Friday, May 15, 2009

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Title: Suite Scarlett
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Point
Reading Level: Young Adult, 12+
Publication Date: May 1, 2008
Pages: 368
My Edition: Hardcover
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Rating: B+
Plot - 18/20
Characters - 18/20
Writing - 17/20
Originality - 19/20
Entertainment - 8/10
Recommendation - 8/10
Total: 88/100

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. Her nineteen-year-old brother, Spencer, is an out of work actor facing a family deadline to get his career in order. Eighteen-year-old Lola has the delicate looks of a model, the practical nature of a nurse, and a wealthy society boyfriend. Eleven-year-old Marlene is the family terror with a tragic past.

When the Martins turn fifteen, they are each 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 named 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.

With Mrs. Amberson calling the shots, Spencer’s career to save, Lola’s love life to navigate around, and Marlene’s prying eyes everywhere, things won’t be easy. Before the summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of thievery, Broadway glamour, romantic missteps, and theatrical deception.

The show, as they say, must always go on . . . .

I really wasn't expecting what I got out of this novel. Maureen Johnson's novels have been kind of on the fence with me. I like one book, but then I can't get in the other, I like the next, can't finish the other. So where did I think this would get me? It was the best books of hers the I have yet read, that's what.

I have to say the whole old-school glamour of this novel, it gave this novel a awesome atmosphere to it. I just loved it because of that, it was awesome. The plot was a simple plot. Nothing spectacular, but because of the setting and the old style of it, it felt like it was worth more then it was. Which means it was awesome.

I loved the realness of everything. The characters were the best. They were so real, and alive. Scarlett was a really fun character. She was just like an average teenager, discover her first crush, her first boyfriend, going through her families rough time. It was all very average teenager-y stuff. Very fun stuff.

This novel was fun, real, and honest. Plus I loved how the guy to love wasn't the love interest of Scarlett but her honest to god *swoon*-ish brother, Spencer. That is totally different and I loved it. But, yes. This novel is one to buy, and whoo! It just came out in paperback with a awesome new cover.


  1. I've only read her 13 Little Blue Envelopes and want to read her other stories =) Maybe I'll check this one out.

  2. I bought this like a long time ago...I started reading it, but then for whatever reason, I stopped reading it. Actually, I was reading too much at the time. But I can't wait to return to it; I loved what I read of it.

  3. I really like that cover, and it sounds like a good read! Great review!


  4. The synopsis doesn't sound appealing to me but after reading your review, I want to check this book out.

  5. I've been meaning to read this one..
    and now I know I really have to!
    Great review!

  6. I completely agree, Spencer is amazing.

    Besides that though, Suite Scarlett was simply average to me. Good review. :)

    - Alex

  7. I am doing this book for a project and cannot find a person that resmbles Ms. Anderson.. Help anyone?

  8. awesome book! the begenning was alittle boring but makes alot of sense if u keep reading!!!!!!!!! :)


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