Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
2009, Simon Pulse

Synopsis: 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...

The Good: It's a fast, easy read. The writing flows well. And at least Finn was a good character.

The Bad: Hannah's dad is obviously supposed to be a caricature of Hugh Hefner. And older, rich man, check. Owns a sexy magazine, check. Dates barely legal girls, more than one at a time, who live in his mansion and have sexy pool time, check. Reality show, check. A change of the name, and a character is "created." Hannah's mom is exactly what one thinks of when you think of Hefner's exes, that have grown to old for him. Struggling, entertaining dudes via webcam, riding the tiny bit of fame she got from some awful TV show that starred her chest in it's younger years. It all screams "ripped from the headlines." Nothing original here at all. Hannah isn't one you'd root for anyway. She's got no confidence, purposely wears clothing that makes her invisible, and yet lusts after a boy based on his looks (while claiming it's for his mind, not that she really knows him or anything). And she thinks that she's going to become a nymphomaniac due to her father's genes, so yeah.

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