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The Compulsive Reader: Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Friday, April 18, 2008

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson



Every 15th birthday in the Martin family is special. It is at this age that each of the Martin children has received suites in the family's Hopewell Hotel that they are responsible for. And on her birthday, Scarlett receives the Empire Suite, along with its new permanent guest, Mrs. Amberson. Mrs. Amberson is unconventional, exasperating, and demanding, and Scarlett resents that because of her, she can't get a regular summer job. But when Mrs. Amberson saves Scarlett's brother Spencer's show, a rendition of Hamlet, from certain disbandment, and insists on being a part of it, Scarlett doesn't quite mind so much. It would certainly bring her a lot closer to Eric, who is astonishingly good looking and just happens to be a part of the cast...

Suite Scarlet is quirky, fun, and oh so hilarious. Johnson's trademark engaging writing style, subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) humor, and intelligent lexicon will not fail to captivate readers once again. It's wonderfully refreshing to read about siblings that actually like each other, but are every bit as dysfunctional as the next family. The dynamics between Scarlett and Spencer especially are a delight to read, and their characters are wonderfully pragmatic and expressive. Mrs. Amberson is a sort of insane and intriguing enigma whose eccentricities and antics add just the right amount of pizzazz to the plot. Throw in each of the carefully presented details, from avid descriptions of Scarlett's family and friends, and crazy theatrical catastrophes, to bits of trivia from throughout the lives of the Martin family, and you have a comprehensive look at Scarlett's life, forging a connection between reader and protagonist that you won't want to sever...and you want have to; a sequel is already in the works. The release of Suite Scarlett has only reinforced Johnson’s status as one of the top YA authors out there today.

4 comments:

Book Chic said...

Great review! This book is in my TBR pile sort of; I actually sent it to my friend Lauren, who's gonna read and review it for me. But I can't wait to read it myself.

Chelsie said...

I was gonna buy this book, but then I had money issues and couldn't! I was really upset...

Great review!

Te amo,
Chelsie

ecopoliticchick said...

I loved this book! It was AMAZING (I read it in one day)! Good review by the way...

Em said...

Ahh, I can't wait to read this! :-)