The first one of John's books I read, and my favorite. Often regarded as a product of his "mid-career crisis," I find it a gem full of funny anecdotes...moreThe first one of John's books I read, and my favorite. Often regarded as a product of his "mid-career crisis," I find it a gem full of funny anecdotes and geeky facts that I found rather interesting. Definitely a favorite of mine, would read again.
The protagonist, Colin Singleton (a real "nerd"), has developed an equation based on all his past relationships. The equation is meant to apply to any relationship involving two people, as he believes math and reason will answer any problem. It turns out, Colin has had relationship issues of his own; every girl he has dated is named Katherine. As the history of the Katherines is revealed, the geeky narrator flaws are also unraveled. (minor spoiler:)(view spoiler)[It turns out much of his love life has been centered around the one girl he never got over. I found Colin relate-able and easy to empathize with as I believe no one can ever truly forget their first crush. (hide spoiler)]
I imagine that most of the people who don't like this book are simply judging it against John's others. I admit, the style is much different, the storyline is more "lovey-dovey," and there is no profound realization of self as in Looking for Alaska or Paper Towns. But this book was just what I needed after a long day of school, which is all I needed it to be. I finished it in a few days, then headed back to the library to pick up another book of his.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The characters seem more like pre-teens than high school age. The main character is a stereotypical "my life sucks" sort of teenager, mad at her dad f...moreThe characters seem more like pre-teens than high school age. The main character is a stereotypical "my life sucks" sort of teenager, mad at her dad for making her work with him, in love with the most popular boy at school, etc. My sister read the book as well (she's two years younger than me) and she loved it. Maybe my opinion is just jaded by all of the teen movies that I see with the same plot.(less)
I can hardly wait to read the sequel! I also feel a strong urge to travel across Europe soon... maybe not backpack with instructions from a runaway au...moreI can hardly wait to read the sequel! I also feel a strong urge to travel across Europe soon... maybe not backpack with instructions from a runaway aunt, but definitely travel.(less)
A BIT TOO YOUNG FOR MY TASTE, BUT ANOTHER FUN READ FROM MAUREEN NONETHELESS :D
Set in New York City, Suite Scarlett chronicles the summer of Scarlett M...moreA BIT TOO YOUNG FOR MY TASTE, BUT ANOTHER FUN READ FROM MAUREEN NONETHELESS :D
Set in New York City, Suite Scarlett chronicles the summer of Scarlett Martin's freshman year. The Martins live in a hotel; the book starts off with "Act 1." There are 4 acts in total, each separating the book into key events and beginning with a fictional articles offering reviews of the family's hotel. The "reviews" were a bit uninteresting to me, but I believe they were put in to emphasize the fact that although Scarlett takes the hotel for granted, there was a lot of history that happened in it that shouldn't be taken for granted (which she seemed to do with many aspects of her life).
Scarlett has just turned fifteen when the book begins, which in all honesty, sparked me to set low expectations for the novel. Although I like reading YA fiction, I try to keep the age range out of high school, as I am already in college and find it a bit strange to read about, well, fifteen year olds. However, Scarlett's older brother, Spencer who is 19, changed my mind. He quickly became my favorite character; his relationship with Scarlett is close. He is very protective while at the same time able to joke with her and be more of a friend than a sibling. He is an aspiring actor, being urged to go to culinary school by his parents, and the real story begins when he gets the role of one of the cronies, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, in a community production of Hamlet.
BUT ... Where does Scarlett fit into this plot? Well, (minor spoilers) (view spoiler)[it is here we are introduced to the eventual love interest of Scarlett, Eric, a college guy who is cast as the second part of the comedy duo. Whatever time that she used to spend alone, she now found an excuse to tag along with Spencer for a chance to see her crush. Eric is immediately interested in her, but she just can't seem to figure out why. It's a bit cliche, but I found myself hoping for this relationship to work. Then, I remember ... SCARLETT IS ONLY FIFTEEN! It's very easy for me to forget, but there is quite an age gap. When Spencer finds out about the fling, he is, understandably, very protective and a little perturbed. Scarlett gets moody, Spencer ignores her, Eric becomes distant as well and drops a bomb on both of them ... I won't spoil it all! (hide spoiler)]
Overall, this book was an enjoyable read, as expected with Maureen Johnson. I would have really loved it if the protagonist were out of her adolescent years, but it's just a personal preference. I would recommend this book to any girl in high school, as they would probably appreciate it more than I did. Spencer made the novel worth reading for me, though. Cheesy reasoning, yes; forgive me! Occasionally I found myself hoping for more of him. I plan on reading the sequel, Scarlett Fever, in the future, as I did enjoy the family dynamic and find Maureen's writing very fun :)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)