Something, Maybe

Elizabeth Scott, Author . Simon Pulse $16.99 (217p) ISBN 978-1-4169-7865-7

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.)

Reviewed on: 01/26/2009
Release date: 03/01/2009
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