Title: Suite Scarlett
Series: Scarlett #1
Author: Maureen Johnson
Published Date: May 1st 2008
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Page Count: 368
My Rating: ★ ★ ★
Scarlett Martin has
grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small
Art Deco hotel in the heart of New York City. When each of the Martins
turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite. For
Scarlett's fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire
Suite and a permanent guest named Mrs. Amberson. Scarlett doesn't quite
know what to make of this C-list starlet and world traveler.
when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved
to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn.
the summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of
thievery and romantic missteps. But in the city where anything can
happen, she just might be able to pull it off.
“Well, what now? You have no job. I have no job. Wanna play Jenga?”
When Suite Scarlett starts we find out that the family is having more money trouble then the children realized which means that Scarlett and her siblings will have to help out more. What this also means is that now that Scarlett
is old enough she will now get a guest to take care of. What she
doesn't expect is to get so involved in her guests life and end up
becoming said guests personal assistant. As a personal assistant to the
guest she first starts off by becoming the guest memoir writer, and
errand runner. Some what thankfully though the guest ends up getting
caught up in Spencer's (brother) theater/acting life and ends up taking
over that and helping her brother be able to have a small acting career. I'm not going to say anything else about this because this is what
the main part of the story ends up being about. (Which I think is why I
ended up losing interest.)
With this though we also have the side mini stories of Lola (sister) and her boyfriend having troubles and Spencer and Scarlett
hating the boyfriend caused problems as well. Then, we also have
Marlene who is the baby sister who is also a cancer survivor and doesn't
really like anyone besides her parents, Lola and Lola's boyfriend. Lola
is a character that I liked and didn't like a lot due to the fact of
how she just made Scarlett's life living hell whenever Scarlett
got talked into taking her anywhere. Last, but certainly not drama free
we also have Eric who is in Spencer's friend/acting partner. Eric is a
character I really wanted to like, but I just never fully trusted him.
While I ended up having good reasons for not trusting him it also made
me sad for Scarlett because of the way he treated her. I am glad she ended up slightly standing up for herself in the end I just wish she had stuck more to it.
I really tried not to compare this story to Maureen's other series
(Shades of London) which I know we shouldn't do, but we all know it
still happens. Sadly this one just didn't hold my attention as much or
make me want to know what was going to happen next. I did enjoy the
story and I found it interesting at times, but a lot of the time I was
just not interested. I might read the second book in the series, but as
of right now I'm not sure if I will or not.