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Suite Scarlett

(Scarlett #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  12,752 ratings  ·  1,011 reviews
Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small Art Deco hotel in the heart of New York City. When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite. For Scarlett's fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite and a permanent guest named Mrs. Amberson. Scarlett doesn't quite k ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Point
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Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Suite Scarlett is about a girl who has just turned fifteen. Scarlett lives with her mother, father, two sisters, and her older brother in a hotel in Manhattan. The hotel is more or less just scrapping by. This is emphasized in the opening scene where her parents prepare her birthday breakfast, having let a very capable cook go due to budget cutbacks.

The gifts Scarlett receives from her family are meant to give us indicators of their personality or, if they are lacking a personality, their finan
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
A brilliant book; I found myself drawn in by the witty, intelligent Scarlett who even possessed shades of English sarcasm, a quality I love in protagonists! The setting, the progressively deteriorating Hopewell Hotel in the centre of New York City was the perfect location for this funny, endearing and generally wonderful story which didn't put a damper on my lifelong dream of living in a hotel. The best aspect of this story wasn't the humour or setting, however, but the fantastic characterisatio ...more
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Aug 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to rhea by: walker

This book was cute and I in no way mean that condescendingly. If I was in high school this series may have been my favorite and I would pass it around to friends, do I know any teens of the right age now? Scarlett is the least annoying 15 year old I've ever read in a book, that I can remember. She was real, I would've been friends with her or maybe I would've been her. Her emotions, thoughts, worries, etc. were realistic and not just her, her 3 siblings were very real too. There's a romance i
Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scarlett Martin's large family runs and lives in the Hopewell Hotel in Manhattan. The Hopewell has seen better days and the family will do what it takes to keep the business afoot. Scarlett feels like the only one of her friends who actually stayed in Manhattan for the summer. But she won't be bored long, thanks to a new guest, the glamorous Mrs. Amberson, checking in.

I loved Scarlett's relationship with her family, especially the tight bond with her older brother, Spencer. The characters and re
Steph (Reviewer X)
Sep 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANYONE.
Recommended to Steph by: Amee Enders
Reposted from my original blog post, here.

Y’all, I think there’s something inherently wrong with me, because I had never, ever read a page upon which MJ bestowed her glorious talent prior to this made of awesome 300+-page collection of MJ scribe.

I know.

As I have said many, many, many times before here and everywhere else where I am present and books are discussed (or I turn the conversation over to books), there’s no better way to enamor me than a great, well written and developed cast of charac
Aug 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

This book, fellow readers, is a disgrace to the magnificent term 'YA Contemporary' that I hold above all else. Suite Scarlett disappointed me on so many grounds, I don't know where to start. This was wrong in all possible proportions and I might juST HURL THE BOOK ACROSS THE ROOM.

1. The culprit: Maureen Johnson. After reading Let It Snow and absolutely adoring Johnson's story because of how stinkingly cute it was, I expected something similar from this book. Let's j
*3.5 stars*

At first I didn't really like this because I didn't like the characters. It started out as a 2 star book but as I was reading it more it got way way better. I really liked Spencer and Eric. Marlene was kinda odd and Lola was ok. Scarlett I quite liked too.
The story was interesting. I liked that it was about a play etc. I did really think that mrs Amberson was annoying but I wasn't really annoyed by her anymore towards the end.
I will be picking up Scarlett Fever because I want to know
Kim Kaso
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy this author, and I very much enjoyed this book. Over the weekend I listened to a podcast on Stagecraft with Tom Hiddleston discussing a variety of topics, including Shakespeare & roles he had done. At the time the interview was recorded, he had recently done Hamelet with Kenneth Branagh directing. I sent a link to some friends, and ended up in a lengthy discussion about Shakespeare. That night, I picked up this book as a counterweight to the news of the day, and I found myself imm ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's like someone updated The Westing Game for me.

First of all, I hope y'all stopped and read both the dedication and the introduction because for me, they exemplified how authors can use those two tools to just let their freak flags fly.

Any author who writes the following passage:

On the morning of the tenth of June, Scarlett Martin woke up to the sound of loud impromptu rap penetrating her thin bedroom wall from the direction of the bathroom next door. Scarlett had been trying to ignore this
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original post at One More Page

I've heard a lot about Maureen Johnson from YA contemporary circles, but somehow, I never really got around to getting her books. This almost feels like a sin for someone who loves contemporary YA as much as I do. So at the back of my mind, I have this little to-buy list that includes one of Maureen Johnson's books in case I wanted to splurge on something, but winning a giveaway during Armchair BEA saved me from spending and instead, I got an audiobook of Suite S
Sep 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, good-uns
Somewhere in between the release of Girl at Sea and Suite Scarlett, I'm embarrassed to admit that I think I may actually have forgotten, for just a second, how funny Maureen Johnson is. I mean the hunching your shoulders, tongue caught between your teeth, giggling kind of funny. I read her blog regularly, so I shouldn't be a bit surprised. But Suite Scarlett was even funnier than her previous books. It was like concentrated Essence of Johnson: charmingly and unrepentantly hilarious. They really ...more
Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Um...well. This is one of those books about a young girl who doesn't know how beautiful she is and has a crush on her older brother's impossibly good looking friend. If you like that sort of thing then there you go.
Unfortunately Scarlett is the least interesting character in this book. Her family owns an old hotel in New York City and the best parts of the book come from her interactions with Mrs. Amberson, the hotel's eccentric guest, and Scarlett's siblings.
May 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, ya, contemporary
Dear Maureen Johnson, I worship at your alter. Your books completely charm me.

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson deals with what happens to Scarlett Martin on her fifteenth birthday, when as family tradition dictates, she gets a key to a suite in the family hotel and must take care of the suite and whomever stays in the suite.
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Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngadult
Maureen Johnson does it again! This book was fabulous in so many ways that I've been raving about it to everyone I know. I don't even want to describe it, lest I spoil any of the wonderful surprises. But I will say this: my favorite line was, "Only because I'm afraid of you and your panty sandwich." ...more
Rain Misoa
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Only those who are able to stand stupid girls with guys.
Recommended to Rain by: Library
Shelves: must-own
Wow... I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. It was actually pretty good. This is my first novel that I've read by Maureen Johnson and I am not disappointed in picking this book up. Mind you, there are some things that I found a bit annoying but that didn't deter me from finishing or liking this book. The plot had me hooked! I wanted to know what was going to happen with the play of Hamlet, what was happening between Mrs. Amberson and her "past," and see how everything was goin ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
A novel doesn't have to be perfect to make me think, and a hypothetical perfect novel might not even help me express myself the same way that this book did. So I guess what that might mean is that sometimes "good" is better than "perfect", and Maureen Johnson, don't take the three stars personally. They mean "good".

Part of what I enjoyed about my reading of Suite Scarlett is that it explored multiple traditions in modern literature. It might be marketed as a "girl book", and it probably is one,
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2008
Scarlett's family lives in and operates a run-down hotel in New York City. The Martin family is in some financial trouble. The hotel isn't doing so well. It's an absolute money drain. Meanwhile, Spencer, the oldest child and only boy, is given an ultimatum from his parents--find a paying acting job in one week or take a scholarship at a culinary school. Scarlett gets to work helping her favorite sibling while juggling the antics of a very strange guest, Amy Amberson, who eventually gets involved ...more
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was truly interested in this book when I started reading it. There were all kinds of different turns throughout the book that made it all the more intriguing. This book will catch your attention from the beginning and hold onto it until the very end.
Suite Scarlett is about a fifteen year old girl named Scarlett Martin. The Martin family owns the Hopewell Hotel in New York City and once you turn fifteen you have to take on some responsibility within the hotel. Scarlett is assigned the Empire
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
To me this book was fun and exciting. Living in a hotel already sounded fun but the ordeals she goes through living with her siblings is homely and cute. Her connection to her brother is heart-warming and their love for each other is touching in a sense. The empathy you feel towards her given her situation really helps a person connect to her and all that happens to her. The whole idea of a not so secret love is thrilling and heat racing, giving Scarlett's life a fun twist to her already extraor ...more
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This was another great book from Maureen Johnson with dynamic parts and suspenseful chapters. Scarlett was one of the richest, most developed characters in the story and I liked how Spencer was written. However, sometimes I felt the actions were too fast paced and that there weren't enough developing details. Overall, this was a good read and had me wishing for more at the last page. ...more
Jase Cordova
Me, every time the 18 year old love interest kisses the FRESHLY 15 year old main character: *sprays him with spray bottle* NO!

Otherwise, perfectly charming book with the classic Maureen wit. Glad I finally read it after owning it for years.
Megs ♥
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, z-2011-reads
Scarlet was an adorable character and I liked her a lot. Sadly this book didn't draw me in at all and halfway through I stopped reading. ...more
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Quick Summary: The Martin family is unusual in the sense that they live and run (sort of-they have three guests) a very historical hotel in New York. Unfortunately due to personal family problems they are incredibly poor. The hotel is like a giant game of Jenga, each piece of furniture on it's last leg. Our mainest of characters is Scarlett Martin who has just turned fifteen. Another unusual bit is that every Martin child, on their 15th birthday receives the keys to a particular room in the hote ...more
Gretchen Taylor
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Fun read! Love Maureen Johnson, especially her newer books
SETTING : New York

A more precise SETTING : The Hopewell hotel on the Upper East Side. Family-run, the art deco hotel personified Jazz Age New York glamour. Sadly, all it personifies today is a pitiable lack of funds and staff.

HEROINE : Just turned fifteen Scarlett Martin. Scarlett is a fairly grounded teenager who helps her family keep the Hopewell in working condition. She has a closet dream of being a writer and a more urgent dream of not being flat broke. Scarlett has also been given the resp
Melissa McShane
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Scarlett's family owns a hotel in New York City that used to be famous, but now is just run-down and going bankrupt. They have to let the cook go the morning of Scarlett's fifteenth birthday, ruining the family tradition of an amazing breakfast; her older sister Lola keeps coming to her to keep their parents from finding out she's skipping out on her job to be with her incredibly wealthy boyfriend; her older brother wants her help keeping their parents from finding out his new acting gig isn't a ...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
It had been a while since I picked up a Maureen Johnson book. I last read 13 Little Blue Envelopes and The Name of the Star back in 2011 and so I thought it was about time to try some of her earlier young adult contemporary novels, since they were newly published in the UK. I was under the impression that they were nearer the fluffy end of contemporary – not that there's anything wrong with that, I just usually go for either 'really sad' or 'witty and really cute' – but what I found was ...more
Ashlie L'Homme-Mueller
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Though Maureen Johnson maintains an almost detached sort of tone throughout her writing, what makes it work is the drive of the story and characters. Fortunately for Johnson, each one is successful.

Scarlett Martin is one of the four Martin siblings who live with their family in the once-extravagant Hopewell Hotel. At age fifteen, each acquires a room to take care of. It just so happens on Scarlett’s fifteenth birthday, a permanent guest takes up residence in the Empire Suite she is to care for.
Sep 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
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