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Scarlett Fever

(Scarlett #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  5,534 ratings  ·  413 reviews
From top-selling author Maureen Johnson comes the second book in the trilogy about a girl and her hotel.

Ever since Mrs. Amberson, the former-aspiring-actress-turned-agent, entered Scarlett Martin's life, nothing has been the same.

She's still in charge of the Empire Suite in her family's hotel, but she's now also Mrs. Amberson's assistant, running around town for her star c
Paperback, 332 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Point (first published February 1st 2010)
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Miss Bookiverse Apparently yes, as Maureen states in the FAQ on her website (

How many Scarlett books are there going to be?
Apparently yes, as Maureen states in the FAQ on her website (

How many Scarlett books are there going to be?
The current plan is for three. But I love writing about the Martins more than I can say, so if you keep reading them, I will keep writing them.

Seriously, where is the third Scarlett book?
No kidding, I will shout it from the rooftops when I have definite information on this. BUT THERE IS ONE COMING.(less)
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Rain Misoa
Jul 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Once again, to people who can handle stupid girls.
Recommended to Rain by: Library
Shelves: must-own
This book... really made me upset. There was so many times when I actually wanted to bang my head against the wall and other acts of self-mutilation because of how angry I got! (Also, note that I am only kidding. Hurting yourself is not the way to go... even if the book really does piss you off.) It's a little sad to say this because I genuinely enjoyed Suit Scarlett. I thought it was a well-thought out book: I enjoyed the plot, the characters (minus two), and the all-around humor to the story. ...more
Maureen E
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, young-adult
by Maureen Johnson

So, this will be less of a review and more of a reaction, because I just put the book down and AUGH!

Don't get me wrong. It's great. I love Scarlett and her kooky family (remember my thing about families?). I adore Spencer (especially the scene at the party where he attempts to eat an entire bottle of maraschino cherries). long until the next book comes out? I'm not sure I can make it. I'm really not.

Like Leila, I'm totally Team Max, which surprised me quite a bit. Usu
Apr 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Disclaimer: I didn't like the first book. Even though I love Maureen Johnson and worship the comedic YA ground she walks upon. She's the funniest, most honest teen voice in years, but something about the first book rang hollow for me. In hindsight, I blamed the concept of life in a hotel, but looking back my original review of the book claimed the characters were the problem.


This book just hit the spot. I found it to be a much tighter story than the first part. I liked reading about ch
Jun 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autographed, arc
ARC rocks :)

I can't say anything since it doesn't come out until February 2010, but if you liked Suite Scarlett you will love Scarlett Fever! The characters are as lovable (or some as annoying...) as ever, and since you already know them, you can jump straight into the story. The new characters are just as appealing and by the end of the book you are torn between loving it all and hating that you still have to wait for another book to finish the story!!

[Team Max FTW!:]
Aina Winky
I almost put down the book even before reach half of it but continued finished it however. The story was rather plain and monotonous in my opinion. Of course I am not really expecting any thriller or suspense when I first read the plot but I just give it a try out of curiosity and unfortunately it just not my cup of tea I guess. But to whoever love the story of a girl with job and family issue and sort of ex-boyfriend issue, you would probably enjoy this book.
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was perfectly happy leaving the series in the first book. I mean, it was pretty good, but nothing making me want to rush out and get the next book. And then. Max. Why am I such a sucker for these second love interests??? Gahhhhh. And he was so much more interesting than Eric.

I did spend a lot of the book wanting to shake sense into Scarlett. Her friend is a saint. Scarlett is being that girl that you’re like I LOVE YOU BUT YOU NE
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Martins are back in full force in this sequel to Maureen Johnson's 2008 release, Suite Scarlett! Scarlett Martin and her spectacularly quirky family are up to their usual funny business, snarky and sharply witty as ever. You thought Maureen Johnson was done with characterization? You were very, very wrong indeed. Characters that seemed to be developed to death got even more complex in their new storylines. I was especially glad to see more of Marlene, even though I found her "big reveal" to ...more
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, young-adult
my oh my, i remember why Maureen Johnson is always on my "read as soon as possible" list.

(Key to the Golden Firebird is still my favorite, but this definitely redeemed Devilish for me.)

this can stand alone, but it is a sequel to Suite Scarlett. and the martins are such a crazy lovely family that i think you'll want to read everything you can about them.

i love new york, and the scarlett books love new york too.

(more to come, i have to go fall asleep now.)
Apr 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just now finally read the first book. It was good. I just want to read about Spencer. Is that possible? I want there to be a contest to win tickets to meet the cast of Spencer. Few will enter, Tessa will win.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have liked this book a lot more had the third book been written yet. The story leaves you hanging - I literally thought there was a mistake at the end: surely there were a few more chapters? Wait, what? I was ready to download the third book in the trilogy right away, only to find that Maureen Johnson hasn't written/published it yet. Sigh. I want to know what happens next in the Martin family, what happens to Spencer and Lola and yes, Scarlett - so much set up and not enough resolution. ...more
Feb 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is that wow, I'm really impressed!

Maureen Johnson is always so funny and awesome in her blogs and in person, and her sense of humor really came through in this book. I feel like if I know too much about an author, I tend to apply this knowledge to my opinion of their books and so I was really pleasently surprised when this book turned out far better than my expectations.

I expected something light, average-y, but still fun to read all the same...

Just... wow. I thought the plot was g
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read, ya
I have a bone to pick with the publishing world. I picked up a copy of Scarlett Fever from my library. There was NO mention on the book that this was book number 2 in a series. Not even one clue. Ok so there was one clue. It mentioned Johnson's other works and one of them was Suite Scarlett. It was really confusing. I think I got the gist of what happened in the first book though, so props to Johnson for catching me up so quickly. Jerkface made out with Scarlett and she developed an unhealthy cr ...more
K. Lincoln
Nov 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
****I read an ARC of this book***

I jumped into Scarlett Fever without knowing that it was a continuation of Suite Scarlett. However, the story of Suite Scarlett acts more like a deep, detailed backstory for each of the main characters rather than keeping back information a reader needs to enjoy Scarlett Fever.

And I did enjoy Scarlett Fever. Scarlett's family, the Martins, are a wonderful family to read about. I fell in love with all her siblings; her loving, crazy actor brother Spencer, her per
A few years ago I read 13 Little Blue Envelopes by this same author, and I thought it was a charming book, so when this one popped up at the library during a recent browsing session, I brought it home hoping for the same kind of read.

It turns out, this is the second book in a trilogy--I wish there had been some sort of indication on the cover. It would have been nice to have the backstory from the first book before I read this one. As it is, there are some likable characters, and some not-so-li
Gosh I loved the first one, but this one, not as much. And to be fair, I think it's really more of the same, so it's funny to make these complaints?

So charming. So sweet. So cute. So fun!

But here are the people who had really interesting arcs in Scarlett Fever:

1. Spencer (of course, he is clearly Johnson's favorite character and she's practically prose-fucking him at every turn, just, please, Johnson, keep it down, he's the protag's BROTHER OK)
2. Lola geez, Lola!
3. Marlene even!
4. Chelsea gossh
Romi (likes books)
Thank you to Hot Key Books for this review copy!

This was an incredibly different experience to that of the first book, and I am so glad I had the chance to review both books 1 and 2 simultaneously, since I wouldn't have gone on with the series if I didn't already own book 2. This was marvellous, when I got into it after 70-150 pages; things were happening, lives were changes, love was considered, annoying love interests were mooned over (this is where I had most of my issues, since Scarlett spen
Sep 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
Oh, how I love Scarlett, her family, and their tatty-yet-fabulous Hopewell Hotel!

In this sequel to the equally superb Suite Scarlett, Scarlett is now working for Mrs. Amberson at her newly started acting agency. This includes more organic food runs, sorting mail, staging PR events, befriending a strange family, and walking a small, highly anxious dog. Spencer gets a dream acting job . . . or does he? And Lola tries to figure out what do with her own life!

It's wonderful fun to slip back into the
So, I'm assuming this is the second book of a trilogy, because this didn't resolve anything, it just ended. I liked most of the characters, just like I did in the first one, but I thought the Marlene arc came from nowhere and the entire book needed more Mrs. Amberson. (And less Eric, even though he was barely in it. Yes, I hold grudges against fictional characters.) Basically, I did like this, even though this review sounds pretty negative. I love most of the characters, but the plot needed some ...more
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary-ya
*raises hand* My name is Leanne and I have been personally victimized by Maureen Johnson's cliffhanger endings.

For real, though, this is a great follow-up to the first Scarlett book. Maureen pulls her usual "bet you thought it would go this way, BUT IT DIDN'T AND YOU LOVE IT" trick. The humor of the first book is here, but things in Scarlett's life get even more complicated in this sequel. Expect lots of ups and downs and Martin hijinx before the (EXTREMELY RUDE) ending.

Seriously, the very first
Rene Kirkpatrick
Well, Maureen Johnson is one of my favorite YA authors. This is the sequel to Suite Scarlett. Scarlett is, once again, involved in a messy family, a dilapidated hotel (her family owns it), and Mrs. Amberson, who is an agent for actors now. Eric is gone, kind of, and Max is on the horizon, kind of. The dialogue is great, it took just a bit to get going, having to remind us all what happened before complicates things, but it was good. I laughed out loud many times.
Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This sequel to Suite Scarlett really disappointed me. The stuff that I liked in the first book - the quirky brother, the bratty little sister, the novelty of living in a hotel just got annoying in this one. It felt like so much filler to try to get to the end of the book and then I was left with a major cliffhanger that ticked me off. That said, I will read the next book to see what the heck is going to happen, but this wasn't my favorite.
Gwen the Librarian
I normally love Maureen Johnson's books, but this one was just ho-hum. From the beginning, I wasn't all that interested in Scarlett's whining about her miserable life. What does redeem the story is the colorful cast of characters in the Martin family. The story line that follows Scarlett's brother as he embarks on a television career is lots of fun.
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
That book didn't so much end as it just stopped. Say WHAT? There must be a book 3. Right? RIGHT?

I do enjoy these as fun books to listen to while driving.
Jake Rideout
Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There better be a third. Johnson, forget the sequel to Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes. The next Twitter update better be about a third Scarlett book.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again, the family dynamics play a big part in why I like this book so much. The siblings' interactions get more nuanced and more complicated. Spencer has matured a bit, but still not completely, and he takes it out on Lola. Lola, for her part, is struggling with feeling less than her boyfriends' peers, and doesn't know what direction her life will take. Her relationship with Scarlett grows stronger, as Lola is able to confide in Scarlett. Marlene is being suspiciously nice, but she's up to ...more
I read this many years ago, when I was 14 and foolish. I was delighted, however, to find that it still had lots of charm. Scarlett is a character that it is easy to root for: she is capable and full of ideas and also has issues, and overall, it’s simply delightful. Scarlett Fever introduces something of a love triangle, but Scarlett is a good person and has people to support her and is not in agony and neither of the boys is waiting around for her answer, so I didn’t mind that much at all. Max i ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually really liked this little novel. Even though I jumped the line and accidentally read #2 before #1, it didn't feel like I was missing much at all. It felt like it's own little novel. I'll definitely be looking out for the rest of the Scarlett series. I really enjoyed this book. It had some wonderful profound moments without feeling like our main character was stretching out of herself. (Sometimes with YA books, I have a hard time that teenagers are getting to the 'correct moral ground' ...more
I really liked the first book, Suite Scarlett, so I went into this with a considerable amount of expectations. And it was going good and I was liking it as much as I liked the previous book until that ending happened. Which should not be called an ending since we are left, basically, in the middle of the story. There is minimal conclusion (unless, of course, my copy of the book had missing pages...) which is disappointing. I would love a sequel from this but that may be just wishful thinking.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this! It was cute and sweet. Scarlett is a likable character. I am a bit disappointed that their is no third book because I liked Max and I wanted to know what happened to him and Scarlett. I have tweeted to Maureen Johnson, but I am not sure if she will reply. These books are so much better than the 13 Little Blue Envelopes series.
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Maureen knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. She went to high school at an all-girls' Catholic school and graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in writing. She now lives and writes in New York City.

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