Title: Scarlett Fever
Author: Maureen Johnson
Ever since Mrs. Amberson, the former-aspiring-actress-turned-agent, entered Scarlett Martin’s life, nothing has been the same. She’s still in charge of the Empire Suite in her family’s hotel, but she’s now also Mrs. Amberson’s assistant, running around town for her star client, Chelsea – a Broadway star Scarlett’s age with a knack for making her feel insignificant.
I reread the first book in this series as a bit of a refresher before starting this book, and though it was helpful and entertaining, I didn’t really need to. This book didn’t need too much background, although it can be helpful – it could be its own adventure, if you wanted to just jump right in without taking the time to read the first one.
As I was reading this book, I found myself enjoying it even more than the first book. All of my favorite characters from the first book were in here, having crazy adventures of their own along with the protagonist’s, Scarlett. And this time I found the romance a little more endearing, rather than her previous one with Eric, although he did keep popping up in this book, especially at the end. Scarlett seemed a tad more fleshed out in this book, but once again the real stars of the story are her family, rather than the main character.
One of my biggest problems with this book was the introduction of the friends. For some reason, I tend to have a problem with friends of protagonists – they can either be hilarious and my favorite characters or the type of people who you want to punch in order to get them to shut up. These friends in this book fall in the latter category. I’m not sure why, since luckily, excluding one friend, they’re barely in this book, but they just got on my nerves. Plus I felt like the friendships weren’t very realistic – (this isn’t really a spoiler, but alert anyway) I mean, how many girls have one guy friend who they always hang out with who isn’t gay and has made out with all the girls multiple times? For some reason, that just really got on my nerves.
Before I came to the end of the book, I was thinking this book would get a grade of 3.5 or even 4 stars. Then came the ending. Completely out of nowhere, plus it’s a total cliff hanger. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a third book, so I figured this book would tie up all the loose ends. No way. Instead, it gave me an ending that had me wanting to throw the book across the room. But there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel – a third (and final, I think) book is being written, and hopefully it’ll clean up the mess that this book ended with.
Other than that, though, I did like this book. Sure, it’s more of fluff that real substance, but sometimes you need that. I thought it was a fun book and better than the first one – now I just have to hope that the third book is the best of all.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars