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Felicity St. John has it all—loyal best friends, a hot guy, and artistic talent. And she’s right on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. Her perfect life is possible because of just one thing: her long, wavy, coppery red hair.

Having red hair is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power—and everybody knows it. That’s why Felicity is scared down to her...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Claire Legrand
If Mean Girls and Drop Dead Gorgeous had a hilarious, sassy lovechild who, beneath all that sassy hilarity, had a lot of heart and compassion for the hidden misfits among us who go to any lengths to fit in, no matter how soul-crushing . . . it would be this book.

RED made me laugh and made me think, and was at times surprisingly suspenseful. Also, I read almost the entire thing in one sitting! That hardly ever happens for me. Compulsively readable, compulsively likeable, with characters you can't...more
Ellis
Upon finishing:

Um.

But seriously, how did this book not end with Felicity being sent to The School of Basic Human Decency?


The review:

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



Red might have been awesome if it had been told in the perspective of Gabby, the main antagonist, or Ivy, one of Felicity's best friends who - in her own way - is also opposed to the Scarletville ideology. Both characters possess enough scepticism to challenge the society they live in. This is cru...more
Giselle
This book is a joke, right?

No.

DNF
Cora Linn
5 Words: Clever, teen, drama, high school, blackmail.

I can't say that I 100% enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and I loved that it was a witty piece of social commentary and liked the way it was presented, but it just wasn't quite my cup of tea.

I'm not really such a fan of high-school dramas. Been there, done that, it's never like the books. Yeah, there was bitching and blackmail and bullying, but books always seem to make it so over-the-top dramatic.

This is quite a summery book - it's just...more
Wendy Darling
DNF after one chapter. This premise is just a little too zany for me, and the story feels almost better suited for a middle grade book.
Megan (Book Brats)
I don't know what I was expecting when I opened RED on my Kindle and started reading. Maybe I was expecting the wrong thing, or maybe I was just confused by how the subject was handled, but I went in expecting something akin to a deconstruction of race relations under the guise of hair color. Instead, I got a rather inane story - that I still liked, that I still thought was cute, that I still enjoyed - about a girl in a strange town where red hair is held high above all, who is hiding the fact t...more
Krys


Red is a 2013 debut young adult novel by Alison Cherry; the first debut that I have read this year. It features a small town in Iowa called Scarletville, where the denizens are largely redheads and proud of it. In fact the Redhead populace are lauded for the genetic blessings in such a way that the townsfolk spurns all other appearances and ethnicities (of which there is a diversity of this - you're either white and redhead, or white and not a redhead). It's not good to live in Scarletville unle...more
Gillian

Rating: A blah and frustrating read that sadly doesn't succeed as a satire.

Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

The cover: I mean, her hair already looks fake on the cover. Who has maroon hair, I ask you?

The story: This is going to be a very un-fun review to write. I've been looking forward to this book fro a long time, and had it on a lot of my Most Anticipated Reads of 2013 lists. I love a good satire, and sadly, this is nothing like a good satire. It's not to say this is a complete waste of 3...more
Rose
Initial reaction: Extraordinarily cliche and cheese, but parts of it managed to be entertaining. I didn't love it or hate it, but I think it could've established the satire much better than what it did for the themes it wanted to touch on. And there was a part of me that thought Felicity could've stepped up to the plate far more than she did.

Full review:

Ooh, what to say about Alison Cherry's "Red"? I'll admit that I was actually curious to read the galley for this title for a long time. The cove...more
Rae
Jan 17, 2013 Rae rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: blurbs
I liked this book so much I blurbed it! This is what I said:

"I opened RED expecting a fun beach read but was delighted to find a graceful, empathetic examination of what it's like to come of age in a conformist world. Cherry's debut is as thought-provoking as it is enchanting."
Infinite Playlist
Ich gebe es ja zu: das Buch klingt unglaublich albern. Eine Stadt, in der Haare nur heimlich in einem Hochsicherheitsfrisörsalon gefärbt werden können, damit auf keinen Fall jemand herausfindet, dass man gar kein echter Rotschopf ist. Eine Schule, in der Brünette und Blonde an den schlechtesten Cafeteriatischen sitzen und keine Chance haben je Ballkönigin oder -könig zu werden. Alles nur wegen der falschen Haarfarbe. Bescheuert oder?
Schon, aber so wie Alison Cherry es beschreibt, funktioniert’s....more
angela
You know those books where you find the synopsis utterly ridiculous? But you have to read just to see if the book is actually joke or not? I seriously thought this book was a big joke when I first read the summery. Red hair gets you the golden pass in life? wHAT. it's so ridiculous I had to read it. I was SO ready to give a full blown rant about how this book was stupid. Welllll, I guess now I can't. Because it wasn't, and it took me by one hell of a surprise. I actually ended up enjoying this a...more
Eileen
Check out more of my reviews at ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***!

I expected to love Red way more than I did. Unfortunately, although it was a somewhat addicting read, I couldn't get past the shallow stereotyping of this town and how ignorant everybody was.

Our main character Felicity had been harboring a secret for seventeen years of her life: she dyed her hair to the perfect shade of red. In Scarletville, that was a pretty big scandal, and there was even a demeaning term for these types of...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Alison Cherry’s Red was among my most-anticipated books of 2013. The concept sounded hilarious and Alison’s tweets and blog posts always made me laugh. How could this possibly go wrong? Clearly, I need to stop thinking this way, because while Red was certainly a quick read, but sadly not a good one.

Read the full review at A Reader of Fictions.
A Canadian Girl
When I first saw the summary of Red by Alison Cherry, I thought it sounded like a weirdly interesting read. Only after I read Red did I realize that it’s a satire. If you substitute being redheaded for different cultural ideals of beauty, you quickly see that it’s not just in the fictional town of Scarletville that some people have a higher status than others based on some absurd criteria.

In terms of the characters, I found it easy to empathize with Felicity because her mom is one of those pare...more
Britt☮
On its surface, this book is about a town where everything (social status, opportunities, the way peers and teachers treat you) is determined by your hair color. In Scarletville, "red is rad!" Redheads get special parking spots and places on sports teams and beauty pageants over equally qualified blondes and brunettes. Natural redheads are at the top of the social hierarchy, followed by people with other hair colors, followed by the lowest of the low: "arties," or people with artificial (dyed) r...more
Michael Jones
Scarletville, Iowa, bills itself as a National Redhead Sanctuary. Indeed, it’s a town where the vast majority of the populace are redheads. A town where gingers are worshipped, and the redder the better. Where strawberry blondes are disparagingly referred to as “strawbies” and looked down on as “not red enough.” Where those who dye their hair to fit in are dubbed “arties” and outright ostracized for their false redness. It’s the town’s dirty little secret, that blondes and brunettes are shunned,...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: Oh how I enjoyed this one. When I started it, I wasn't sure I would! We are introduced to Felicity who has red hair, or at least everyone thinks so. See, Felicity is from a town called Scarletville where everyone adores redheads. They get royalty treatment. There are so many redheads that they are in control. HEHE. Since everyone thinks Felicity is a redhead too she’s popular and everyone likes her.

Felicity’s mom has been grooming her whole life for the Miss Scarlet pageant. Not onl...more
Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Quercus books and Netgalley.)
Felicity lives in Scarletville, a place where redheads are revered. Felicity has envious red hair, but would die if anyone knew that it was only red due to frequent trips to a top-secret salon.
When someone discovers Felicity’s secret, and begins to blackmail her, Felicity sees no choice other than to give in to her blackmailer, even if it means being made to look a fool.
Who...more
Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
I was not entirely impressed with RED, even going in with relatively low expectations. I was expecting a fun, light novel but this one was a little too cliquey and middle grade for me. There is a great moral and life lesson attached though, which was RED’s redeeming quality.

RED takes place in the town of Scarletville, where, you guessed it-everyone who is anyone is redheaded. Felicity has the most coveted hair in the whole town, and is revered by her fellow redheads. The only problem is Felicity...more
Leigh Collazo

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REVIEW: One part Stepford Wives and one part Mean Girls, Red is a fresh, funny, creative story that highlights society's prejudices. While much of the story takes place at the local high school, the prejudice and discrimination against non-reds heavily infiltrates the entire community. Hair dye is not permitted, and the local colorist has to hide her salon with a series of clandestine elevators, secret passcodes, and strategically-located broom closets. These peo...more
Charli - To Another World
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Author: Alison Cherry
Publisher: Quercus (UK)
Date of Publication: January 2nd
Pages: 320
Source: eARC via Netgalley
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I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley via Quercus in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way.

Ever since I heard about Red on Twitter, I was really excited about it, so when I was approved a copy, I read it immediately! Although it didn't really sound like my ty...more
Amy Parker
This book was a fun, engaging read. I love the concept of a red head sanctuary and the idea of clandestine dye jobs. What impressed me most was the way Alison dealt with deeper social/class type issues in a new and creative way. Very well done. Tightly plotted, well-paced with sharp and funny lines that I'm still mulling over.
Danielle (is feeling overwhelmed)
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3.5 Stars

RED was a fun, cute, quick read with an entertaining albeit slightly ludicrous plot and a strong moral message that I enjoyed.

Felicity has it all, living in Scarletville, the world's only Redhead Sanctuary, she is popular, well liked, dating the hottest guy in school and a shoo-in for the upcoming Miss Scarlet pageant. Life should be perfect but Felicity is hiding a scandalous secret...she may benefit from the privilege of being a redhead but...more
Peggy
I loved this book! It was deep and thought provoking at the same time as being very fun and enjoyable. The depth of character and the character development was fabulous!
Julie
wow so much better than I thought it would be. Deep thoughts prevail in a book about pageants & hair color. I am not a cookie cutter girl :)
Lauren Morrill
A contemporary with a twist! A fun and funky story full of spark. I couldn't not cheer for Felicity!
Sarah (TotalTeenFiction)
Full review also posted here at TotalTeenFiction.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I have always wanted to be a redhead (pretty much for the same reason I have always wanted to be a twin - I loved the Lindsay Lohan version of Parent Trap as a kid) so I was super excited to start Red by Alison Cherry. The book tells the story of Felicity St John who is entering the Miss Scarlet pageant, fearful of her secret - that her glorious red...more
Martha
First off, the concept of this book was very bizarre and kind of hard to believe or get your head around at the beginning. Basically, Felicity, our main character, lives in a community where redheads thrive and are seen as superior to their blonde and brunette counterparts. However, I kind of liked how ridiculous this was, because it really drives home how prejudices are ridiculous. I could have done without the cringe-worthy “Scarletville” name of the town, however!

Felicity has a secret. She's...more
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Alison grew up in Evanston, IL. She is a professional photographer and spent many years working as a lighting designer for theater, opera, and dance. Now she lives in Brooklyn and writes young adult novels full time. Her debut, RED, is coming from Delacorte in October of 2013. She is represented by the lovely and amazing Holly Root of Waxman Leavell.
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