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 MA 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 :)...more
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 auI 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....more
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 fThe 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....more