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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Absolutely Maybe

Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee (February 1st 2009)

Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5

Summary: “Meet Maybelline “Maybe” Chestnut. She may be named for her mother’s favorite brand of mascara, but she has a mind—hair color—all her own.

Meet her mother, Chessy—that is Chessamay Chestnut Abajian Wing Marshall Wing Sinclair Alvarez and soon-to-be Himmler. The one man she didn’t marry? Maybe’s father

Meet Ted and Holloywood, a.k.a. Maybe’s best friends. When Chessy chooses her latest scuzzball fiancé over her daughter, the trio sets out to find Maybe’s dad in California.

Where they meet Los Angeles: city of swimming pools, movie stars, and a whole lot of surprises, including an aging screen actress, a famous photographer, three makeovers, a Roll-Royce, and a taco truck. Hollywood makes a film; Ted makes his fortune. But the biggest surprise may be Maybe herself…”

Review: Absolutely Maybe was absolutely amazing. The biggest attraction to this book was definitely the characters. With their huge personalities each and every character is unforgettable.

What I love about them were their names. Take Maybelline Mary Katherine Mary Ann Chestnut also known as Maybe or Thammasat Tantipinichwong Schneider or just plain Ted if you will. What makes this work so well was because it was meant to be humorous, to be the non-norm.

I greatly enjoy the progression of the storyline. It wasn’t all about finding Maybe’s father, but it was still included. I love the whole finding your way in life and the struggles it takes, with the added twist of Kool-Aid hair dye.

My only criticism is that it dragged a bit in the middle. It got a bit tiring reading about Maybe’s struggles to find a place to stay, granted the things she did in between searching were hilarious.

There isn’t much more I can say about this book except that it was hilarious from start to finish but with other fine details in-between that worked out marvelously.

Overall: A must read!

Cover B+


  1. This is the highest grade on a book that you've given in the last few days, I think. Makes me want to bump it up my TBR pile. Great review, BTW. :)

  2. I've got this in my TBR pile. I love the great cover and the names too! Nice review! (:

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this book. I've been wanting to read it.

  4. I love the long and long-winded names! Holy cow, those are the married names? Did she not drop them after what I assume to be divorces - is she a sort of black widow?

    I love living vicariously through fictional characters with outrageous hair colors! I'm too scared to bleach my hair for fear it'll never grow back as black! :/