Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Review by Alex- Something, Maybe

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

I wonder what it would be like to do high school things. To go out on the weekends. To kiss a guy. To have a normal life. A real one.

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 make 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....

I did like this book. And I love Elizabeth Scott. Both Lauren and I agree that Perfect You is the best, although Bloom comes a close second for me. Lauren didn't read Bloom since her name is the name of the protagonist and her brother's name is the name of the love interest. XD Such a coincidence, it's absolutely hilarious. I get such a laugh out of it.

Anyway, 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 triangls populate almost every romance novel. And well, parents are always problems. Although, yeah, I have to admit, Hannah does have embarrasing parents. Mostly her father. Her mother isn't really so bad, she does what she does (which is wearing very minimal clothing for a legion of drooling men on the internet), but she's good and kind. Her father, on the other hand, is 72 years old and such a jerk. I'm not too sure jerk is the right word, but her father is definitely not... suited to be father I guess. He should be a grandfather at his age. I just find it extremely icky to think of Hannah's mom at age 21 and Jackson, her dad, in his 50s, together. Just... eew.

I found that probably, I'd describe most scenes in Something, Maybe as both corny and sweet. It just depends on if the scene's more corny than sweet, or vice-versa. Hannah's attempted heart to hearts with her dad Jackson are more corny than sweet, but I'm going to say that most interactions between Hannah and Finn are sweet rather than corny.

Let's see... the characters now. Hannah, I wasn't too fond of. I found her wishywashy with her crush on Josh. And the fact that she thought she was soulmates with him was just so... stupid. I could say naive but really, I think stupid fits Hannah more. I do think she was brave and strong at times, but most, she just kind of annoyed me. And she was so oblivious to Finn, it hurt. It truly did. I sometimes wanted to shake her to make Hannah open her eyes somehow to Finn. Or at least accept some of her feelings. On the topic of Finn... drroool. XD I adore Finn. He's hands down my favourite character in this novel. He's very... boy, with some disgusting eating habits, but he's not a jerk, even though he tends to be surrounded by them (friends, in other words). He blushes constantly, and rambles. A lot. This must mean me and him are soul mates right? We both ramble waay too much. XD

If you just read quickly through this book, it's like, oh, yay, romance. Dysfunctional family, uh huh. Seen this, read this, whatever. But get closer, and it really is good. It's layered, and the character's aren't always cardboard cutout stereotypes. I got sucked in while reading the second half of the book. Not superduper sucked in, omg, can't put this down, but sucked in nonetheless, and was able to finish this in a day. Granted, it's not a long book but... whatever. I still get koodos.

I read half this book in a kind of bad mood, so I guess my opinion isn't completed untainted, and solely on the content of the book... but oh well. I can't help it. My reviews can't be like that- because of course I am swayed by my emotions all the time. So while I did get a little annoyed by the predictableness of this book, it's still a nice read. Nothing amazing, nothing new, but nice.

4/6 I guess.
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1 comment:

  1. Aw, I heard this was really good. Sorry you didn't like it. I'll still maybe check it out.


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