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review: “suite scarlett” July 8, 2009

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Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson.
Point // Hardcover // 368 pages.
Reviewed from library copy.

On her fifteenth birthday, Scarlett Martin is given a most unusual gift — her very own room at her family’s Manhattan hotel and the guest residing in the Empire Suite, both are hers to take care of. Amy Amberson, a down-and-out actress, turns Scarlett’s world upside-down, dragging her through adventures, getting her into trouble, and coming to her rescue. But when Scarlett’s brother Spencer needs help pulling off a major stunt, can Scarlett and Mrs. Amberson come to his resuce?

“Suite Scarlett” was a no-brainer for me. Maureen Johnson (whom I adore — Check out her Twitter! You will fall in love with her too. Maureen’s Twitter), Broadway, and siblings. But at the same time, I was still surprised that I liked this book *that* much.

The best part, for me, was the relationship between Scarlett and her siblings. Being an older sister, I do not like it when authors write unrealistic sibling relationships. The way that the sibling relationships are written in this book are truly remarkable. After Scarlett and Spencer’s fight was over, I reached over in the car and hugged my sister tightly. She didn’t protest and I didn’t explain. (She’s used to this kind of stuff by now though.) I was stunned when I looked through Maureen Johnson’s website and found out she doesn’t have any siblings! For me, that makes the book all the better and the quality of writing all the better.

I have to admit I’m a bit of a sap and the Eric/Scarlett romance drew me in. But I was so satisfied with how the book left their characters. And Mrs. Amberson takes the cake on eccentric characters. She’s my new favorite and I wish she’d come to Illinois and create some mischief for me.

The cover didn’t do the book justice, and I actually like the paperback version better. The cover makes the book a harder sell in my library, but this book is definitely worth the work of the pitch. Can’t wait to recommend it.

SWAN catalog
Maureen Johnson



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