Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Review: Scarlett Fever

Title: Scarlett Fever
Author: Maureen Johnson
Published: 2010 by Scholastic
Version: Hardcover
Obtained: Library

Ever since Mrs. Amberson, the former-aspiring-actress-turned-agent, entered Scarlett Martin's life, nothing has been the same.

She's still in charge of the Empire Suite in her family's hotel, but she's now also Mrs. Amberson's assistant, running around town for her star client, Chelsea - a Broadway star Scarlett's age with a knack for making her feel insignificant.

Scarlett's also trying to juggle sophomore year classes, her lab partner who is being just a little TOO nice, and getting over the boy who broke her heart.

In the midst of all this, her parents drop a bombshell that threatens to change her New York life forever...

First Sentence:
"It was four-thirty in the morning, and Scarlett wanted answers."

Hey, heads up!! This is a review of a book that is NUMBER 2 in a series. Therefore, if you do not want plot pieces from this one to spoil aspects of the first one’s plot, STOP and retrace your steps until you find that time you almost read Suite Scarlett. Read it now, then return to me.

Once again Maureen Johnson flings her amazing talents down upon us. The sequel, just like Suite Scarlett, is beautifully written, fantastically funny, and very relatable.

Scarlett is still neck-deep in crazy. It wasn’t just for the summer, it’s during the school year too. Mrs. Amberson has started a business, and she has Scarlett helping her out by getting to know clients. One, named Chelsea, has a brother named Max, who is in Scarlett’s school and is driving her insane. Spencer is having some problems at his new job, Lola is in a slump, and Marlene is actually being nice. Also, she is trying to get over Eric, and failing. Miserably.

I loved being able to see Scarlett in school. The first book was during the summer, so we never met her school friends, or watched her try to juggle work and school. Scarlett has an amazing ability to handle so much at her throat at still get out ahead. She even manages to keep up with the homework at her advanced high school.

My new favorite character is Max. I love him. In the beginning, I loved his complete horribleness, and near the ending, I loved him more than I loved Scarlett. I loved how he slowly revealed more of himself to her, and we finally saw his awesomeness. If only stupid Eric would just LEAVE, life would be so much better.

I can’t say much else, except that you should definitely read this series as it is simply WONDERFUL. Maureen Johnson has pulled a dirty trick on us by starting another series. Now we’ll have to wait longer for the new installments of each series. (I speak of the Shades of London series, which is REALLY good, review of The Name of the Star coming soon!)

Also, if this is only a trilogy, be warned this is the classic “middle book” which is a bit of a downer and ends with a mild cliff-hanger.

Content Warning: Kissing, language.


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