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Scarlett Fever (Scarlett #2)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,142 Ratings  ·  397 Reviews
From top-selling author Maureen Johnson comes the second book in the trilogy about a girl and her hotel. 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 ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Point
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Rain Misoa
Dec 02, 2011 Rain Misoa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Once again, to people who can handle stupid girls.
Recommended to Rain by: Library
Shelves: must-own
This book... really made me upset. There was so many times when I actually wanted to bang my head against the wall and other acts of self-mutilation because of how angry I got! (Also, note that I am only kidding. Hurting yourself is not the way to go... even if the book really does piss you off.) It's a little sad to say this because I genuinely enjoyed Suit Scarlett. I thought it was a well-thought out book: I enjoyed the plot, the characters (minus two), and the all-around humor to the story. ...more
Maureen E
Sep 16, 2010 Maureen E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, young-adult
by Maureen Johnson

So, this will be less of a review and more of a reaction, because I just put the book down and AUGH!

Don't get me wrong. It's great. I love Scarlett and her kooky family (remember my thing about families?). I adore Spencer (especially the scene at the party where he attempts to eat an entire bottle of maraschino cherries). long until the next book comes out? I'm not sure I can make it. I'm really not.

Like Leila, I'm totally Team Max, which surprised me quite a bit. Usu
Apr 11, 2010 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Aug 02, 2010 nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Disclaimer: I didn't like the first book. Even though I love Maureen Johnson and worship the comedic YA ground she walks upon. She's the funniest, most honest teen voice in years, but something about the first book rang hollow for me. In hindsight, I blamed the concept of life in a hotel, but looking back my original review of the book claimed the characters were the problem.


This book just hit the spot. I found it to be a much tighter story than the first part. I liked reading about ch
Oct 30, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autographed, arc
ARC rocks :)

I can't say anything since it doesn't come out until February 2010, but if you liked Suite Scarlett you will love Scarlett Fever! The characters are as lovable (or some as annoying...) as ever, and since you already know them, you can jump straight into the story. The new characters are just as appealing and by the end of the book you are torn between loving it all and hating that you still have to wait for another book to finish the story!!

[Team Max FTW!:]
Oct 16, 2012 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was perfectly happy leaving the series in the first book. I mean, it was pretty good, but nothing making me want to rush out and get the next book. And then. Max. Why am I such a sucker for these second love interests??? Gahhhhh. And he was so much more interesting than Eric.

I did spend a lot of the book wanting to shake sense into Scarlett. Her friend is a saint. Scarlett is being that girl that you’re like I LOVE YOU BUT YOU NE
Feb 23, 2010 Runa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Martins are back in full force in this sequel to Maureen Johnson's 2008 release, Suite Scarlett! Scarlett Martin and her spectacularly quirky family are up to their usual funny business, snarky and sharply witty as ever. You thought Maureen Johnson was done with characterization? You were very, very wrong indeed. Characters that seemed to be developed to death got even more complex in their new storylines. I was especially glad to see more of Marlene, even though I found her "big reveal" to ...more
Mar 17, 2010 stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2010
my oh my, i remember why Maureen Johnson is always on my "read as soon as possible" list.

(Key to the Golden Firebird is still my favorite, but this definitely redeemed Devilish for me.)

this can stand alone, but it is a sequel to Suite Scarlett. and the martins are such a crazy lovely family that i think you'll want to read everything you can about them.

i love new york, and the scarlett books love new york too.

(more to come, i have to go fall asleep now.)
Jan 28, 2011 Redvines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just now finally read the first book. It was good. I just want to read about Spencer. Is that possible? I want there to be a contest to win tickets to meet the cast of Spencer. Few will enter, Tessa will win.
Jul 18, 2012 Clarissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2012-read
I have a bone to pick with the publishing world. I picked up a copy of Scarlett Fever from my library. There was NO mention on the book that this was book number 2 in a series. Not even one clue. Ok so there was one clue. It mentioned Johnson's other works and one of them was Suite Scarlett. It was really confusing. I think I got the gist of what happened in the first book though, so props to Johnson for catching me up so quickly. Jerkface made out with Scarlett and she developed an unhealthy cr ...more
K. Bird
Nov 26, 2009 K. Bird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
****I read an ARC of this book***

I jumped into Scarlett Fever without knowing that it was a continuation of Suite Scarlett. However, the story of Suite Scarlett acts more like a deep, detailed backstory for each of the main characters rather than keeping back information a reader needs to enjoy Scarlett Fever.

And I did enjoy Scarlett Fever. Scarlett's family, the Martins, are a wonderful family to read about. I fell in love with all her siblings; her loving, crazy actor brother Spencer, her per
Feb 12, 2010 Laianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is that wow, I'm really impressed!

Maureen Johnson is always so funny and awesome in her blogs and in person, and her sense of humor really came through in this book. I feel like if I know too much about an author, I tend to apply this knowledge to my opinion of their books and so I was really pleasently surprised when this book turned out far better than my expectations.

I expected something light, average-y, but still fun to read all the same...

Just... wow. I thought the plot was g
A few years ago I read 13 Little Blue Envelopes by this same author, and I thought it was a charming book, so when this one popped up at the library during a recent browsing session, I brought it home hoping for the same kind of read.

It turns out, this is the second book in a trilogy--I wish there had been some sort of indication on the cover. It would have been nice to have the backstory from the first book before I read this one. As it is, there are some likable characters, and some not-so-li
Gosh I loved the first one, but this one, not as much. And to be fair, I think it's really more of the same, so it's funny to make these complaints?

So charming. So sweet. So cute. So fun!

But here are the people who had really interesting arcs in Scarlett Fever:

1. Spencer (of course, he is clearly Johnson's favorite character and she's practically prose-fucking him at every turn, just, please, Johnson, keep it down, he's the protag's BROTHER OK)
2. Lola geez, Lola!
3. Marlene even!
4. Chelsea gossh
Thank you to Hot Key Books for this review copy!

This was an incredibly different experience to that of the first book, and I am so glad I had the chance to review both books 1 and 2 simultaneously, since I wouldn't have gone on with the series if I didn't already own book 2. This was marvellous, when I got into it after 70-150 pages; things were happening, lives were changes, love was considered, annoying love interests were mooned over (this is where I had most of my issues, since Scarlett spen
Mar 02, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
Oh, how I love Scarlett, her family, and their tatty-yet-fabulous Hopewell Hotel!

In this sequel to the equally superb Suite Scarlett, Scarlett is now working for Mrs. Amberson at her newly started acting agency. This includes more organic food runs, sorting mail, staging PR events, befriending a strange family, and walking a small, highly anxious dog. Spencer gets a dream acting job . . . or does he? And Lola tries to figure out what do with her own life!

It's wonderful fun to slip back into the
So, I'm assuming this is the second book of a trilogy, because this didn't resolve anything, it just ended. I liked most of the characters, just like I did in the first one, but I thought the Marlene arc came from nowhere and the entire book needed more Mrs. Amberson. (And less Eric, even though he was barely in it. Yes, I hold grudges against fictional characters.) Basically, I did like this, even though this review sounds pretty negative. I love most of the characters, but the plot needed some ...more
Juniper Shore
Another three-star book from Maureen Johnson. I've read two other novels by this author (Girl at Sea and The Key to the Golden Firebird) and both of those were three-stars as well.

Johnson does some things very well. Her sense of humor is delightful, particularly in the way she uses dialog, and she has a gift for describing settings in a way that is just detailed enough to be vivid without bogging down the story in unnecessary description. Her characters are real and believable, even when they're
Aliza Purificacion
Scarlett Martin is a girl who works for Mrs. Amberson. Her life has been changing ever since she started working with her. Scarlett has to always help Mrs. Amberson with a lot of stuff. When Mrs. Amberson finds a client named Chelsea who is really different. Her mom and her brother just moved to New York for Chelsea to be in broadway. Chelsea’s mom only cares about Chelsea and not her brother Max. The only thing is Chelsea’s mom wants Scarlett to watch over Max since he is going to be in Scarlet ...more
Sep 25, 2014 Cherrywood101 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Upon completing the wonderful tale titled as Scarlett Fever, I felt a bit stunned at how author Maureen Johnson portrayed the main character in such a strong aspect in this fictional setting of eccentric families, unpropitious love, and life altering changes.
The setting I think is most important is the circumstances that the main character, Scarlett “O’Hara” Martin faces. A few examples could be their financial woes, sudden success scandals, and her busy schedule as a working assistant of a new
Ell Eastwood
I had no idea this was the second book in a series: nothing on it tells you that. Unless you go read the "previous work by the author"-section and notice that there's another book with "Scarlett" in the name, but that's the only hint.

Oh, well, just as well. I would probably not have picked it up had I known that: now I just saw an author name that I recognized but had never read, and figured it was time to give her a chance. It works well as a stand-alone, and I might pick up the first book if i
Rene Kirkpatrick
Well, Maureen Johnson is one of my favorite YA authors. This is the sequel to Suite Scarlett. Scarlett is, once again, involved in a messy family, a dilapidated hotel (her family owns it), and Mrs. Amberson, who is an agent for actors now. Eric is gone, kind of, and Max is on the horizon, kind of. The dialogue is great, it took just a bit to get going, having to remind us all what happened before complicates things, but it was good. I laughed out loud many times.
Lovely Rita
Mar 09, 2014 Lovely Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A lot of writers have tropes they go back to - but not all writers are skillful enough to make them feel fresh or give them twists so you don't feel like you're reading the same books over and over.

Sometimes when you read sequels to books that were good, it's painfully obvious the author only had enough idea for one story.

But pretty much universally, Maureen Johnson writes sequels that are as good or better than the originals. And her originals are great. She's just very talented at using the se
May 04, 2015 Bunny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Big, huge piles of meh.

I wish I liked this. I do. It's light and fluffy. But every single character is unlikeable. Even the characters I genuinely enjoyed in the first book are unlikeable. And that's a problem.

I don't even know where to begin with this. How about having someone deeply obnoxious and irritating as the completely obvious love interest? How about the horrible way Lola is treated by her family when she gets married? ("We can fix this. You can get it undone. I don't care, just f
Mar 03, 2010 Shanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This sequel to Suite Scarlett really disappointed me. The stuff that I liked in the first book - the quirky brother, the bratty little sister, the novelty of living in a hotel just got annoying in this one. It felt like so much filler to try to get to the end of the book and then I was left with a major cliffhanger that ticked me off. That said, I will read the next book to see what the heck is going to happen, but this wasn't my favorite.
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I read this months ago and forgot to review it. Ummm can't think of a real long rambling review or anything, but that's because I didn't have many issues with it. I really like Maureen Johnson's books, and this one was no exception. I thought it was a great follow-up to Suite Scarlett, cute and funny and original … can't wait for more Scarlett books! (At least, I sure hope there are going to be more!)
I love and hate Scarlett Fever for a number of reasons.

I love it for one half of the plot, which is basically about money problems, and the Martin kids trying to figure out/come to terms with what they each want to do with their lives. That half was really interesting. No, I actually loved it, especially because each character was in a unique position, therefore we get an insight of several perspectives.
I've read books about families going through financial struggles before, but it never felt q
Gwen the Librarian
I normally love Maureen Johnson's books, but this one was just ho-hum. From the beginning, I wasn't all that interested in Scarlett's whining about her miserable life. What does redeem the story is the colorful cast of characters in the Martin family. The story line that follows Scarlett's brother as he embarks on a television career is lots of fun.
Erinn Batykefer
It's been a while since I read Suite Scarlett, but this installment in her story plunged me right back into her nutty world. I like that she's not afraid to eat, that she's smart and funny, and that she's so tentative and easily bruised by first love. Again, this is one of Maureen Johnson's books that has characters that fall away at the end (Max), like she was writing along thinking they'd be important (and making you pay attention to them like they're important) and when oops, nope, he's a jer ...more
Dec 29, 2015 Kri'Shonna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, favorites, fun-ny
I actually liked this one better than the first book! I just hate that it sorta ended on a cliff hanger.. I wanted to know if Scarlett & Eric got back together or if she & Max started going out.. I also wanted to fin out more about the wedding that was suppose to take place.. However, the lying has to stop! The children are pretty much raising their own selves. Parental guidance is never around till much later... I was very excited that Spencer got his big break put it all came to a halt ...more
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