ABSOLUTELY MAYBE by Lisa Yee

ABSOLUTELY MAYBE

Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

In an unusual inciting incident for what is essentially a feel-good comedy, Yee’s cleverly conceived and executed new tale begins to rock when Maybe’s stepfather-to-be tries to rape her. Furious because her oft-married mother doesn’t believe her story, the almost 17-year-old takes off for California to find her biological father, a man she knows nothing about. Traveling with Maybe is her best friend, Ted, an adopted Asian boy who is small of stature but huge in terms of personality, and Hollywood, a talented, budding filmmaker. In California, the teens follow separate trajectories, each struggling to find his or her place in the world. Although the novel makes (sometimes great) leaps in terms of credibility, Yee plays to her strengths, wittily delineating the quirky, eccentric humanity of her heartfelt characters as they search for acceptance and love. Tragic, comic and heartwarming by turns, the narrative provides a brightly drawn assemblage of teens and adults readers will root for, right up to an ending that manages to be both Chekhovian in its lack of resolution and satisfyingly schmaltzy—in the best possible way. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-439-83844-3
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Levine/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2009




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