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Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  3,930 ratings  ·  941 reviews
Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her weed-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.

When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon,
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Razorbill
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Anna Breslaw
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I hear the girl who wrote this book is stunning
Wendy Darling
My absolute favorite book of 2016 so far. So smart, so funny, and feminist as fuck, without stomping all over other girls' choices.

It's out in stores today, and I'll have a review and author guest post on the blog next week, but in the meantime:

Ave is pretty, too, but she's like a wilted version of Ashley with braces and slightly duller hair. If they had been fetal twins, Ashley definitely would've consumed Avery for nutrients, and all that'd be left of Ave would be a tumor with a few teeth in i
Feb 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: starred-2016, 2016, ya, 1
A lot of good stuff here. It's funny. The whole fanfic community is entertaining. Ruth, the 70-year old feminist pot-smoker is a riot.

But much of the novel is underdeveloped in terms of plot. It's kind of episodic in nature, jumping from one plot point to another, sometimes spending too much time on it (Scarlett's "original" fiction is mostly terrible) and sometimes too little (Scarlett's relationship with her dad or Gideon).

Not the best book, and yet good enough to seriously interest me in Bres
Aj the Ravenous Reader

Just wow! I had no idea this was going to be one of those reads that would seriously leave a mark on me. Something so life affirming, so socially relevant and significant, so realistic and relatable, so educational and also uplifting, I swear I shed a few tears even though the entire narrative is hilarious as heck. It was really so unexpected. I mean, this is no Tuesday’s with Morrie, alright as Ruth would say, but for me it’s even better.

Because it’s not only about a story between a student le
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very few books can me make me laugh out loud once, let alone laugh out loud multiple times. But the best thing about this is that it made cry just as much. I went into this with adequate, maybe low expectations because i've read so many mixed reviews, but I came out of this absolutely loving this and becoming one of my all time favorites.

Scarlett's story just really worked for me. Her voice was authentic. I found her to be sarcastic, witty, and sardonic but in just the right ways. I can see why
Parker Peevyhouse
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If there's a greenroom where characters hang out while between stories, Scarlett Epstein is there with Frankie Landau Banks and Juno. They're all cracking jokes and taking names and rolling their eyes and then feeling sorry about being a bit too judgmental. I would love to be there with them except that I enjoy not being fictitious.

Scarlett doesn't quite fit in at her high school--which makes her great at seeing the faults of her fellow students and satirizing them in her online fiction. Her cri
Kai Spellmeier
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 39%

This wasn't bad. But I'm unimpressed, and there's too much going on that bothers me.
-High School Drama
-Unrelatable/unsympathetic main character
-Weird fanfic chapters that I couldn't care less about

I think it's better to stop now than drag myself through this and waste my time with a book that I can't enjoy.
I seriously conflicted over this book. It had been on my wishlist and TBR for ages, and I was proper looking forward to reading it when I had some free time during or after my exams. The day after my second exam, I decided to give myself some free time away from revision, and this book was calling to me from my bookshelf. Before I get into the proper review, it should be noted that I did read it all in one sitting, so at least there's that.

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here is about Scarlett, a high
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here is a breath of fresh air with a hilarious and snarky main character, the most authentic portrayal of teen life I've ever read, and heartwarming, subtle themes.

While reading this book, I was tittering with laughter throughout. Scarlett is so funny and creative. Her actions were so understandable, and I really sympathized with her plights. As a newbie writer myself, I loved seeing Scarlett's evolving feelings towards embracing her writing and literature in general. T
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was able to read an early copy of Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here, and to be honest, I already had VERY high expectations because I've read a lot of Anna's writing in women's magazines and it's ALWAYS SO smart, so funny, and also strangely poignant. ANYWAY.

This book MORE than delivered. It made me FALL IN LOVE. The whole time I was reading it, I was like "wow, Scarlett is my BEST friend!" She's hilarious, wry, weird, and a little snobby. She's very real, far from perfect, but also super sympath
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
i have a love/hate thing for this book.
Kristina Horner
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, mostly!

It's been a couple weeks since I finished this so the details are fuzzy, but I thought this book started kind of slow but really picked up in the end. I wasn't really buying the whole "our show ended but we're going to continue the fandom by writing fanfiction of original characters in this fiction world" thing, because I highly doubt readers would really get behind that, but I suspended disbelief for the sake of the story. I also really disliked how self-righteous Sc
Cindy ✩☽♔
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I was in need of a break from my usual genres and this was certainly a pleasant one. While I generally try to avoid comparisons to other books, I feel like the easiest way to describe this book, in short, is Eliza and her Monsters Lite. It clearly was written along the same line, but never quite reaches the level of depth or character development its successor does.

Still, it is a short, fun, easy read that I wouldn't mind recommending to people who just want a laid back book to pass the time wi
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from Amazon Vine.
*Scarlett and her mom are Puerto Rican; Scarlett's stepmom Kira is Black but barely present
*there's a gay woman, but she dies seemingly just to make Scarlett/readers sad

I started writing fan fiction for Vampire Kisses when I was fourteen or so and I’m still reading it (general fanfiction, that is) every night as I approach my twenty-second birthday even though I quit writing it when I was sixteen. Needless to say,
One of my favorite YA reads in a long time. This is a funny, savvy, sharp book about fandom, about being stubborn and wrong headed, and about how nuanced and layered each and every person is. I absolutely loved Scarlett and her attitude. She's a no holds barred feminist, and even when she screws up, she owns it. Her background as a poor Jewish girl is unexpected and refreshing.

The real winner of a character in this story is Ruth! And the sheep!

I love SEEING the fandom here, and I had no proble
Ashley Blake
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and wise, this book was so much fun! There are so many facets to Scarlett's personality--the good, the bad, the ugly, the adorable and sarcastic and I loved every minute of her journey. ...more
Jaime Arkin
If you’re looking for something that will make you laugh… something you won’t be able to put down, you’re going to want to grab Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here.

This had been one of my most anticipated reads this Spring and I was so excited when it showed up on my doorstep! I honestly haven’t laughed so much while reading a book in quite a while.

Scarlett’s life revolves for the most part, around the online community and friendships she’s cultivated revolving around her favorite TV show, where she
Margot Harrison
I received this book as part of an ARC tour.

And I read it in two days. Scarlett is funny, whip-smart, and sometimes unexpectedly deep and poignant. That goes for both the book and the character.

The back copy made me think, "Harriet the Spy with fanfic!" And that's not a wholly inaccurate description of the book. Granted, Scarlett is older than Harriet, has the Internet, does not live a coddled rich-kid life in "Mad Men"-era Manhattan, and uses a lot more cusswords. But she's similarly independen
Book Riot Community
This is a funny, savvy, sharp book about fandom, about being stubborn and wrong headed (hello to how I related to Scarlett in this capacity even though I didn’t want to), and about how nuanced and layered each and every person is. I absolutely loved Scarlett and her attitude. She’s a no holds barred feminist, and when she screws up, she owns it. Her background as a poor Jewish girl is unexpected and refreshing.

The real winner of a character in this story is Ruth, the old lady who lives near Scar
Rosalyn Eves
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the moment you start Anna Breslaw's witty, heart-felt SCARLETT EPSTEIN HATES IT HERE, it's pretty clear that Scarlett is not your ordinary teen--and Breslaw isn't your ordinary writer.

Scarlett's a smart, acerbic teenager who'd rather live on the boards of the fandom for her favorite TV show than interact with the real-live teenagers in her high school. When the TV show is cancelled, Scarlett, desperate to keep some of the top fanfic writers together, proposes a new twist on the show: fanfi
Zemira Warner



If you've ever shipped(a list of my top ships(view spoiler)), if you ever written a fanfic or drew fanart, if you have accounts on ao3, deviantart, tumblr, if you follow fan vidders on yt YOU KNOW how I feel about discovering this book's existen
3.5 stars.

- Geeky teenage girl who writes fan fic
- Sassy old lady neighbour
- The writing was pretty great and full of hilarious moments and pop culture references
- Online friends are real friends
- Scarlett's poverty was well represented

- Girl. When you write fan fic that includes original characters based on people you know IRL? AT LEAST GIVE THEM FAKE NAMES. Like, it didn't even occur to you to call Gideon "Gabriel" or "George" or "Gordon" or any number of other names??
- Scarle
Kurt Dinan
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yes, yes, yes! Finally, YA that is damn hilarious! This is one of those books that the moment I finished it I wanted another Breslaw novel immediately. For now, I'll just have to reread it until we get another. Really, this is a hilarious novel, and that's a hard thing to pull off. Read this now! ...more
Rahul Kanakia
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was incredibly compelling. Which was surprising, because there aren't much in the way of events here. It's very much about feeling the texture of someone's life. Scarlett Epstein is a fanfiction writer who lives with her divorced mom in a New Jersey suburb. Her dad, now an up-and-coming novelist, has moved to a loft in Brooklyn and married a gorgeous young writer. Epstein feels left-behind and out of place. Even her old crush, Gideon--a guy who used to be as big of a fan as she was--has moved ...more
Brittany Cavallaro
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about SCARLETT EPSTEIN HATES IT HERE.

That isn't an exaggeration. Scarlett Epstein feels like an outcast in her high school--she and her mom are poor, her best guy friend's ditched her, and on top of that, she's an judgy snarkmonster who has exacting standards for her friends and the people around her. And when her favorite TV show is cancelled--a kind of Teen Wolf meets Buffy--the community she's built online might be falling apart too, the only place she feels comfortable bei
S.M. Parker
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book made me look like a crazy person. Or, a crazier person. I'd be all normal and reading and in public and then laughter would pop from that awesomely deep place inside and... well, scare the unsuspecting non-readers around me. I love funny and this book delivered. Scarlett was raw and real, sarcastic in all the ways that made me connect with her and her lame New Jersey surroundings. I came away thinking this YA has something for everyone and that's something special indeed. Don't believe ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was positively blown away by this novel. By turns laugh-out-loud funny and soul-crushingly honest, Scarlett's story will keep you up at night reading. Anna Breslaw is a remarkably witty writer who has created an intelligent and likeable character who is also flawed and struggling. This is no ordinary book, and no ordinary writer. ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here is one of the funniest novels I've ever read. Peppered with delicious wit and one-liners (the joke about Se7en is too good to give away), the book is ultimately a smart and moving portrait of a young woman's coming of age. Anna Breslaw seamlessly captures the realism of a New Jersey high school, the New York literary world and the sci-fi universe Scarlet creates in her online fiction. (Scarlet's story reminded me of a teenage Margaret Atwood.) The way Breslaw write ...more
Fafa's Book Corner
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Mini review:

This was recommended to my by Em! This was surprisingly good. I honestly thought that I would DNF it. But wow I am impressed. This book tackled on some really important topics. The family relationships were fantastic. Loved Scarlett's friend and neighbor. Scarlett was such a strong character and developed quite a bit during the book. Didn't really like the romance or the love interest.

Highly recommend.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a lot of fun and hilarious. There's so many pop-culture references and a great message behind this story.

*Gifted by the publisher*
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