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Scarlett Fever

Author: Maureen Johnson
Originally Published: 2010
Publisher: Point, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
Source: Purchased

The Story

I don’t remember where Suite Scarlett finished off… but Scarlett Fever starts up after the hotel-version of Hamlet has finished up. And now – it’s fall. Translation: back to school!

Of course, things are never easy for Scarlett, though.

Her employer, Amy Amberson, has started managing actors – mainly, Scarlett’s brother Spencer. Spencer gets a job on a large crime drama playing a most-loathed character, and for some reason, people can’t seem to grasp the fact that his character is, um… fictional. (Hijinks with donuts ensue!) (Also, I have of course NEVER forgotten the fact that a character is fictional. Nope, not me. Not me at all. Never, ever, EVER.) And of course there is Amberson’s potential new client, who has a brother who seems to live to annoy Scarlett.

And that doesn’t even begin to cover Eric, the boy Scarlett can’t seem to get over…

The Review

First thoughts about this book? The cover isn’t nearly as pretty as the first one. In fact, it’s kind of … boring. THANKFULLY this is a case where one should NOT judge a book by its cover because this book is everything BUT boring.

Okay. Firstly, I will fully admit that I read the acknowledgements in the back of the book before actually reading the rest of the book. Because that’s just how I roll. And from the acknowledgements, I knew that I was going to enjoy this book. Because it was pretty zany. Just like Johnson’s blog and twitter feeds are both zany. And that zaniness was present throughout the whole book, which was totally awesome.

I don’t know when the last time I loved a character as much as I love Spencer. I love the hijinks that he and his agent stage. And the cake scene. And the different ways to die. But especially the cake scene.

But, oh, seriously, what kind of ending is that? I want the next one NOW, how can you leave us hanging like that Maureen Johnson?? HOW? Anyone have any word when the next one is coming out? Neeeeeeeeeed. GRRR ARGH FANGIRLISH RAGE.

One thing I just realized – there’s only one more book in Johnson’s back catalogue that I haven’t read yet. I better savour it so that I don’t have to wait TOOOOOOO long until The Last Little Blue Envelope……. Anyway! Tangent!

The Bottom Line

WANT MORE NOW. NEED MORE NOW. Anyone who enjoyed the first book, and those who enjoy Johnson’s crazy hijinks online should read this. So much fun! Want more now! Now now now!

Other Reviews

Bookshelves of Doom, Dear Author, Sassymonkey Reads, Stella Matutina. Have you reviewed this book on your blog? Let me know and I’ll add your link.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:04 am November 25, 2010.
Category: Young Adult
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  • Memory

    I love Spencer soooooo much. I want him to be MY big brother.