A Young Adult novel for ages 12 and up
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Meet Maybelline "Maybe" Chestnut - Goth girl and daughter of Chessy Chestnut, owner of the number one (and only) charm school in Kissimmee, Florida. When Chessy refuses to tell Maybe who her father is -- or to protect her from her latest scuzzball fiance -- Maybe heads to California to find her biological dad, who doesn’t even know she exists.
Accompanied by her friends, budding filmmaker, Hollywood, and the irrepressible Thammasat Tantipinichwong Schneider (Ted for short), Maybe is ready to get on with her life. However, Los Angeles is nothing like she thought it would be. Maybe hadn’t counted on being homeless--and finding her father becomes nearly impossible.
But what Maybe discovers along the way is an aging movie star, an insecure model, and a famous photographer. Plus, a trio of terrifying toddlers, and Jessica, the proprietor of Benito’s Taco Truck #3.
Hilarious, heartbreaking and heartwarming, the characters in ABSOLUTELY MAYBE will stay with you long after you’ve finished the book.
"Yee’s strong point is character, and she shines here, creating a lovable cast of distinctive characters whose quirks complement each other in odd and productive ways . . . a funny, tender coming-of-age story.”
-- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Moving from middle grade into YA fiction, Yee brings both a flair for comic timing and a sense of pathos . . . the characters are complex and their friendships layered they sweep readers up in their path.”
-- Publishers Weekly
“ . . . cleverly conceived and executed . . . 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.” --Kirkus
“Maybe’s search takes her to unexpected places, and readers will absolutely enjoy the ride.” - Horn Book