June 13, 2011

Review: Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Scarlett Martin's family owns and lives in a small hotel in New York City called the Hopewell. Everyone in the Martin family helps out around the hotel. When the children reach the age of fifteen, they take over the care of a suite. Now that she has turned fifteen, Scarlett has taken over the care of the Empire Suite. The Hopewell has seen better days, so the Martins are thrilled when a guest decides to stay the entire summer. A glamorous and eccentric has-been actress named Amy Amberson chooses to stay in the Empire Suite, and she expects Scarlett to attend to her every need at all times.Meanwhile, Scarlett's older brother Spencer is trying to kick-start his acting career, and he needs her help, but Scarlett can't help but be distracted by her crush on Spencer's co-star. 

I loved the unique setting of an old, family-run hotel in NYC, and I enjoyed reading the details about the hotel's history which were sprinkled throughout the narrative. The characters were interesting, and their relationships felt real. I had a little trouble connecting to Scarlett because the book was written in third person, so we're not getting the story through Scarlett's eyes and we can't get into her head and read her thoughts. The plot had plenty of twists and turns along the way to keep me interested, though. Suite Scarlett is equal parts humorous and heartwarming. I will definitely be checking out some more Maureen Johnson books in the future (starting with Scarlett Fever, the sequel)!


As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

I like her Little Blue Envelope books quite a bit. Curious--do you usually have trouble connecting with characters written in the third person, or just in this case?

Annette said...

I've read almost everything Johnson has written except this on and it's sequel. I really need to get on that. Thanks for the review.

Cari said...

I love your blog design! I have this book on my shelf and picked it up before I knew who Maureen was but I also was drawn in by the setting of the family-run hotel. I'll have to read it soon.

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