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Suite Scarlett (Scarlett #1)

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,729 Ratings  ·  949 Reviews
Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small Art Deco hotel in the heart of New York City. When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite. For Scarlett's fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite and a permanent guest named Mrs. Amberson. Scarlett doesn't quite k ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Point
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Mar 01, 2011 Lucy rated it it was ok
Suite Scarlett is about a girl who has just turned fifteen. Scarlett lives with her mother, father, two sisters, and her older brother in a hotel in Manhattan. The hotel is more or less just scrapping by. This is emphasized in the opening scene where her parents prepare her birthday breakfast, having let a very capable cook go due to budget cutbacks.

The gifts Scarlett receives from her family are meant to give us indicators of their personality or, if they are lacking a personality, their finan
Jun 02, 2008 Rosianna rated it really liked it
A brilliant book; I found myself drawn in by the witty, intelligent Scarlett who even possessed shades of English sarcasm, a quality I love in protagonists! The setting, the progressively deteriorating Hopewell Hotel in the centre of New York City was the perfect location for this funny, endearing and generally wonderful story which didn't put a damper on my lifelong dream of living in a hotel. The best aspect of this story wasn't the humour or setting, however, but the fantastic characterisatio ...more
Dec 12, 2008 Kelly rated it it was ok
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Sep 08, 2011 rhea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to rhea by: walker
This book was cute and I in no way mean that condescendingly. If I was in high school this series may have been my favorite and I would pass it around to friends, do I know any teens of the right age now? Scarlett is the least annoying 15 year old I've ever read in a book, that I can remember. She was real, I would've been friends with her or maybe I would've been her. Her emotions, thoughts, worries, etc. were realistic and not just her, her 3 siblings were very real too. There's a romance in
Dec 30, 2009 Angelc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scarlett Martin's large family runs and lives in the Hopewell Hotel in Manhattan. The Hopewell has seen better days and the family will do what it takes to keep the business afoot. Scarlett feels like the only one of her friends who actually stayed in Manhattan for the summer. But she won't be bored long, thanks to a new guest, the glamorous Mrs. Amberson, checking in.

I loved Scarlett's relationship with her family, especially the tight bond with her older brother, Spencer. The characters and re
Steph (Reviewer X)
Jan 28, 2009 Steph (Reviewer X) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANYONE.
Recommended to Steph by: Amee Enders
Reposted from my original blog post, here.

Y’all, I think there’s something inherently wrong with me, because I had never, ever read a page upon which MJ bestowed her glorious talent prior to this made of awesome 300+-page collection of MJ scribe.

I know.

As I have said many, many, many times before here and everywhere else where I am present and books are discussed (or I turn the conversation over to books), there’s no better way to enamor me than a great, well written and developed cast of charac
*3.5 stars*

At first I didn't really like this because I didn't like the characters. It started out as a 2 star book but as I was reading it more it got way way better. I really liked Spencer and Eric. Marlene was kinda odd and Lola was ok. Scarlett I quite liked too.
The story was interesting. I liked that it was about a play etc. I did really think that mrs Amberson was annoying but I wasn't really annoyed by her anymore towards the end.
I will be picking up Scarlett Fever because I want to know
Nandini Goel

This book, fellow readers, is a disgrace to the magnificent term 'YA Contemporary' that I hold above all else. Suite Scarlett disappointed me on so many grounds, I don't know where to start. This was wrong in all possible proportions and I might juST HURL THE BOOK ACROSS THE ROOM.

1. The culprit: Maureen Johnson. After reading Let It Snow and absolutely adoring Johnson's story because of how stinkingly cute it was, I expected something similar from this book. Let's j
Aug 03, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original post at One More Page

I've heard a lot about Maureen Johnson from YA contemporary circles, but somehow, I never really got around to getting her books. This almost feels like a sin for someone who loves contemporary YA as much as I do. So at the back of my mind, I have this little to-buy list that includes one of Maureen Johnson's books in case I wanted to splurge on something, but winning a giveaway during Armchair BEA saved me from spending and instead, I got an audiobook of Suite Sca
Sep 24, 2008 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-uns, ya
Somewhere in between the release of Girl at Sea and Suite Scarlett, I'm embarrassed to admit that I think I may actually have forgotten, for just a second, how funny Maureen Johnson is. I mean the hunching your shoulders, tongue caught between your teeth, giggling kind of funny. I read her blog regularly, so I shouldn't be a bit surprised. But Suite Scarlett was even funnier than her previous books. It was like concentrated Essence of Johnson: charmingly and unrepentantly hilarious. They really ...more
Jul 16, 2008 Lindsay rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Um...well. This is one of those books about a young girl who doesn't know how beautiful she is and has a crush on her older brother's impossibly good looking friend. If you like that sort of thing then there you go.
Unfortunately Scarlett is the least interesting character in this book. Her family owns an old hotel in New York City and the best parts of the book come from her interactions with Mrs. Amberson, the hotel's eccentric guest, and Scarlett's siblings.
Jan 04, 2010 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, own, contemporary
Dear Maureen Johnson, I worship at your alter. Your books completely charm me.

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson deals with what happens to Scarlett Martin on her fifteenth birthday, when as family tradition dictates, she gets a key to a suite in the family hotel and must take care of the suite and whomever stays in the suite.
Read the rest of my review
Gabriela Roberts
Apr 01, 2014 Gabriela Roberts rated it really liked it
To me this book was fun and exciting. Living in a hotel already sounded fun but the ordeals she goes through living with her siblings is homely and cute. Her connection to her brother is heart-warming and their love for each other is touching in a sense. The empathy you feel towards her given her situation really helps a person connect to her and all that happens to her. The whole idea of a not so secret love is thrilling and heat racing, giving Scarlett's life a fun twist to her already extraor ...more
Feb 19, 2015 Jone rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fue un libro que adquirí en una tienda de un aeropuerto con la intención de empezar a leerlo durante un viaje de unas cuatro horas aproximadamente. No había oído nunca hablar de él, ni me sonaba tan siquiera la portada, el título o el argumento.
Sin ninguna referencia previa, comencé a leerlo. Los primeros capítulos de introducción a la historia, la situación y los personajes, eran simples. Se entendían bien y a pesar de algunos detalles poco relevantes, era una lectura ligera. A medida que iba
Rain Misoa
Jul 10, 2011 Rain Misoa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Only those who are able to stand stupid girls with guys.
Recommended to Rain by: Library
Shelves: must-own
Wow... I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. It was actually pretty good. This is my first novel that I've read by Maureen Johnson and I am not disappointed in picking this book up. Mind you, there are some things that I found a bit annoying but that didn't deter me from finishing or liking this book. The plot had me hooked! I wanted to know what was going to happen with the play of Hamlet, what was happening between Mrs. Amberson and her "past," and see how everything was goin ...more
Oct 15, 2008 JoLee rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2008
Scarlett's family lives in and operates a run-down hotel in New York City. The Martin family is in some financial trouble. The hotel isn't doing so well. It's an absolute money drain. Meanwhile, Spencer, the oldest child and only boy, is given an ultimatum from his parents--find a paying acting job in one week or take a scholarship at a culinary school. Scarlett gets to work helping her favorite sibling while juggling the antics of a very strange guest, Amy Amberson, who eventually gets involved ...more
Aug 09, 2011 walker rated it liked it
A novel doesn't have to be perfect to make me think, and a hypothetical perfect novel might not even help me express myself the same way that this book did. So I guess what that might mean is that sometimes "good" is better than "perfect", and Maureen Johnson, don't take the three stars personally. They mean "good".

Part of what I enjoyed about my reading of Suite Scarlett is that it explored multiple traditions in modern literature. It might be marketed as a "girl book", and it probably is one,
Oct 20, 2014 Vir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un 3,5 en realidad

Suite Scarlett es una lectura sencilla, divertida, fresca y muy disparatada. Con unos personajes algo peculiares que vivirán situaciones de lo más rocambolescas, con las que conseguirán sacarnos un montón de carcajadas.

SETTING : New York

A more precise SETTING : The Hopewell hotel on the Upper East Side. Family-run, the art deco hotel personified Jazz Age New York glamour. Sadly, all it personifies today is a pitiable lack of funds and staff.

HEROINE : Just turned fifteen Scarlett Martin. Scarlett is a fairly grounded teenager who helps her family keep the Hopewell in working condition. She has a closet dream of being a writer and a more urgent dream of not being flat broke. Scarlett has also been given the resp
Jan 11, 2014 Ying rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This was another great book from Maureen Johnson with dynamic parts and suspenseful chapters. Scarlett was one of the richest, most developed characters in the story and I liked how Spencer was written. However, sometimes I felt the actions were too fast paced and that there weren't enough developing details. Overall, this was a good read and had me wishing for more at the last page.
Stacey (prettybooks)
It had been a while since I picked up a Maureen Johnson book. I last read 13 Little Blue Envelopes and The Name of the Star back in 2011 and so I thought it was about time to try some of her earlier young adult contemporary novels, since they were newly published in the UK. I was under the impression that they were nearer the fluffy end of contemporary – not that there's anything wrong with that, I just usually go for either 'really sad' or 'witty and really cute' – but what I found was that ...more
Meg ♥
Oct 21, 2011 Meg ♥ rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, z-2011-reads
Scarlet was an adorable character and I liked her a lot. Sadly this book didn't draw me in at all and halfway through I stopped reading.
May 01, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Suite Scarlett is a novel that gives off the feeling of perky innocence. The main character, Scarlett Martin, is so easy easy to like that you're immediately swept up into her wholesome personality. Suite Scarlett strays very far from my usual young adult tastes for paranormal or scandalous books and at times I found myself wondering where the big conflict in the plot was. Of course, Suite Scarlett is realistic fiction, and therefore the big conflict was all those little things along the way - h ...more
Jun 23, 2015 Lizzie rated it really liked it
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Sarah BT
Jun 30, 2009 Sarah BT rated it really liked it
The few things I've read by Maureen Johnson have been hit or miss for me. I read 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and while I liked it, I didn't love it. Maureen's short story in Let It Snow, on the other hand was my favorite out of the collection and I wanted to read a book based on that story. So when I first saw Suite Scarlett, I liked the idea, but I was nervous about if I would like it or not.

I shouldn't have worried because Suite Scarlett was a delight. I love the Martin family (in some ways the
Apr 18, 2008 Lynn rated it really liked it
Maureen Johnson rocks! I have enjoyed all her books and this one was a total delight. Imagine growing up in an historic art deco hotel in the heart of New York City. Scarlett Martin's family has run the Hopewell Hotel for generations but the hotel is definitely showing its age and guests are getting scarce. The whole family has to pitch in so Scarlett is looking at a summer of changing sheets, convincing the tempermental toilets to run and sitting at the front desk. Then the alarming Mrs. Ambers ...more
Suite Scarlett is the first book I have ever read by Maureen Johnson and I really liked it. I liked it so much that I believe I will definitely be reading more books by Maureen Johnson.

Before reading Suite Scarlett I knew it was a book about a girl who lives in a hotel and that she had a cool brother called Spencer. This kind of made me think of the television programme The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. After reading Suite Scarlett I can now say that no, this is not like The Suite Life of Zack an
Melissa McShane
Oct 31, 2012 Melissa McShane rated it really liked it
Scarlett's family owns a hotel in New York City that used to be famous, but now is just run-down and going bankrupt. They have to let the cook go the morning of Scarlett's fifteenth birthday, ruining the family tradition of an amazing breakfast; her older sister Lola keeps coming to her to keep their parents from finding out she's skipping out on her job to be with her incredibly wealthy boyfriend; her older brother wants her help keeping their parents from finding out his new acting gig isn't a ...more
Ashlie L'Homme-Mueller
Jan 22, 2011 Ashlie L'Homme-Mueller rated it it was amazing
Though Maureen Johnson maintains an almost detached sort of tone throughout her writing, what makes it work is the drive of the story and characters. Fortunately for Johnson, each one is successful.

Scarlett Martin is one of the four Martin siblings who live with their family in the once-extravagant Hopewell Hotel. At age fifteen, each acquires a room to take care of. It just so happens on Scarlett’s fifteenth birthday, a permanent guest takes up residence in the Empire Suite she is to care for.
Jul 06, 2009 Adele rated it liked it
It's a truth universally acknowledged that Adele prefers Maureen Johnson's secondary characters over her protagonists. Suite Scarlett was a cute read - it was fun, frothy and focused on the apple of every YA blogger's eye, Spencer. It has a nice heart, some nice introspection but it failed to rock my world.

First of all, Spencer is great in that he's the male focus of this novel, being the big brother rather than the love interest. He's funny, he's charming, he's flawed. Like 13 Little Blue Envel
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