Wednesday, April 22, 2009
By Maureen Johnson
# of pages: 353
Age range: 14 +
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 . . . .
M: What can i say, I'm a huge fan of Ms. Maureen Johnson. And her newest novel, Suite Scarlett did not disappoint. Just like many of her novels, readers can expect a moving plot with plenty of twists and turns but without the fluffiness of a short little romance or fashionista novel. Maureen Johnson delivers in Suite Scarlett, the plot is original and entertaining with great character development.
Scarlett is your typical Manhattan born teenager; typical as in lives in a once grand art-deco hotel with three unique siblings and parents who refuse to give her a cell phone until she's fifteen! So now that Scarlett's fifteen she is a proud owner of a new shiny cell - oh and the manager of the Empire Suite with permanent resident Mrs. Amberson.
Mrs. Amberson isn't your typical hotel guest, the c-list starlet has money to spend and opinions to give galor. It seems she wants to relive her Manhattan glory days through Scarlett. Luckily Scarlett has adorable Erick to run too, I mean he's only three years older and her brother Spencer's acting buddy...
But it's not like any one's going to find out, right? Spencer wouldn't care, right? And Erick can still date a sophomore in college, right? Poor Scarlett her summer is becoming a bigger hassel than she thought. :(. And to make matters worse her brothers acting gig just got cancelled, but there does happen to be an empty hotel ready for use...
In this comical and smile worthy novel, Johnson manages to tie together a growing family and overcome Scarlett's...not so unusual teen problems. All the loose ends get tied up and the characters all go through amazing self discoveries all the while you don't feel like your reading a heavily emotional Sarah Dessen novel. I would definitely suggest reading this novel, it's a great read.
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Song: one original thing - cheyenne kimball