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Scarlett Dedd

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  47 reviews
You're dead Scarlett...

Previously a poor taste jibe from school frenemies, now a statement of fact.

Scarlett is absolutely mortified (in more ways than one) to discover that she's accidentally killed herself while trying to get out of a school trip. Even worse, she's taken her entire family with her.

Life as a ghost is pretty dull - if only some of her friends were dead too.
Paperback, 270 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by Headline (first published September 1st 2010)
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Elizabeth Drake
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books, ghosts

This and other reviews can be found on Reading Between Classes

Cover Impressions: This cover does not even scratch the surface of the awesomeness that is inside. See those fantastically creepy drawings? Those are EVERYWHERE and they get even better.

The Gist: Scarlett was dead, to begin with. Heh, always wanted to start a review like that. Anyway, in attempting to avoid a painfully awkward class trip, Scarlett Dedd accidentally kills herself - and her entire family. In finding herself Bodily Chall
Carolyn  Storer
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on my blog: Book Chick City.

"Scarlett Dedd" is a wonderful book combining story with illustration. It's also full of wit, great teenage characters and a fun, ghoulish plot.

Scarlett is pretty much ignored at school, but she does have a few friends who share her love of gory horror movies - sometimes they even try and make their own. But a school trip is imminent and she just cant face the dumb comments that she knows she will get from the other kids at school, so she thinks up a
Nov 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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Anne-sophie Olsen
It had sort of a fake feel to it. Probably because it's written by an adult trying to be teenagy but it's totally over the top. It's a pretty simple story told with way to many detours, that just has the feel of stuffing, that has no real bearing on the actual "story".
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Just look at that cover. That art reminds me of Gorillaz. How could I not pick this up and read it? I didn't even read what it was about. Just saw the interesting cover and figured I could read it in a day, no problem.

It was sort of a problem. It took me a while to really get into it. And the layout of the prose was really annoying. I LOVED the illustrations, but there was one point where the words went around in a tiny circle on the page and I had to keep turning the book to read it. If I lost
Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scarlett Dedd is SUPER adorable. From it's wonderfully comical and macabre premise to the illustrations that made me think of a horror/goth version of Tank Girl (see Jamie Hewlett). It pretty well captured the ennui involved in being a teenager that holds a great deal of contempt for the mainstream (which I certainly was, so I could relate).

So basically Scarlett Dedd comes from an eccentric family. Her parents are artists and hippies and are kinda poor, so she's stuck wearing thrift store clothe
Aug 12, 2010 rated it liked it
I was very intrigued by this book. It sounded really fun and the illustrations inside were fantastic. Unfortunately it didn't quite live up to my expectations and I found it a little difficult to read.

It begins well enough. Scarlett is a pretty typical teenager- self conscious, shy and completely embarrassed by her very strange parents. She's a misfit at school and apart from her handful of Emo friends, doesn't fit in at all. Desperate to avoid a school trip she decides to make herself ill to av
Dawn Vanniman
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from in exchange for an honest review.

What a fun, cute story! It's not often that you come across a book for YA with such delightful illustrations! Cathy Brett is not only an awesome author but a fine illustrator.

The story follows Scarlett as she talks about how she managed to find a few friends even though her family is dirt poor and they all wear second hand clothing and buy the outdated food at the grocery store. Her friends share her love of gory movies
Aug 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.

Cathy Brett's Scarlett Dedd is the first graphic novel I've read in years. I do not have a lot to compare Scarlett Dedd to, but even for a non art enthusiast, I was blown away by the illustrations in this book - so brilliantly done! It's very detailed, very vivid and so real to life. I can look at them over and over again and never tire.

Scarlett Dedd is not only one of the best illustrated novels I've ever come across, it's also one of the funniest. Scarlett,
Oct 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Before, there were books with boring straight lines and the odd illustration or two. Then, there was Cathy Brett! I haven't been able to look at a book the same way ever since I finished Scarlett Dedd. Cathy Brett has more than maximise the use of that weird medium that is a book to create something absolutely awesome.

The story revolves around zombie-looking Scarlett Dedd (yes, she already heard the dead Dedd joke, no need to say it again). She is a teenager (aka self-centered, lacking confiden
Amy Lignor
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There are good YA’s - there are great YA’s - some just so-so - but very rarely does one come along where not only is the plot fantastic and hysterical all at the same time, but the illustrations are phenomenal. This is Scarlett Dedd.

Before the death of the Dedd family, Scarlett had to constantly deal with the ‘dead’ jokes anyway. Not only was the last name a source of teasing, but Scarlett was also the eldest child of the oddest family on the street. They were poor, the house already looked like
Scarlett has always been a bit of a misfit and apart from a couple of close friends she is pretty much an outcast at school. This hasn't been helped by her quirky family and her second hand clothes. She doesn't want to go on the school trip but her plan to make herself too ill to go backfires when she accidentally kills her entire family. As a ghost she is lonely and desperately misses her friends but can she find a way to communicate with them?

I'll start by saying how much I loved the drawings
Nov 17, 2010 added it
Shelves: uk-ya
I LOVED Cathy's other illustrated novel Ember Fury, so when a copy of Scarlett Dedd popped through my letter box, I was so excited!

When Scarlett accidentally kills herself and the rest of her family in a horrible attempt to get out of going to the school trip, she has found that being dead is really quite lonely without her friends (Psycho, Ripley, JP and Taz- amazing and crazy names, I know!!)..but it does have some perks! Scarlett's new mission is to try and get her friends to join her, but w
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
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I received a digital ARC copy of this from The synopsis interested me and the cover creeped me out. I thought I should give it a shot. I thought this book was extremely entertaining. I have not laughed so much in a book in a very long time.

The story is about a girl, Scarlet who accidently kills herself and her family. This alone is funny; the family’s last name is Dedd, ironic. The author does a great job on creating an atmosphere
Michelle (Clover Hill Book Reviews)
The cover on the Amazon picture for this looks rather dull. In the flesh, the yellow you can see is actually luminous, giving the book a spookier feel to it then you might otherwise think from the picture above.

From the start Scarlett Dedd is fast paced and upbeat, even about death. Cathy Brett uses dry humour all the way through, which I think represents teens really well....and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Scarlett and her family are the oddities of their community, whilst Scarlett doesn't accept
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Scarlett Dedd is one of the first books that I have read in my rediscovery of YA literature, and it was certainly a treat. It is a funny, intelligent, teenage story that is well written, well presented and has an authentic teenage voice in the person of Scarlett.

I have written a little synopsis for you:

Scarlett is your typical teenager in so many ways, yet she is also quite different, unique. Like any typical teenager she is unhappy with her family life, though she is sure she has more reasons
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-review, ya
Background: Scarlett Dedd is a teenage girl outcast; she lives in a creepy house, is very pale, and is made fun of for looking dead and being a Dedd. The issue is…now she is dead; she only meant to make herself sick, but instead killed herself and her entire family. What a bummer to be dead but still have parents around to tell you what you can and cannot do, and your annoying brother still lurking about.

Review: This is a very interesting read. I like the concept and it is very well written. Yo
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
3.5 Stars

When Scarlett accidentally kills herself and her whole family in a botched attempt to make herself ill in order to avoid a week long school trip, she finds being dead is a bit lonely! Missing her friends so badly she starts to think it would be a great idea if she could arrange it so they can join her...

I liked how the story was written in third person. This worked well as it meant we get to hear from all the characters - I really liked the banter between her friends as well as Scarlett
Diane Ferbrache
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Scarlett (Scar) is not really excited about the school trip to the World War I trenches, so she decides to make herself sick by eating risotto with mushrooms. Unfortunately, she picks the wrong ones and poisons her whole family. When she "wakes up" sometime later, she realizes that she is a ghost and so is everyone in her family. Not really knowing how to deal with the situation, she gets online and discovers a forum with advice for the newly dead. Deciding that she would be happier if her frien ...more
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uk-author, for-review
After loving Cathy Brett’s debut, Ember Fury, last year, I was very excited to see if Scarlett Dedd could live up to it. But it was even better.

It really became evident just how talented a woman Cathy Brett is. As well as fun and lively illustrations, her writing is animated and so easy to fall into. Her style and execution is fresh and much appreciated in a genre that’s becoming more and more samey and clichéd. Both the illustrations and writing complimented each other beautifully and made Scar
Oct 28, 2010 rated it liked it
It was a bit of an accident really, dying. She hadn’t planned it at all, it just sort of… happened. It all started when Scarlett picked some mushrooms and decided to make a nice, mushroomy dinner. In fact, it all ended with that too; it killed her. Now she’s a ghost, haunting her house, trying to find ways to get her alive friends to notice her, and she’s got a nasty plan…

Scarlett Dedd is Cathy Brett’s second YA/pre-tween novel. It’s full of illustrations by Cathy Brett, and there are plenty of
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I heard about this book it said that it was about suicide and killing and when I saw the cover I though it was going to be really dark. Boy was I wrong! I read a review about and it got me to buy the book. I read this in 1 day! I could not put this book down. Cathy did such a cool way of adding drawings threw out the story that made this book fun for me to read. I would recommend this book for everyone.

The way the Cathy describes Scarlett and her family takes me back to my high school days
Susan Mann
Oct 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, such a fun, easy and cute read. There are wonderful illustrations throughout the book which bring the book to life and so many times I laughed out loud. Poor Scarlett, she suffered throughout her short life with humiliation, her strange, crazy and embarrassing parents. Now she has to suffer though her afterlife too.
Her family dies along with her, when she tries to make herself ill so she doesn't have to go on a school trip. She didn't just make herself ill, she killed herself
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I have never come across a teen book like this before. It tells the tale of a girl named Scarlett. To avoid a school trip, she eats a poisonous mushroom... and it kills her, as well as the rest of her family. She becomes a ghost, haunting the house she lived in. But being a ghost is no fun without your friends. So Scarlett has to take drastic action.

The style of the book was quirky, with some nice illustrations. I could also really understand the characters- they were very believable. And it is
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love the artwork in this and the story is great. The characters are funny, and the book is written in a hodge podge of styles. There are some blog entries from Scarlett's blog, Scar Departed, also some chat room entries from Ghool Kool, which I gather is a chat room for dead people. There's also some proper written story bits and lots of awesome illustrations.

Cathy Brett writes and illustrates the book, and does so in a hilarious manner. Scarlett accidentally kills her family while trying to g
Oct 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Scarlett Dedd accidentally killed herself (and her family) while trying to get out of a field trip. Now the teen goth is a teen ghost, blogging with other ghosts and scaring her friends, but is scaring them enough? How does a ghost “make” friends? There is a lot of British slang - -fun but can be confusing at times. The writing is disjointed, episodes feel disconnected, parts of the story are hard to follow as scenes change with no warning or divisions. The graphic novel style illustrations are ...more
Jul 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
I read about 100 pages of this yesterday on my lunch break and when I thought about reading it again on today's lunch break, I couldn't bring myself to care. This book is confusingly written - a couple of times I had to go back and make sure my ARC wasn't missing any pages because the action from one page to the next made no sense and did not flow at all. Additionally, I feel like Brett is trying too hard to be funny and/or shocking and really comes across as neither. I don't care at all about t ...more
Kim Heimbuch
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Scarlett is already odd and comes from the weirdest family in town.It doesn't help her last name is Dedd. She accidentally kills herself in an attempt to get out of going on a school field trip. It took several days for her to realize and grasp the concept that she was dead but after using the internet to find some help she starts to test the limits of her new found death and starts practicing stuff like walking through walls, floating around,moving objects, and... Read Full Review Here
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Scarlett Dedd was a strange book. When Scarlett un-purposely kills herself and the rest of her family in a horrible attempt to get out of having to going on the school trip, she has found that being dead is really quite lonely without her friends :(Psycho, Ripley, JP and Taz- (what strange names?!),..but it does have some good points! Scarlett's new plan is to try and get her friends to join her, but will it all work out?! A great story for anyone who loves icky picky exciting books!!
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, expecially ghostgirl fans
This book is awesome.
I loved the plot and it is by far one of my top ghost novels of all time. With the quirky illistrations and genius text layout, it was one of the best reads of the year.
A must for any fan of ghostgirl.

A shame it's so underrated. More people should know of this book.

So you know, go read it.
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