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Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson
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May 12, 2010

it was amazing
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Book Review
Young readers can get a good sense of what it is like to live and to go to school in New York City by reading Maureen Johnson’s Scarlett Fever. A resident of New York City, Maureen gives detailed descriptions of places and events that you only see and experience in New York. In this book, the main character is Scarlett Martin. She and her family have to move to New York City and Scarlett has to start attending a new high school during her freshman year. Maureen Johnson gives many details about how Scarlett feels about attending a school which was very different than her previous school in the south. It turns out Scarlett makes many friends and she gets a job for a movie agent named Mrs. Amberson.
Some facts about Maureen Johnson; she was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but now lives in New York City. Living in the city really helps her write books because she can just look out the window and see what events are happening and incorporate them into her stories. Johnson has written nine other books including Suite Scarlett. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a major in writing. If you would like to learn more about her, I recommend going to which includes her biography and summaries of her other books.
What I like about this book is that although it is fiction, it actually reads like a true story. I have read many fiction books and Scarlett Fever is one of my favorites. Maureen’s ‘voice’ is very strong but also easy to read. She does a good job of capturing a teenager’s mind. For example, she has Scarlett talk about why she doesn’t like school. “Day two of school, and it was already tiring. Scarlett was jealous of Spencer and Lola. They didn’t have to go through this anymore.” Many teenagers can relate to that because they don’t like going to school and are envious of their older siblings.
The best part in the book is when Scarlett’s older brother, Spencer, had doughnuts thrown at him. I can picture that happening because he is a movie star and they are frequently harassed by strangers. Spencer isn’t very happy being targeted by a doughnut throwing man because unfortunately Spencer was wearing all white which couldn’t hide the big blotches of jelly and cream. “The cream doughnut that immediately followed didn’t rupture in quite the same way as the jelly had. It got him low on the torso, leaving a cream blotch on his hip.” In this scene, Johnson does a good job of enabling the reader to picture what is going on in the book.
I strongly recommend this book to readers between the ages of 12 through 30. Maureen Johnson provides her readers with an intriguing story about the adventures of Scarlett as she adapts to living in New York City. Johnson captures the minds of typical teenagers and keeps her audience engaged to the very end.

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