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Scarlett Fever

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by Maureen Johnson

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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


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.

Scarlett's also trying to juggle sophomore year classes, her lab partner who is being just a little TOO nice, and getting over the boy who broke her heart.

In the midst of all this, her parents drop a bombshell that threatens to change her New York life forever...

Praise for Suite Scarlett:

"Utterly winning, madcap Manhattan face, crafted with a winking, urbane narrative and tight, wry dialogue." - Booklist, starred review

"The authentic charm of the characters and the endearing sweetness of their odd familial relationships…make this light read worthwhile." - Kirkus Reviews

"Johnson keeps the laughs coming." - Horn Book

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jody Little
15-year-old Scarlett Martin's life is full of chaos. Her family lives and runs a financially strapped hotel. She is pining over her former boyfriend, Eric, the handsome actor who starred in the hotel's summer production of Hamlet. Her persistent boss, Mrs. Amberson, has just become an agent, and Scarlett is practically her indentured servant. To add to the chaos, Scarlett's youngest sister is returning home from a summer camp for children with cancer. Her older sister, Lola, cannot decide if she wants to keep seeing her extremely wealthy boyfriend, and her brother, Spencer, has just landed a role on the popular TV drama series, Crime and Punishment. To make matters worse, Mrs. Amberson has asked Scarlett to keep her eye on Max, a new boy at her school, who also happens to be the brother of Mrs. Amberson's newest client, the teen Broadway sensation, Chelsea Biggs. There are many moments of sensational writing in this novel, and while the subplots are often overwhelming, the author manages to keep Scarlett mixed up in the action at all times. The ambiguous ending will either disappoint readers or make them begging for a sequel. Reviewer: Jody Little
VOYA - Amy Fiske
Scarlett and her loveably dysfunctional family are back in this sequel to Suite Scarlett (Point, 2008/VOYA August 2008). The staging of Hamlet is over, and the Hopewell Hotel retreats to its faded, threadbare elegance. Still reeling from her failed romance with Eric, Scarlett obsessively watches the video of his pizza commercial online. Her employer, Mrs. Amberson, has checked out of the Hopewell and enlisted Scarlett to assist with her fledgling talent agency. Scarlett's first assignment is to win over wannabe star Chelsea and her overbearing stage mother. Once school starts, she is also saddled with Chelsea's malcontent brother, Max, and hilarity ensues. Meanwhile, cancer survivor Marlene returns from summer camp with a new agenda, Spencer finds instant notoriety when he is hired to play a villain in a popular cop drama, and Lola reconciles with her wealthy ex-boyfriend. A hairless dog with an incontinence problem, a surly doorman, and flying doughnuts all play a role in this over-the-top, highly entertaining read. Although this is a follow-up to Suite Scarlett, it is not necessary to read the previous novel to enjoy Scarlett Fever. The plot careens like a runaway train at times, but it's great fun to be along for the ride. The strength of the novel is its fascinating characters; they are well drawn, complex, and believable. Family drama and issues about money and social class keep things real and ground the story. An abrupt ending leaves readers hanging, begging for more. Hopefully, Johnson will oblige us with a third book. Reviewer: Amy Fiske
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—After a whirlwind summer, Scarlett Martin is ready to go back to school in Maureen Johnson's sequel (2008) to Suite Scarlett (2010, both Scholastic). Starting her sophomore year is not all it's cracked up to be, though, as the teen faces difficult classes, a somewhat annoyingly attractive lab partner, a confusing ex-boyfriend, a not-just-limited-to-afterschool job, a suddenly infamous actor brother, two sisters acting totally unlike themselves, and parents in deep financial straits. Narrator Jeannie Stith gives each character a unique voice and easily maneuvers listeners through heartrending moments; forehead slapping, groan inducing situations; and laugh-out-loud scenes. Nothing seems to go right as Scarlett struggles to return her brother to New York's favor, to help both her sisters cope with their life decisions, to help her boss land and keep an important client, and to figure out what her heart is really telling her. Coupled with an engaging plot, Stith's reading will easily engage even reluctant listeners. For library collections already circulating Suite Scarlett.—Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
The sequel measures well above its predecessor in this hilarious follow-up to Suite Scarlett (2008), which first introduced the eccentric, New York-dwelling Martin family. Picking up just a few weeks later, Scarlett is still convincingly nursing a broken heart and being run ragged by her employer, Mrs. Amberson, who has ambitions of becoming an agent. She helps the eldest Martin sibling, Spencer, land a role on a popular TV show and sets about courting another prospective client, whose disagreeable brother, Max, just happens to be starting at Scarlett's high school. While there is much that is predictable in this comedic romance, the characterizations are a dream. Older sister Lola is allowed to show her achingly real insecurities. Spencer and Mrs. Amberson's antics (and in addition, the lap dog acquired by the latter and described at one point as "my hairless little anxiety attack") are uproariously funny. Readers will have to read the first to understand this one, and the decidedly cliffhanger conclusion will ensure they are left in fevered anticipation of the next. (Comedy. 12 & up)

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Scholastic, Inc.
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5.86(w) x 8.58(h) x 1.19(d)
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Maureen Johnson is the author of Suite Scarlett (also available on audio from Brilliance Audio), The Key to the Golden Firebird, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Bermudez Triangle, Devilish, and Girl at Sea. She lives in New York City. You can visit her online at www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com.

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Scarlett Fever 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
RebeccaLeach More than 1 year ago
Scarlett Fever is a fantastic follow-up to the first book in the series, Suite Scarlett. Life is never dull for anyone in the Martin family, especially Scarlett, whose job as Mrs. Amberson's personal assistant is becoming even more hectic and insane now that her boss has started an agency and is looking for talented actors to represent. She's also dealing with Eric-or rather, the lack of Eric-and thinking about him constantly, trying to move on from the disastrous not-quite-relationship they had in the first book. As a final touch to Scarlett's already overwhelming sophomore year, her new lab partner, Max, also happens to be the younger brother of Mrs. Amberson's newest client, a fifteen-year-old Broadway star-and Max seems intent on antagonizing Scarlett at every possible opportunity. Just like the first book, the characters in Scarlett Fever are what make this novel so compelling. Scarlett is dealing with a lot of familiar problems that readers will relate to-antagonistic classmates, difficult adults/bosses, and heartbreak-and she does so in ways that are amusing, gratifying, painful, and completely real. Her relationships with the other characters in the book, like her brother Spencer, her best friend Dakota, Mrs. Amberson, and (of course) Eric, are all deliciously complicated and entertaining. Every supporting characters is also fantastically rich with personality, adding a depth to this story that is difficult to achieve. The plot moves quickly, though not too quickly, as the story unfolds and tension builds, bringing everything to a climax that is both satisfying and leaves the reader eagerly awaiting the third book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LUV THIS BOOK!!! Plus, my friend waz practically beggin me to lend it to her. It is a must read for all teen and tween girls. (Or the young at heart) ENJOY!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously? Please someone tell me that this is a trilogy and that it's just taking awhile for the third book to come out? I can't imagine a writer just leaving a book hanging like this. When i finished the last page I automatically assumed there was a third book either already released or soon to be released. Until I saw the date this book was published and read the reviews about the ending. Did the writer just get bored with the storyline and move on to writing other books instead? This book has more loose ends than a pair of cut off jean shorts! Ridiculous. I'm completely baffled by the lack of negative reviews in light of the ending. Maybe people who hated it just didn't want to waste anymore time on anything having to do with this letdown? I don't know, but I felt like I owed it to readers to let them know that at the end of this book you'll probably feel ripped off. Maybe not. Apparently a lot of people like it. Other than the way this book was left hanging, like a worn out climber on Mt. Everest, the book wasn't horrible. There are some very likeable characters. The witty banter between Scarlet and her brother was always entertaining. The Eric situation was a complete waste. Why have her obsessing over someone she never really dated and had like two or three closed mouth kisses with for like a book and a half? Very childish. By the way (note to author) most fifteen year olds don't have that type of an attention span when it comes to guys they don't have much contact with. Didn't make sense to drag that "relationship" out once he left for college. Which brings me to the question, am I the only one who's slightly skeeved out by the fact that this college guy would wanna date a fifteen year old? Anyway, her moping got really annoying. And just when a more suitable character for her to be involved with starts to make a connection.......book over! Not to mention the other characters, like Spencer, who deserved better than this ending. So strange. I hope I'm just jumping the gun and a third book is actually going to get published. If that's the case, then I will revise my review. Until that time I can't in good faith give this book higher than two stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome but bad ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!!!! It really has you laughing the whole way through, and it always has you guessing on what is going to happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the girst one and cant wait too read this one"!"!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Summer's end is upon the Hopewell Hotel and the Martin family. After a summer spent working around the Hamlet production taking place in the Hopewell's dining room, Scarlett Martin is ready to make a new start in all aspects of her life. In fact, all of the Martin children seem to be working toward something this fall. Lola, the eldest, seems adrift and desperate to find something to cling to. Spencer is still trying to launch his acting career--even if it could mean playing one of the most hated characters of all time. And Marlene, the youngest Martin, is being nice; a little too nice to avoid raising suspicion among the other Martins in fact. Meanwhile Scarlett is determined to stay on track at her rigorous high school--even if her new lab partner is determined to drive her insane. More importantly Scarlett is ready to get over Eric, her dreamy almost-boyfriend from the summer. Scarlett is even prepared to deal with her new job assisting Mrs. Amberson, formerly the Hopewell's crazy resident, now Spencer's crazy agent. When Mrs. Amberson acquires her second client, a rising Broadway star Scarlett's age, everything starts to get complicated. Scarlett finds herself dragged into the lives of both the new client Chelsea and her maddeningly annoying older brother Max (see mention of new lab partner above). Resolutions aside, nothing goes quite the way Scarlett planned, but maybe that's the way it's supposed to be in Scarlett Fever (2010) by Maureen Johnson. Scarlett Fever is the sequel to Maureen Johnson's earlier book Suite Scarlett. It is also the second book in what Johnson says on her website will be a trilogy (the books really stand alone if you happen to for some reason decide to only read this one but really if you are intrigued, reading from the beginning will make it that much more fun). If you thought you liked the first book, boy howdy are you in for a surprise with this one because you are going to LOVE it. As Johnson's amazing website puts it, the summer was nothing. In Scarlett Fever school is in session and things are about to get real for Scarlett and the Martin family. Law & Order and a dog with what appears to be Social Anxiety Disorder may or may not also play large roles in the story. Sometimes with a trilogy, or any extended series, the middle books suffer because everyone knows the books before and after will be around to pick up the slack. This situation creates what I refer to as a bridge book-- a book that cannot stand without the support of the series (I'm looking at you Playing with Fire). That situation does not exist here. While I'll never suggest skipping books in a series, you could here. Johnson provides just enough information about earlier events without getting repetitive or, gasp, boring. The story here is also fully developed and grounded, for the most part, in this book. There are, of course, unresolved threads since there is going to be a third book. Maureen Johnson is a really funny writer, a fact that is especially clear on her blog and when she tweets. Being a talented writer, Johnson sometimes handles some heavy issues which don't always allow her keen humor to come through. It comes through in Scarlett Fever without making this a slapstick story . . . except maybe for that one time with the cake.
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The ending is super disappointing so watch out.
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This book was amazing. I loved it smuch icouldnt put it down.
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CappyS More than 1 year ago
I love just about everything Maureen Johnson has ever written. This book was a wonderful sequel to Suite Scarlett, and my friend made me lend it to her on the Nook :) If you like this and are looking for another good Maureen Johnson book, Devilish and The Key to the Golden Firebird are definitely her best
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