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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.
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Overview

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. . . .
Once again, Elizabeth Scott has created a world so painfully funny and a cast of characters so heartbreakingly real that you’ll love being a part of it from unexpected start to triumphant finish.
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Following the bleak Living Dead Girl, Scott returns to teen romance, populating this one with a pair of unusually noteworthy parents. It's been five years since 17-year-old Hannah has had any contact with her father, a Hugh Hefner manqué in his 70s who has a reality TV show and Web site that chronicles his comings and goings with his "special girls." Hannah's mother, one of those "girls" before Hannah's birth, now runs a Web site that features her in live chat wearing only lingerie. Although Hannah strives for invisibility, she finds herself attracting attention from two male classmates and co-workers at her afterschool job: Josh, who seems to be politically aware and sensitive, and Finn, who seems to be a football-playing clod. Readers will quickly clue into the truth, that Josh is a jerk and Finn is a gem, but Scott's spot-on dialogue and deft feel for teen angst will keep them entertained. The unusual family dynamics allow the author to explore familiar themes from a fresh angle. This is a satisfying, romantic coming-of-age story. Ages 14-up. (Mar.)

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Gr 9 Up—Hannah spends her days trying to stay invisible while at school and then obsessing over her love interest, Josh, while taking burger orders at a fast-food restaurant in Elizabeth Scott's novel (Simon Pulse, 2009). Her father, an infamous reality TV star, is a Hugh Hefner-like character whose only contact with his daughter is designed to increase his show's ratings. Her mother, who was one of his many girlfriends, is a minor actress who has a Web show where she talks online while scantily dressed. Ever since she moved to a small town five years ago with her mother, Hannah has tried not to be embarrassed by her parents and to call very little attention to herself by wearing sloppy clothes, no makeup, and her hair in a ponytail. Remaining relatively friendless, she dreams of her first kiss (with Josh, of course) and a normal life. Things seem to turn around when Josh starts paying attention to her, but she has more in common with Finn, another co-worker. Life for Hannah has suddenly become complicated. Ellen Grafton's quirky narration gives an authentic voice to Hannah and the other characters. While all the situations are not quite believable, this very funny story will delight romance fans who enjoy a light-hearted look at the complexities of teen life.—Jeana Actkinson, formerly Bridgeport High School, TX
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Hannah is proud of her hard-earned reputation of "invisible girl," something that wasn't easy for her to achieve, due to her infamous parents. Her estranged father, Jackson, is something of a Hugh Hefner type. Candy, her mother, supports herself and Hannah by posing for fans in her underwear. Now a senior, quiet-yet-sassy Hannah finds herself crushing on two boys: sensitive, gorgeous, perfect Josh and awkward, funny Finn. Which boy to choose, however, becomes the least of Hannah's problems when her dad calls in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. Through crushes and fights, Hannah comes to a deeper understanding of what it means to love. Hannah is neither too witty nor too empty but nicely normal, and Scott shows an understanding of the many stages of teen romance, from infatuation to breakup. This classic girl-meets-boys story will capture the whole spectrum of girl romance readers. Unfortunately, the cover depicts a blond in a tank top, where Hannah is actually a brunette who prefers to keep herself covered up-a misstep readers will notice. (Fiction. YA)
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"The best love story I've read in ages." — Sarah Dessen, bestselling author of Lock and Key
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416978657
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 5.76 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Scott is the author of Bloom, Perfect You, and Stealing Heaven.
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Everyone's seen my mother naked.

Well, mostly naked. Remember that ad that ran during the Super Bowl, the one where a guy calls and orders a pizza and opens the door to see a naked lady with an open pizza box ("The pizza that's so hot it can't be contained!") covering the bits you still aren't allowed to see on network television?

That was her. Candy Madison, once one of Jackson James' girlfriends, and star of the short-lived sitcom Cowboy Dad. Now she's reduced to the (very rare) acting job or ad, but she was relatively famous (or infamous) for a few days after the football game with a pre-game show that lasts longer than the actual game.

Whoo.

You might think the ad caused me nothing but grief at school, but aside from a few snide comments from the sparkly girls (you know the type: unnaturally white teeth, shining hair, personalities of rabid dogs) and some of the jock jerks (who, of course, were watching the game, and like both pizza and naked women — not a stretch to figure they'd be interested), no one else said anything to me.

But then, no one really talks to me. That's good, though. I've worked long and hard to be invisible at Slaterville High, an anonymous student in the almost 2,000 that attend, and I want it to stay that way. (The school website actually boasts that we're larger than some colleges. I guess overcrowding is a good thing now.)

However, the ad has caused me nothing but grief at home. When it aired, traffic to Mom's site, candymadison.net, tripled, and she worked to keep it coming back, giving free "chats" (where she sits around in lingerie and answers questions about her so-called career and Jackson), and pushing her self-published autobiography, Candy Madison: Taking It All Off. We actually sold ten of the twenty-five cases of the thing stacked in our garage.

And the press coverage? Mom loved it. The ad only ran once, because some senator's kid saw it and...you know where I'm going, right?

Of course you do, and naturally, the ad became extremely popular online. Celeb Weekly magazine did five questions with her, and Mom pushed her website and book and then talked about how she was always looking for "interesting, quirky character roles."

The week it ran, Mom bought ten copies of the magazine at the grocery store and wandered around the house grinning and flapping the interview at me. The phone rang almost hourly, her brand-new agent calling with offers (mostly for work involving no clothing, which Mom turned down) and an invitation to appear on a talk show.

Not a classy talk show, mind you, but still, it was a talk show. She said yes until she found out the show was about "Moms Who Get Naked: Live! Nude! Moms!" and backed out. Not because she objected to being called a mom. Or because she knew — because I'd told her so — that I'd die if she did it.

It was the "nude" thing.

"I've never done any nude work!" she said to her agent. "I'm an artist, an actress — all right, yes, the ad. But I was wearing a pizza box! I want to be taken seriously. What about getting me on the talk show with the woman who says 'Wow!' all the time and gives her audience free cars? I could talk to her."

The "Wow!" lady wasn't interested, Mom's new agent stopped calling, and today, when we go to the supermarket, Celeb Weekly doesn't have her picture in it.

"I don't understand," she says. "I got so much e-mail from my fans after that interview, and they all said they'd write to the magazine and ask for more. Do you think I wasn't memorable enough?"

I look at her, dressed in a tight, bright pink T-shirt with CANDYMADISON.NET in sequins across the front, and a white skirt that barely skims the tops of her thighs. Her shoes have heels that could probably be used to pierce things.

"You're very memorable, Mom. Did you get the bread?"

"I don't eat bread." Is she pouting? It's hard to tell. She's had a lot of chemicals injected into her face.

"I know, but I do," I say, and take the Celeb Weekly she thrusts at me.

"Sorry," she says. "I'm just in a bad mood. They could have at least run one picture!"

"I know, but they..." I say, and trail off because there's Mom, in the back of the magazine under "Fashion Disasters!" The picture of her they're running was taken at the premiere of a play she did way (way) off Broadway a week ago. The play ran for exactly one night. She played a nun (now you see why the play lasted one night) and wore a dress with what she called "strategic cutouts" to a party afterward.

The caption under the picture reads, "Note to Candy Madison: Sometimes pizza boxes ARE more flattering!"

"What?" Mom says, trying to look at the magazine again. "Did I miss something? Is there a picture of me? Or, wait — is Jackson in there?"

"Um...Jackson," I tell her, and she looks at me, then pulls the magazine out of my hands and sees the picture.

And then she starts jumping up and down. Never mind that everyone in the grocery store is watching her even more than they usually do, most with resigned "Oh, why must she live HERE" expressions on their faces, and a few with "Oh, I hope she jumps higher because that skirt is covering less and less" grins.

"I'll go get the bread," I say, and get away. She'll be done jumping when I get back because she'll have seen the caption. At least this means we won't have to buy ten copies of the magazine. I would rather have food than look at pictures of celebrities. (Call me crazy, but I just think it's a better choice.)

I am glad it was a picture of Mom (though I wish it was a better one) because I would so rather look at her than Jackson James, founder of jacksonjamesonline.com, the home of JJ's Girls, and current star of JJ: Dreamworld. He's 72, acts like he's 22, and once upon a time Mom had a child with him. Check out any online encyclopedia (or gossip site) if you don't believe me. The photo you see — and it's always the same photo — is of me and Jackson. It was taken when I was a baby, but still. It's out there.

When I get back, Mom has seen what they said about her, but still wants a copy of the magazine.

"I don't think that many people look at the captions, do you?" she says as we're heading out into the parking lot, stroking the glossy cover of Celeb Weekly. "I can't believe I'm in here again." Her smile is so beautiful, so glowing. So happy.

Mom almost never looks happy. Not really.

"I bet plenty of people will see the picture," I say, which isn't a lie. I'm sure plenty of people will. But I bet they'll read what's under it too. She doesn't need to hear that, though. Not now. I put the last of the groceries in her car and say, "I'll see you after work, okay?"

She nods, and when she hugs me, I tug her shirt down. Copyright © 2009 by Elizabeth Spencer

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    "The best love story I've read in ages" - Sarah Dessen

    Lost in my feelings

    Do you ever feel like your parents are embarrassing you? Well, I'm sure it's nothing compared to Hannah's in "Something, Maybe" by Elizabeth Scott. Her dad became famous showcasing photos of pretty girls all over the internet, and her mom was one of his girlfriends and is now a star of her own website. Hannah only wishes to blend in at school and not be known as the daughter of Jackson James and Candy Madison.
    This story is a love story about a high school girl searching for her soul mate, but trying not to stand out as well. Hannah just has this feeling that Josh is her soul mate, but for some reason she can't seem to get Finn off her mind. She is caught somewhere between what she thinks is supposed to happen and the truth. And that goes for more situations than just trying to find her guy.
    The last time Hannah saw her dad she was twelve years old. And let's just say the visit didn't go very well. Hannah then got a call from him. Jackson said that he wanted to see his daughter. Hannah really wanted to believe that, but deep inside she knew it was only for the ratings. However, Jackson did a good job of convincing her that he really wanted to spend time with her, but soon after she arrived in New York she realized he had fooled her once again.
    I think Scott did an excellent job writing this book. She wrote it in a way that is easy for the reader to get into and connect to the story. It is definitely a book you will never want to put down. This is the perfect book for all teen girls. I would give it five out of five stars. I never wanted it to end and it's easy to relate to.From the love, loss, family, and relationships, this is an enjoyable teen romance book and should be on everyone's reading lists.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Cozy, Calm, and Delightful

    I wasn't sure what to expect from Elizabeth Scott's Something, Maybe; I usually can't get into YA realistic fiction centering on girls with complicated love lives and screwed up families.

    However, I liked Something, Maybe a lot. A lot a lot.

    Something, Maybe is a love story: love between family, friends, and boys and girls. And yes, it is a kissing book! The romantic thread of the plot was predictable; within the first few chapters, I knew which boy Hannah would end up with. The real fun was watching it happen.

    I also enjoyed getting to know Hannah's mom, minor web star Candy Madison, former girlfriend of Jackson James, reality TV/online Hugh Hefner-esque star. Hannah's relationship with her mother figures prominently in the novel; the first sentence of Something, Maybe is "Everyone's seen my mother naked." Indeed, Candy Madison is scantily clad in most of her scenes, and Hannah frequently has to act the adult: "She [Candy] nods, and when she hugs me [Hannah], I tug her shirt down." In the end, however, Candy Madison is a real person and a wonderful-if midriff-bearing-mother.

    Hannah's father is another story, and an excellent vehicle for Scott to satirize reality TV.

    Scott's prose is absorbing, and I frequently read longer than I meant to. The plot and tone move, but not at break-neck speed. Rather, reading Something, Maybe is like curling up on the couch with a blankie and a cup of hot chocolate-cozy, calm, and delightful.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2009

    Best romance novel in a long time...

    Something, Maybe is a book that was easy to read and touched my heart. Hannah Jackson James is a girl in high school who longs for a normal life, one that doesn't involve her father having a castle in New York and being famous for his website with pictures of beautiful women, or her mother walking around the house in her underwear while talking to people about her so-called "career."

    Hannah does her best to remain unnoticed and ordinary, but doing those two things won't ever catch the attention of her crush Josh, who is everything she ever hopes for. But even though she believes Josh is her "soulmate" she can't ever get Finn off her mind and out of her heart. Something, Maybe is a novel that you are sure to remember...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Interesting read

    Ok for one i have to start by saying that i love how the boys are switched. How in other books the dark hair, poetry writing one is the one the the girl cant stand but then ends up being "the one" and the blonde footbal player is the one the girl starts off liking but fals for the dark hair one. I loved this switch! I can not express how much i enjoyed the boy switch.
    Now i felt like the book was, for lack of a better word, messy. I just didnt understand it. I felt like it was all smashed together in so few pages. And i felt like it was half a story, like i missed so much before this book. And like it just was continueing from another story. Over all im am extremely dissapointed and i really did not enjoy this book a smuch as i thought. The book was to crampted and everything overlapping eachother.
    - i still love the author,
    Sama M

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Inapriperiate

    To much xxx talk im 9 and it taught me thingd i shoukdnt know about

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2010

    AMAZING!

    This book by Elizabeth Scott was so unpredictable! I was so suprised who Hannah would finally end up with.....Book reading, music loving, poem writing Josh, or Fun, Loving, and Loud Finn? It was a great book, and I would recommend this to anyone! If you want teen romance, then this is what you need to read! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2009

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    Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for TeensReadToo.com

    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, Josh, who is obviously her soul mate (he just doesn't realize it). But the annoying Finn keeps getting in the way, and for some reason Hannah can't stop thinking about him.

    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, MAYBE is the perfect love story, but it's not just a romance. It's a story about loss, family, acceptance, and forgiveness. It goes beyond what a light romance typically does without feeling like a heavy issue book. How Elizabeth Scott pulls all this off is what makes reading this book so much fun.

    The most amazing thing to me is that I was totally drawn in to Hannah's world. When Hannah felt frustrated with her father, I felt frustrated. When she was upset, I was upset, and when she was happy I cheered with her. I really emotionally connected with the story and the characters, which made this one such a rewarding read.

    And Finn....sigh....I love Finn.

    If you haven't picked this one up yet, put it to the top of your reading pile now! SOMETHING, MAYBE is my new must-have book for Summer Reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

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    Great Love Story!

    Elizabeth Scott writes another amazing love story about a girl who finds love in unexpected places. She works with two guys: Josh, poetic, handsome, hard for Hannah to talk to, and a jerk, and then there is Finn, funny, hot, sweet as can be, and comfortable and easy for Hannah to talk to. Scott delivers these characters with great writing and makes you feel like you know them yourself. This book is amazing, but when you read it, make sure you have time on your hands because you will not be able to put it down. Elizabeth Scott is a great author, and I hope I can write a love story as good as Something, Maybe, Bloom, or Perfect You.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2009

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    can not wait!

    i havent even read this yet but i know it's not going to let me down. I know who i will be rooting for and it's not Scott. There was a small excerpt in the back of You,Maybe that gives you a little piece of who the characters are and Scott seems like a stuck up jerk. I personally fell in love with Finn after only a few pages. So i can not wait to see what else is in store for these characters when the books actually comes out.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2013

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    Definitely one of my more favorite books from this author. This

    Definitely one of my more favorite books from this author. This one really delves into the teen mind. Hannah is head over heels for her dreamy, mature, and- in-a-word- perfect, coworker, Josh. But he already has a girlfriend, she thinks. And an annoying coworker, Finn is constantly bugging her. At home her mother spends a lot of time sporting lingerie on the internet for fans. Plus, she is trying to forget about the last time she saw her famous dad, Jackson. Scott does an excellent job showing what a teenager thinks and feels going through all this. As Hannah pursues a relationship with Josh and Finn always trying to talk with her, we see more of her personality and train of thought come out. Hannah starts to realize Josh isn't exactly as perfect for her as she thought and ends up going through another horrible experience with her father. You can't help but feel Hannah's emotions right along with her. Scoot places that special touch of humor in spots that just add to the great story. Read it so you can see Hannah go through life, crushes, family drama, and realization- and watch her learn from it all so she can be truly happy and truly herself.

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    Posted March 7, 2013

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    Ehh. Not much happens there. I'm Sicily.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Anonymous

    I thought this book was VERY good. It's a pretty easy book and is a quick read but has so much in it that it overwhelms you with emotion! The characters in it are great also- especially Finn! He was to DIE FOR, I wish i had a Finn!!!! If you are thinking about reading this u should! Because i know i loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    This is awesome. Idc wat u amateurs say

    Um yeah some people really shouldn't be talking all this trash. Unless you can verify your work is better than elizabeths you shouldnt be so quick to judge

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Better than expected

    It was a quick read which i enjoyed.I really loved the end and it was honestly one of few books that i couldnt put down. Finn was so cute. The stuff with her dad was still fast and wasnt bad either.

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  • Posted October 25, 2012

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    Enjoyable Romance

    I was taken by Elizabeth Scott's book Love You Hate You Miss You, but Something, Maybe is totally different, and very enjoyable. Hannah has always had a messed up life growing up. A Playboy like father with 20-something girls lining up to be his "special" girl, a mother still grieving for her second husband's death, and that left Hannah to try and make her way through high school without being seen. But shes still seen by two guys at her after achool job, Finn and Josh, but one of them isnt all she thought he was, and thats where the crazyness starts. I liked the book, I already didnt like Hannah's father and Ireally didnt by the end. And Finn is just so adoreably cute with his incomplete thoughts and little acts of kindness to Hannah.
    This is really great for any teenager who wants a quick read, but some of the situations and conversations tend to lean the book to more of an older teen audience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Awesome

    This book was awesome. It was well written and had an unpredictable plot that keeps you turning pages and unable to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Loved it!!!

    This book was soooo good! The ending was really sweet it just took so long for hannah to realize what she had right in front of her! There is some language and stuff that may be innappropriete for some people so i recommend it for girls 11 and up but it depends on the person. I loved this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Good

    This book is goodd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    L-o-v-e this book!

    Elizabeth Scott is an amazing auther and this is another one of her amazing books. I am so glad i bought it and recomend it to any young girl between the 6th and 12th grade. It was a quick read i admit but it was a good kids book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Great book

    It is a very fast and enjoyable read

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