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Suite Scarlett Paperback – May 1, 2009
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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.
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: 5/1/2009
- Pages: 368
- Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
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Plot: Maureen Johnson has created a really interesting plot. Some of the factors that really caught my eye were 1) The hotel that the Martin family owns 2) Mrs. Amberson moving into the hotel and 3) The different and unique members of Scarlett's family.
Writing: Maureen Johnson writes very descriptively, so it wasn't hard at all to create an image of the Hopewell Hotel in my mind.
Bonus Factors: Acting. Acting is a big part of this story because Scarlett's older brother is an aspiring actor and Mrs. Amberson is also one.
Protagonist: Scarlett is a smart person. She's a headstrong young woman and it is very fun to read about her.
Who Would I Recommend this Novel To? To anyone who enjoys young adult fiction.
Mrs. Amberson was a sort of odd combination of Auntie Mame and "The Cat in the Hat." She certainly meant well, and all was well in the end, but she definitely left a mess in her wake. I was a bit afraid of her being too "magical" and fixing everything with her money, which would have ruined the book, but I thought her actions and the consequences thereof were fairly realistic.
The one thing that bothered me, and the reason why I only gave it 4 stars, is the interaction between Scarlett and her brother's friend Eric. I can understand just-barely-15-year-old-still-jailbait Scarlett crushing on 19-year-old-ish college student Eric, but having Eric return these feelings (sort of) and repeatedly making out with her was a bit squicky. Yet the age/experience difference didn't even seem noteworthy to anyone in the book, including Scarlett's oblivious parents, the not-so-oblivious Mrs. Amberson, and Scarlett's older brother.
Good book for anyone about 14 and up, especially girls.
Mom and Dad might just enjoy being in on a little fun, especially since it will benefit their desperate desire to keep a vintage roof over all 6 of their heads.
Scarlett's family lives in a run down hotel in New York City. The charm of the hotel is its history, but Scarlett's family is struggling to keep the doors open and as our story begins, things seem to have taken a turn for the worse. With a younger sister who is a cancer survivor and whose medical bills didn't help the family finances, an older brother who wants to be a starving actor - quite literally if he has to be - and an older sister who seems like she has it all together, Scarlett and her siblings have to band together to help her family with the hotel. Top this off with her brother's play that seems doomed from it's beginning, his scene partner that has Scarlett seeing stars and the mysterious Mrs. Amberson who likes to shake things up and you've got a book packed with a fun and witty plot.
A quick-thinking, problem solver with strong family ties, Scarlett, is an endearing character and I found myself cheering for her from the very beginning. Mrs. Amberson - who moves into their hotel for the summer - takes her on as an assistant and meddles in the life of her family, putting Scarlett in some awkward situations which she has to power through. There is a bit of sibling rivalry, but it's clear to see that Scarlett and her siblings love and respect each other.
There are times when the story read a little sitcomesque, but overall I thought that Suite Scarlett was a wonderful read. Though it walks the line, it never crosses over to saccharine or corny; its quick pace guarantees that there is never a dull moment.