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Suite Scarlett Paperback – May 1, 2009
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Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson has family values. Rather, it values family: The Hopewell has been passed down through the Martin family for generations. The current owners are struggling to keep it going, and their children readily pitch in to help. Well, "readily" is relative - no pun intended. There's Spencer, the oldest at nineteen, an actor skilled at comedy and pratfalls; Lola, a recent high school graduate whose rich boyfriend can give her everything she wants - except that which matters most; Scarlett, the Suite's sweet protagonist; and Marlene, the youngest, who has no problem saying what she likes and what she doesn't. On his or her fifteenth birthday, each Martin gets a suite to care for. The book begins with Scarlett turning fifteen, getting assigned the Empire Suite, and finding out just how tight things are getting in the hotel. "We'll get by," her father says. "We always do."
And they do. I really enjoyed the family dynamic in this book. Spencer and Scarlett are close, as are Marlene and Lola. They all get along, but Scarlett's bond with her brother is stronger than that with either of her sisters. Thus, a large part of Scarlett's story also belongs to Spencer. He put a culinary scholarship on hold to pursue his acting, and his parents gave him a year to become a working actor or buckle down for school. With that year almost up, Spencer is anxious for something to come his way that pays him (to make his parents happy) and challenges him (to make him happy), so he's thrilled to when he gets the opportunity to be in a production of Hamlet. Spencer has such a good heart.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a retired teacher, I believe that this is appropriate reading for teens. The story moves along quickly and resolves all issues in an entertaining And believable way.Published 4 months ago by Connie Baradziej
it's pretty good book a little slow to get started love the countryPublished 20 months ago by Ele Mosley
The characters in the book were delightful. The story line was simple but fun.Published 20 months ago by Marilyn Mitchener
Not sure how "Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes" got all the hype. I like that book, but I find the "Scarlett" series better. Read morePublished 22 months ago by C. Sherrill
This was an enjoyable, quick book. Perfect for the beach or a long plane / train ride. Fun summer read!Published on July 15, 2014 by ChaoticLikeableSkate
This book was a great deal of fun. It's so light and airy compared to what I generally read. Everything about it seemed to be designed to make you feel good or empathize with the... Read morePublished on May 16, 2014 by Jwb52z
Sometimes you just want to read along with interesting people who are part of an interesting family in an interesting place. Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by Pop Bop