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Scarlett

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  27,914 ratings  ·  1,814 reviews
Come back to Tara...to Scarlett and Rhett...and to the greatest love story in all fiction. This is the book whose initial publication was an instant sensation: selling out immediately, setting new records, and enthralling readers all over the world. This is the book everyone wants to read, savor, and enjoy...
Paperback, 896 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1990)
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Namrirru
Jul 15, 2007 Namrirru rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: us
Horrible, slutty, over-dramatised, unbelievable, a very bad, bad book.

A couple months ago, I was at Barnes and Noble. A Romanian girl was talking to her American friend about how she read Gone with the Wind in Romanian. Now she'd love to read it in English. She had a book in her hands, but it was not Gone with the Wind. It was Scarlett! I informed her that the book she was holding was not Gone with the Wind, but a sequel. A horrible sequel she would regret reading. Then I picked up the right boo
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Joy
I got this book in hardback for Christmas in 1991, shortly after it was first published. It was highly anticipated and, of course, there were folks lining up on both sides of the issue as to whether it could even hope to be a worthy follow-up to Margaret Mitchell's epic novel or whether it should be judged on its own merits as the continuation of Scarlett's and Rhett's story.

No one who loved GWTW can deny that he/she WANTED to know how the story of Scarlett and Rhett turned out. Margaret Mitche
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Rory
TRASH TRASH TRASH

the only thing more insulting than this book was Timothy Dalton as Rhett Butler!
Dorothy
This book was so awful I sent it back to the publisher and demanded my money back. They sent it to me.
Heidi
Not only did I not like this book, I hated it! I fell in love with "Gone With the Wind" when I was little and watched the movie over and over with my aunts. When I finally read the book, it was one of the best I have ever read! I even fell in love with Margaret Mitchell's story and why she wrote the book.

When the made-for-tv "Scarlett" movie was made, I watched it with my sister. It wasn't the worst ever, but nothing to the original. I eventually read this book as well and thought it was writte
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Joslyn
Jul 25, 2007 Joslyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Gone With the Wind or a good love story
So I am a huge Gone With the Wind groupie. I think Clark Gable is the most gorgeous man ever and I want to be Vivan Leigh. I even own the Scarlett Collector's Item Barbie! Scarlett: A Sequel to Gone With the Wind is an amazing book. It picks up right where GWtW left off and never disappoints. It's about 880 pages, but I swear you never even notice. The storyline is believable and the plot has so many twists and turns that you're never bored. My only regret: It wasn't written early enough to make ...more
Heather
Oct 30, 2014 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: History Lovers, Romantics
Many have made the mistake of judging Scarlett by the horrible TV movie that was made from it. Please don't! This book is such a good read and really goes along with Margaret Mitchell's book. (Much was left out of the Gone With the Wind movie.)

Scarlett gives closure to Gone With the Wind fans. I've read it multiple times and have enjoyed it more each time. I definitely recommmend this book!
Krystal
This was the first book I remember being so anticipated, and dreaded at the same time. I didn't think anyone could do justice to the first story and thought they should leave well enough alone. Yet I had to read it the first chance I got, and it truly did suck, with as much force as a book can suck. The characters were watered down versions of their original glory, and Scarlet, though never an angel, was just this simpering fool of a woman that the original would never have put up with. Seriousl ...more
Ellen
As trash fiction, this was fun to read. As a sequel to GWTW it indeed gave closure; Scarlett is such a tragic character with so many flaws and strengths that it was sort of satisfying to see her finally figure out something approximating happiness.

That said, I didn't find it at all convincing. Scarlett may have realized her love for Ashley was a childish fantasy and her loves for Rhett and Melanie were real, but that doesn't mean that she would suddenly be able to throw off a lifetime of the beh
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Lisa
If GWTW had been written like this, this book would never have been written. There would have been no movie and no one would ever have heard of Vivien Leigh.

I started off with low expectations, and found that "Scarlett" was easy to read and reasonably entertaining. I knew from the start that it deserved no more than 2 1/2 stars but was planning to give it 3, because I was enjoying it. Like many, I really wanted to find out about "Act 2" of Scarlett and Rhett. When I first read GWTW, as a teenage
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Amyelyse
Jul 17, 2008 Amyelyse rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: completionists who didn't love the original
Recommended to Amyelyse by: someone who is dead to me now
If you have read Gone With The Wind you may be tempted to pick this up and "see what happens"...what happens is the author had about 16 ideas for Harlequin romances she never got around to fleshing out so she used them all for this...it's a mish mash of plot, she does sort of get the writing style of Mitchell... and she did mold the plots to the established characters somewhat deftly, but the plots and new characters are all very "brain candy romance" (which , hey I own a ton of and love...but t ...more
Brenda DiVincenzo
"What Were They Thinking?" when the estate of Margaret Mitchell agreed to publish this rag.
Lauren
Jan 26, 2008 Lauren rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NOBODY!
One of the worst books I've ever read! Don't waste your time or money on this piece of utter rubbish!
Riannon
Ok, this book was flat-out terrible. I read it because I LOVED Gone With the Wind, but in this book the characters aren't even recognizable as the same people, and do all sorts of well, just bizarre things. Scarlett goes to Ireland to get in touch with her roots, of all things. And she's always obsessing over Rhett and simpering. The real Scarlett was too self-absorbed to ever be like that!
Anyway, it's really sad for me to see one of the best literary masterpieces be sequelled by such a terrible
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Debbie Petersen
Jun 26, 2008 Debbie Petersen rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who enjoy drek like The Bridges of Madison County
Recommended to Debbie by: MOM
Shelves: absolute-drek
This book is disgraceful. Imagine the characters in Margaret Mitchell's classic as watered-down, one dimensional people with none of their original characteristics; add unlikely storylines that border on bizarre; finish with pat, easily predicted ending. Margaret Mitchell must be rolling in her grave. How anyone who loved the first book could feel that this book matches it is beyond my understanding...it would be like comparing an original Degas to a velvet clown painting purchased at a truck st ...more
Heidi
Jun 08, 2007 Heidi rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people with free time
this is an alright book. but don't read it looking for the same humor, wit, intelligence, depth or character building as gone with the wind. it's hard to go from a masterpiece of epic proportions to a follow up novel, so let's not compare them. lets just say, if you want to read one person's interpretation of what could have happened, go for it, it is not a deep read. as far as actual writing and storytelling goes, the ending is severely lacking. it seems as if ripley was under a time crunch and ...more
lyn
I hated this book. I think I was looking for some closure that I never got from GWTW.
Rose
Jun 02, 2008 Rose rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rose by: Stephanie Quinn Lawrence
When I was a freshman in college, I saw Gone with the Wind for the first time. My roomie loved the old movies and I saw it with her one weekend at her house. I loved it!

I could not believe the ending. It's so funny because I didn't know much about the movie, but I sort of knew that people were not happy with the ending. Not sure why I never was intrigued to find out why or what they were talking about.

I was up in arms after seeing the movie--how could it end that way??? Luckily, the very year I
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skein
One of the worst books ever. (Horatio Alger was a more convincing author.) I like Gone With The Wind - like, not love. What? Don't look at me like that. It's a damn engaging story. The writing is vivid and engaging, the love affairs are tumultuous, and all of the major players are a pain-in-the-ass. But it works. When Rhett dumps Scarlett, it's the perfect, inevitable culmination of their respective characters. Aaaaaannnnnddddddd ... Ripley takes a dump on all that. The ending goes like this:

"Rh
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Wirya
I read Scarlett after i read Gone With The Wind.
Both of this book is amazing..
I really love it...

Love... Love... Love...

But I haven't seen the movie of gone with the wind..

Hiks..;(

Scarlett and Gone With The Wind are bought by my father, first my dad just bought Gone With The Wind but after i read it. I start to beg my dad to buy Scarlett( I can't buy by myself for i don't have money:0 )

But... Scarlett and Gone With The Wind are very very very niceee....
Oana
I am so pissed off. And I bet my hat Margaret Mitchell is pissed off too. She is surely rolling in her grave right as we speak, or just desperately looking down toward Ripley, from that place where brilliant writers go to.

This is crap, in its purest form. And the sad thing is I would really like it if wasn't called a sequel for Gone with the Wind. Its a good B romance, trashy literature which I'm not ashamed to admit I love. I'm a sucker for easy chick lit, and I pretty much love it when him an
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Hannah
Oct 20, 2009 Hannah marked it as did-not-finish
Bleeeech.
Amy
It's difficult to know how to rate this book. Parts of it really shine. I think I'm frustrated that Ms. Mitchell herself didn't write a sequel to Gone With the Wind, and it's a little hard to know if you're supposed to like a book when some dared to touch such a classic. Over all, I appreciated some of the character development on Scarlett's part. I found it consistent with her character in Gone With the Wind, and consistent with the way a person might "grow up" after having married as young as ...more
ROBB
I believe this book came out my senior year, and we read it in school originally. I was glad I had read GWTW previously because my friends who had only seen the movie felt a bit lost when trying to read this book. I think Margaret Mitchell would be pleased with this sequal, and I think it ties up the story of Scarlett O'Hara and her family very nicely. This novel takes us off to Charleston, Savannah, and even Ireland to meet some of Scarlett's family living outside of the Atlanta area. And of co ...more
Gwennie
It was mainly ok because I was living overseas, and English langauge material was scarce enough that you'd read anything!
Annette
It is a different writer, so I expected it to be different, but I enjoyed it. I loved it actually. I couldn't put it down. Scarlett's actions drive a person nuts, because she doesn't slow down and think...but that is her character. If she had only done this instead of that..but that is Scarlett. All fire and fury and unthinking. She learned a lot though and by the end of the book she'd grown up. I was delighted that she had such a life of experience and learning. Plus she was able to meet all th ...more
Liz
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Janice
I read this book years ago, so I don't remember specific details. I do, however, CLEARLY remember thinking "Scarlett would NEVER do that" over and over and over again. I was so disappointed in it that I consciously tried my hardest to forget I ever read it....as much as I would LOVE to know what happened to Scarlett after Rhett left her, not knowing is preferable to what this book suggests.
Carolyn
Jan 26, 2008 Carolyn rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: not a living soul!
What was I thinking? This is one of the worst books ever written. Scarlett, an alcoholic? Please, we are talking blasphemy here...for the sake of all that is good in the world, stay away!
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Alexandra Ripley was an American writer best known as the author of Scarlett, the sequel to Gone with the Wind. Her first novel was Who's the Lady in the President's Bed?. Charleston, her first historical novel, was a bestseller, as were her next books On Leaving Charleston, The Time Returns, and New Orleans Legacy. Scarlett received some bad reviews, but was very successful nonetheless. She atten ...more
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“But if you knew that, why on earth did you marry her?" Rosemary asked.

"Why?" Rhett's mouth twisted in a smile.
"Because she was so full of fire and so recklessly, stubbornly brave.Because she was such a child beneath all her pretenses.Because she was unlike any woman I had ever known. She fascinated
me,infuriated me, drove me mad. I loved her as consumingly as she loved him. From the day I first laid eyes on her. It was a kind of disease."
There was a weight of sorrow in his voice. He bowed his head into his two hands and laughed shakily. His voice was muffled and blurred by his fingers. "What a grotesque practical joke life is. Now Ashley Wilkes is a free man and would marry Scarlett on a moment's notice, and I want to be rid of her. Naturally that makes her determined to have me. She wants only what she cannot have."
Rhett raised his head. "I'm afraid," he said quietly, "afraid that it will all begin again. I know that she's heartless and completely selfish, that she's like a child who cries for a toy and then breaks it once she has it. But there are moments when she tilts her head at a certain angle, or she smiles that gleeful smile, or she suddenly looks lost-and I come close to forgetting what I know.”
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“You belong with me, Scarlett, haven't you figured that out? And the world is where we belong, all of it. We're not home-and-hearth people. We're the adventurers, the buccaneers, the blockade runners. Without challenge, we're only half alive. We can go anywhere, and as long as we're together, it will belong to us. But, my pet, we'll never belong to it. That's for other people, not for us.” 26 likes
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