Note to publishers: To survive February and March in New England, I require more books like this.
Elizabeth Scott has gone back to the love story. To which I say: PHEW. This time of year is no time for another Living Dead Girl. I've already read Something, Maybe twice, and it isn't even due out until later this month. (You can read an excerpt at Elizabeth Scott's website -- hopefully that'll tide you over. Although it'll probably just make you want to read it more. Sorry about that. Sort of.)
Something, Maybe begins: "Everyone's seen my mother naked." I was hooked from there, and I can't imagine not being hooked from there, but in case that isn't doing it for you, here's a bit more info...
Hannah is the daughter of Candy Madison, former sitcom star and current minor internet celebrity, and Jackson James, a Hugh Hefner-type who stars in a reality show about his life of debauchery and excess. For obvious reasons, Hannah has spent the last four years of her life trying to stay under the radar at her high school.
She hasn't spoken to her father in four years. She never brings her friend (yes, friend singular) home because her mother is always wandering around in lingerie between video chats. Her soulmate co-worker doesn't know he's her soulmate. And Finn, her other co-worker, is obnoxious.
Okay, you know what? I'm having a very difficult time writing this, because all I really want to sayis this: FINN!! FIIIINNNNNN!!
Finn is currently at the top of literary crush list. He's like, everything awesome rolled into one adorable package. I can't even handle how much I adore him. He's hilarious and sneakily protective and sweet and romantic without being cheesy and genuine and did I already say adorable? Yes. Yes, I did. But trust me, he earned his multi-adorable rating. Also, he would HATE Edward Cullen. So there's that, too.
I'm not giving anything away with that gush, by the way -- to meet Finn is to love him. You'll see.
Something, Maybe was a perfect ice storm read the first time around and a perfect snow day read the second time around. It's a sweet little love story, but also a good story about grief, learning to see your parents as people, and acceptance of the fact that people are what they are. While Hannah's love story is bliss, her mother's is bittersweet. So, very briefly, this book is pure comfort.
Lastly, I don't approve of the cover. Aside from the hair color, that girl bears zero resemblance to Hannah. So that's unfortunate. Because Hannah deserves better.