but I've narrowed it down to the following reasons:

1. Hannah - I thought she was a great protagonist and I enjoyed reading from her perspective. Her situation was unusual, but she was still relatable in her quest to be "invisible". I found her quite funny actually, particularly wh
Aug 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cara by: Haley
From the beginning you are hooked. Just read the jacket blurb. Hannah is the daughter of playboyisk father and her mother was one of what you'd call one of his "girls". Doesn't it make you wonder how a child like this would turn out? I was intrigued and totally dived in to see what Hannah had to offer.

Hannah does all things possible to deflect any kind of attention, but she would like a certain someone's attention and that someone is Josh. Josh is sensitive, smart, caring and extremely cute or i
Sep 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009
I guess I've never been a Scott fan, and this book is another sharp reminder as to why. It's similar to Bloom, but just even worse. It's a disaster, to be blunt.

I liked the creativity. For a while, anyway. That's one thing I have to applaud Scott for: she always seems to have an out-of-the-ordinary story up her sleeve. But can she really pull it off? Not in this case. The Playboy parents were interesting at first but later got terribly melodramatic and boring. The father was so predictable afte
Apr 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
From the beginning, I knew I was going to enjoy Hannah. She says words like "craptastic" and calls people "asshats" just like me. Plus Hannah's family life was so different, you couldn't help but get sucked into it. You have a mother who is struggling to stay in the spotlight, and a father who is basically a Hugh Hefner wannabee. No wonder the girl doesn't want anymore attention drawn her way!

The friendship between her and Teagan is another thing that drew me in. I think why I enjoyed it so muc
Kody Keplinger
Oct 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favorite of Elizabeth Scott's romantic comedies. It was definitely the funniest, and wow, I loved the characters.

I totally related to Hannah. Poor sexually frustrated Hannah. I mean, its so awkward having a Mom who is always half naked and a Hugh Hephner-esque father. But add in a crush on a hottie who might or might not be interested, an annoying co-worker she can't stop thinking about, and a deep seeded fear that, once she does get male attention, she'll wind up being some c
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Just as sweet the second time around!

Something, Maybe is a quick read full of rocks, stars, and burger orders galore! But my favorite ingredients are the blushing, banter, and message. This story is about putting yourself out there in the world and the people who see you. I mean really see and love you for who you are.

Highly recommended. It’s just so damn cute!

p.s. Plus it has TWO! of my favorite book boy names—Josh and Finn. Come on! You should read it for that fact alone. :D

Jun 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
All Hannah James wants is to be a normal teenager. But it’s not easy when your father is Jackson James, a sleazy celebrity famous for partying at his mansion with beautiful women, or as he calls them, his “special girls” (scantily clad young women who parade around with little on or sometimes nothing at all). Her mom, Candy Madison, a former “special girl”, makes her living by doing live web chats in her lingerie. With eccentric parents like hers, Hannah only wants to fly under the radar at scho ...more
Abby Johnson
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
Hannah's parents take embarrassment to a whole new level - her aging playboy dad is the star of a reality show and her mom poses as Candy Madison, running a paid website in her negligee. Hannah's perfected the art of being invisible, which is a shame when it comes to the object of her longing, a coworker named Josh. How can Hannah retain her invisibility and still get Josh to ask her out? Is she doomed to be alone forever?

This is a really sweet, romantic story and I think it might be my favorit
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it

Hahahaha! Such a good book!
and i thought that my life was a total fiasco!
Suad Shamma
Nov 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2014
I'm conflicted with this story. On the one hand, I did truly enjoy it, I read it all in one go turning the pages quickly to find out what happens next.

On the other just seemed...silly. Hannah was an irritating protagonist, but I didn't hate her for it. I don't know how to explain it, but although there were many times I just wanted to shake some sense into her, and into Elizabeth Scott for writing some of the driveling nonsense, it didn't hinder my enjoyment of the story. Not sure if
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner by: Read-along with Vannessa
Shelves: contemporary
Reason why I liked this book would be that it reminded me of diaries because everything Hannah said seemed like it came from a diary. It’s just that I kept a journal for a couple of years, while I was in highschool and it looked something like that. Pages and pages of boy talk and bitching about my parents.

Hannah’s father is basically like Hugh Hefner. He is a wealthy old fart who likes to have ‘special girls’ and only worries about himself. Hannah is a smart girl and she realises he will never
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to let you into to a little secret I have, I love Elizabeth Scott's novels! They are like a guilty pleasure for me because they are light, funny, and well written novels, that I absolutely love. Whenever, I read one I'm usually in a bad mood, for some reason, but they instantly cheer me up within the first chapter.

Something, Maybe was no different, of course. It was filled with well developed characters, cute boys, and father-daughter relationship problems. The plot was interesting, b
This was my second Elizabeth Scott novel, and it became very clear to me very quickly that Elizabeth Scott has a very, very wide range. The first book I read by her--Love You Hate You Miss You--was a dark kind of book about a girl who writes letters to her best friend after she passes away in an accident. This book could not be more different.

Something, Maybe is one of those lovely, sweet books that are great for anytime of year. I like to read these right at this time--spring turning into summe
Amanda Green
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Easy read
Loved the characters
May 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, young-adult
Hannah is your average girl with no so average parents. Her father lives in a playboy type of mansion surrounded by playgirls (but they're called something else in this book). He hasn't talked to Hannah in a number of years and she would like to keep it that way. Her mother runs a site where she chats with men in her underwear and her husband died a bit recently. Not to mention that they live in a small town and everyone knows who her parents are. That's gotta be tough. She works at BurgerTown w ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for

Hannah's parents are embarrassing. Hannah's mom, Candy Madison, is a former "celebrity" who's known for a certain revealing pizza commercial, a short-lived TV show, and being the girlfriend of famous playboy and Hannah's father, Jackson James. She doesn't talk to her dad and her mom spends most of her time in online fan chats.

Hannah wishes she was a normal girl with a normal life who could attract the attention of her co-worker
Oct 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Something, Maybe is simply great. I really like Hannah and her courage. The book is mostly focused on the romance (or lack-there-of in the beginning). It’s funny and heartfelt in a way that I hadn't expected.

First about the romance: Hannah starts out being low-key and all gaga over Josh. She wants to be more like Josh or like one of his typical girlfriends. Hannah never truly conforms to anyone so no need to worry there. You know Finn has a crush on her and in the book he does all these great th
Princess Bookie
Jun 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts: So its been a while where I really get sucked into a book. Where I lay in bed and don't want to turn off the light because I'm still reading and I want to know what happens next. Where the thought of putting the book aside makes me sad. Until now.. Well, this book totally amazed me! This is now one of my favorite new books. When I first saw this book I had no clue what it was about. With the title Something, Maybe it could be about anything. I loved the storyline. The characters wer ...more
Apr 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While reading this, I got a major case of déjá vu. It felt like I had already read it before, but I'm still not sure.

It's a simple book. Simple plot. Simple characters. Simple execution. But I still liked it. It wasn't supposed to be a complicated book, and it was the perfect book to waste a few hours on.

Hannah, the main character, was a push-over and a little naive, but in her case that may have worked in her favor. She wanted to trust people so bad - including her father - because she didn't k
Aug 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Sarah Dessen, Ellen Wittlinger
Shelves: teen
Hannah is used to being invisible. She likes it that way. When the entire world has seen your mom mostly naked, and your dad has his own reality show that features him and his "special girls", you get a little sick of people looking at you.

But sometimes, Hannah wants to be noticed. She would love, for example, to get noticed by Josh, her brainy, passionate coworker who happens to be her soulmate. Unfortunately, the only person who seems to notice her is Finn, her other coworker--irritating, anno
Hannah has tried to stay under the radar because her parents do exactly the opposite. Her father is basically Mr. Playboy, a 72-year-old man who owns a castle filled with "my girls" and stars in a raunchy reality TV show of the activities there. He hasn't talked to her in five years.
Her mother, while more reliable, is also infamous(as a Hot C Actress, anyway). Known best for her role in the Superbowl pizza commercial in which she wore nothing but the pizza box, and secondly for a badly-rated S
Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was a little nervous trying another book by Elizabeth Scott. After reading Living Dead Girl, I was somewhat skeptical to say the least.

Well Something, Maybe turned out to be brain balm after reading her other novel. This stand-alone story was great, funny, enjoyable and quick to read. I loved the characters, storyline and dialog. I found myself laughing out loud and shaking my head at Hannah's mental dialog. Hannah and Finn were great together and very charming. Several of the secondary chara
Laurence R.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dying-to-read
I hadn't read a book in one sitting in a long time... But I'm also going to bed wayyyyy too late and I did literally no homework. Oh, well. It was worth it. ...more
Jul 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Something, Maybe was incredibly cute and sweet and adorable and all those nice adjectives that I love to use. It's a light, warm and happy feeling read. It's interesting and nice, but there's nothing groundbreaking. Love triangles populate almost every romance novel. And well, parents are always problems. Although, yeah, I have to admit, Hannah does have embarrassing parents. Mostly her father. Her mother isn't really so bad, she does what she does (which is wearing very minimal clothing for a l ...more
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
We are all guilty of having embarrassing parents, or at least have our share of embarrassing moments, but Hannah has each and everyone of us topped. Her dad is Jackson James, founder of a playboy-esque website and show. Her mom, well, she is famous for the Superbowl commercial where the only thing covering her was a pizza box. After a lifetime of receiving the wrong type of attention, Hannah finds that she much prefers walking invisibly through life.

The only thing wrong with being invisible thou
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Hannah is invisible, and she likes it that way. She made herself like that on purpose because everybody knows, it seems, who her parents are. Ordinarily, this might not be such a bad thing, but because her father is Jackson James, an older used-to-be-celebrity famous for partying with his scantily clad and much younger girlfriends, and her mother is Candy Madison, a has-been known for being clothed in naught but a pizza box in a commercial, attention is not something Hannah wants or needs. All H ...more
Dec 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review, bea
Previous to this I had only read Bloom by Elizabeth Scott. I thought that one was ok where as this was fantastic! Right off the bat the book was funny and engaging, it felt like my best friend wrote it, someone with my same sense of humor. I found myself giggling and laughing and possibly even snorting once or twice when reading this book. It was a lot of fun but also had a more serious and emotional side.

The humor was found in all sorts of places from the fact that Hannah works at a call center
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read the first chapter of this as a teaser at the end of "Perfect You," when it was still titled "Live, Nude, Mom!" and I have to admit that's a great title that tells a lot more about this book than "Something, Maybe," which I'm still not exactly sure how that ties in? Hannah's mom was a live-in "girl next door," to Jackson James, who seems to be pretty much a Hugh Hefner/Joe Francis stand-in. Her pregnancy (and Hannah) weren't part of the plan, and Jackson denies paternity and pretty much is ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.

Something, Maybe was engaging from the very first line, "Everyone's seen my mother naked." Unconventional but interesting, it captured my attention.

Elizabeth Scott's style is so light and easy to read. Her books are quick and can be read in just a few hours; their fluffy and funny tone picking you up from a bad mood, or just putting you in a better one.

The premise was definitely unique to anything I've read before. Hannah's dad was basical
Sarah BT
Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I had been in a reading slump before I started to 48 Hour Book Challenge so even though I was looking forward to reading, I wasn't sure if I'd find books I'd want to read straight through. Lucky for me Something, Maybe was near the top of my pile, because without it (and Melissa Walker's wonderful Lovestruck Summer), I don't think I could have made it.

I don't know how Elizabeth Scott does it, but she continues to amaze me with every book. Can I just bottle some of her talent please? Something,
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Hey there, I'm Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I live just outside Washington DC with my husband and dog, and am unable to pass a bookstore without stopping and going inside.

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