Title: Suite Scarlett
Author: Maureen Johnson
Fifteen-year-old Scarlett Martin is stuck in New York City for the summer working at her quirky family’s historic hotel, but her out-of-work actor brother’s attractive new friend and a seasonal guest who offers her an intriguing and challenging writing project improve her outlook.
I originally read this book maybe two years ago, and I remember finding it fairly entertaining, a fun summer read. When I saw the second book at the library along with the first book, I decided to reread the first book before the second. This time around left me with the same opinion – it was a very fun book to read when you just want to be entertained.
One of the most interesting things about this book are the secondary characters. The main character, Scarlett is a bit dull – you never really find out much about her personality, and the story mostly shows what’s going on around her instead of her adventures. But I’m okay with that because Scarlett’s family is so interesting. Spencer, the oldest and only boy, brings the most laughs of the story. As an aspiring actor, he’s always overly dramatic, but in a good over-the-top way that makes you laugh out loud sometimes. The next Martin sibling, Lola, is a bit of a foil for Spencer’s crazy antics – she’s the calm, level-headed one who occasionally swims in other circles above her family’s. And then there’s the little nightmare, Marlene, the reason for most of the Martins’ problems. Of course, there’s also Mrs. Amberson, who’s just as melodramatic and crazy as Spencer. All of these characters make the story so interesting and fun to read.
The romance wasn’t as interesting. Eric wasn’t the type of guy I would dream about, so maybe that was what made him so boring for me. Either way, I preferred the parts where Scarlett was with her siblings or Mrs. Amberson rather than Eric. If the story had just been about that, I might have given it a higher score. Overall, though, this was a fun book to read and I was happy that I could immediately start reading the next book to continue the craziness of the Hopewell Hotel and its happenings.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars