Thursday, April 15, 2010

Scarlett Fever (YA review)

Jacket description:
"Faced with her family's financial woes, Scarlett has taken on the job of assistant/indentured servant to a newly minted theatrical agent, professional eccentric Mrs. Amy Amberson. Scarlett ends up at the beck and call of a Broadway star (her own age!), dealing with territorial doormen, and walking a small dog with insecurity issues- all while starting her sophomore year at one of New York's most rigorous high schools.

It doesn't help that Scarlett's brain is clouded with thoughts of Eric, her former sort-of boyfriend. She has thousands of things to say to him, if only he would call. And then there's her new lab partner, the impossible Max, who's on a quest to destroy what little mind she has left.

Meanwhile, her older brother, Spencer, has become New York City's most controversial TV villain; her ever-reliable older sister, Lola, is sliding off the rails; and her younger sister, Marlene, most worryingly, has suddenly become...nice.

But somehow Scarlett will prevail...right?"

I was one of the few that wasn't really into Suite Scarlett. It was ok, but nothing I was raving about, though so many others definitely did rave. I've been converted into a huge fan by Maureen Johnson's second Scarlett book though and I'm scolding myself over not loving the first one!

Scarlett really is a likable, hysterically real character, whom you can't help but laugh at and with. She thinks like a teen girl (though maybe not a 15 year old, I picture her about 18 or 19) and acts like a teen girl, obsessing over boys. Her living situation is unique, for sure, and that helps to make the story interesting and fun, even if finances are a problem for her family. You'll enjoy reading about life in a hotel and the antics her family participates in on a regular basis.

All of the secondary characters are just as intriguing as Scarlett (I would love a book devoted to Spencer or Lola or even Marlene) and you'll get into each of their stories individually. I laughed out loud so many times and found myself cringing as Scarlett continued to get herself into embarrassing mishaps. SO entertaining!

Even if you weren't totally in love with Suite Scarlett, Scarlett Fever will win you over. Two thumbs up for Scarlett and her quirky life!

Overall rating: 4 out of 5

Scarlett Fever
Maureen Johnson
352 pages
Young Adult
February 2010
Review copy received from publisher

To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon. I am an Associate and will receive a small percentage of the purchase price. Thanks!

1 comment:

nomadreader said...

I really enjoyed Suite Scarlett, and I'm looking forward to reading this one soon. I'm glad to hear you liked it!