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Friday, March 19, 2010

Maureen Johnson: Suite Scarlett

After reading and loving 13 Little Blue Envelopes, I knew I wanted to read more books by Maureen Johnson. The cover art for Suite Scarlett caught my attention--It's quite striking!--so I knew I had to read it next.

Synopsis:
Her new summer job comes with baggage.

Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small hotel in the heart of New York City, and Scarlett lives there with her four siblings - Spencer, Lola, and Marlene.

When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite in the once elegant, now shabby Art Deco hotel. For Scarlett's fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite, and a permanent guest called Mrs. Amberson.

Scarlett doesn't quite know what to make of this C-list starlet, world traveler, and aspiring autobiographer who wants to take over her life. And when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn.

Before the summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of thievery, Broadway glamour, romantic missteps, and theatrical deceptions. But in the city where anything can happen, she just might be able to pull it off.


Could you imagine living in a hotel? Who cares if you have to take care of rooms and guests! To me, Scarlett's life was unique and fun! I was so immersed in the story that I couldn't stop reading. I loved Scarlett's family and the supporting cast so much that I couldn't stop smiling as I read about them and their crazy adventures.

Seriously, I loved this book. Maureen Johnson included all of the perfect elements: eccentric characters, an offbeat hotel, theatre, stolen kisses, betrayal, an intriguing guest, family drama, triumph over adversity, and sparkling dialogue.

As the title suggests, Scarlett is the main character, but each of her siblings--older brother Spencer, older sister Lola, and little sister Marlene--get equal story time and end up being essential to the plot. Their individual stories added extra depth to the story. With so many likable characters, how could you not hope for the best and root for their success?

The supporting cast, especially the worldly Mrs. Amberson, was so skillfully woven into the story that it was easy to feel Scarlett's every emotion.

Having New York City as the characters' playground only made Suite Scarlett all the more exciting.

Maureen Johnson has now officially become one of my favorite authors. I can't wait to see what happens next in Scarlett Fever!


For more information, visit Maureen Johnson at:
@maureenjohnson
maureenjohnsonbooks.com

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