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Absolutely Maybe 1 Edition
Contributor(s): Yee, Lisa
ISBN: 0439838444     ISBN-13: 9780439838443
Publisher: Arthur a Levine
    OUR PRICE: $16.82  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: February 2009
Annotation: Meet Maybelline Mary Katherine Mary Ann Chestnut, named for two Miss Americas and her mother Chessy's favorite brand of mascara. Chessy teaches the students in her charm school her Seven Select Rules for Young Ladies, but she won't tell Maybe who her real father is -- or protect her from her latest scuzzball boyfriend. So Maybe hitches a ride to California with her friends Hollywood and Thammasat Tantipinichwong Schneider (aka Ted) -- and what she finds there is funny, sad, true, and inspiring . . . vintage Lisa Yee.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mothers and daughters; Fiction.
Fathers; Fiction.
Runaways; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2008017787
Lexile Measure: 570
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" W x 1.00" (0.95 lbs) 274 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 128540
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q45770
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 16.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Lisa Yee's novels include Millicent Min, Girl Genius; Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time (an ALA Notable Book); the Bobby chapter book series, and most recently, Warp Speed. She is also the author of the American Girl books, Good Luck, Ivy, Aloha Kanani and Good Job, Kanani. Please visit her website at

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #2)
Florida high school junior Maybe (short for Maybelline, her mother's favorite mascara) runs away to California to search for her birth father. She has many reasons to leave -- she keeps getting beaten up by the popular girls who attend her mother's charm school; her serial-bride mom is getting married for the seventh time. Oh -- and her mother's fiance, Jake, attempts to rape her, and her mother thinks Maybe lured Jake into bed. This plot turn comes as a surprise in what had until then been more of a comic novel, but the incident adds intensity to Maybe's search for her father. The rest of the book continues in a much lighter vein and ends on a happy, wacky note, with characters providing a lot of the humor (as, for instance, Maybe's friend Ted: a celebrity-crazed Thai adoptee sweetly devoted to his adoptive family, he becomes similarly devoted to the aging movie goddess for whom he works). Maybe's search takes her to unexpected places, and readers will absolutely enjoy the ride. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 January #4)

Moving from middle grade into YA fiction, Yee (Millicent Min, Girl Genius) brings both a flair for comic timing and a sense of pathos. Maybe (short for Maybelline, her mother's favorite mascara) dyes her hair with Kool-Aid, hides her figure under baggy T-shirts and wears ratty sneakers—all acts of rebellion against her alcoholic, pageant-queen mom, proprietor of a charm school in Kissimee, Fla.. After her serial bride mother's latest fianc attempts to rape her (and tells her credulous mother that Maybe came on to him), Maybe runs away to Los Angeles in search of the father she's never met, armed with only his first name, plus her two best friends: supportive Ted and Hollywood, who is going to study filmmaking at USC. Although things fall into place rather neatly (Ted lands a job with a benevolent Gloria Swanson type; Hollywood wins a prize for a documentary about Maybe, and after one or two bumps, Maybe finds a luxurious home with a former stepfather), the characters are complex and their friendships layered—they sweep readers up in their path. Ages 12–up. (Feb.)

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