Scarlett Fever

Scarlett Fever

by Maureen Johnson

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ISBN-13: 9780545096331
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,250,743
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Maureen Johnson is the author of SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, THE KEY TO THE GOLDEN FIREBIRD, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE BERMUDEZ TRIANGLE, DEVILISH, and GIRL AT SEA. She lives in New York City.

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Scarlett Fever 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 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.
ImBookingIt on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I'm tempted to knock it down to 3.5 stars for the ending, which didn't really satisfy me, but I guess it's like real life, where everything doesn't always wrap up neatly at a convenient time.Other than that, I enjoyed the book.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing 26 days ago
In this sequel to Suite Scarlett, Spencer is still trying to get his acting career off the ground, Lola is trying to figure out what to do with her life, Maureen is acting suspiciously nice, and Scarlett herself is obsessing over ex-boyfriend Eric and dealing with being an agent's assistant.Fun.
khooper on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This book is about Scarlett still working for Amy, who is now an acting agency. The name is AAA and sometimes she receives calls about spare tires. At the beginning of the book spencer, Scarlett¿s brother, was the only client of the agency. But soon they receive another client that is a Broadways actor with a brother that is somewhat left behind. While Scarlett was worried about this client, her brother Spencer got a job on one of her favorite shows Law and Order. At first it was supposed to be on TV appearance, but soon after Spencer supposal kill the main character Sunny. Spencer soon becomes one of the most hated men in New York. With all this Drama going on in Scarlett¿s life, is it possible to find love? YES! She starts to fall for their client¿s brother. And Scarlett¿s older sister in getting married to the rich guy that got her fired in the first book. Soon everyone¿s actions spoke louder than their words. Exciting right? Well that not all Spencer had some funny falls and Stunts that I think you should read for yourself. I recommend this book to every girl in the nation. It is super funny. Hope you enjoy!
RefPenny on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Scarlett lives in New York in the run-down hotel her family owns. She goes to High School and works for a theatrical agent, Amy Amberson. She has to deal with an older sister who seems determined to restart a relationship with the wrong man, a younger sister who has become scarily nice and a brother who suddenly finds fame as the villain in a popular TV show. And then there is Eric ¿ Scarlett¿s ex ¿ who she is having trouble forgetting.This book is a great read ¿ funny and touching ¿ but the ending leaves too many ends hanging. Would suit teen girls.
ericajsc on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I¿ll admit I was a little so-so about Suite Scarlett. It was entertaining, but not out-of-this-world hilarious. While I was grateful for the fact that there was a sequel because I enjoyed the characters, I didn¿t think the story really needed one. But I am so, so glad that Scarlett Fever came along. It was delightfully funny and it was nice to visit the Martins once again.Spencer is the best clown a story could ask for. The way the public responds to his television role had me laughing out loud. Pretty much whenever Spencer was in a scene, I was laughing. But Scarlett can hold her own. Whether she¿s with her friends at school, her family, or waist-deep in the Crazy her boss throws at her, there¿s something about her that makes me love her.Funny? Yes, this book is funny. I laughed so much more in this book than the first one, but I¿m not sure if that¿s because there was more humorous stuff or if I was more in tune with Maureen Johnson¿s sense of humor. Although I always found the dialogue snappy, I noticed a lot of subtle touches of comedy throughout the book, such as this:"Frances Perkins High School inhabited a remarkable building high up on Central Park West. It was red and gold brick, and grand, with two large round towers on the ends, high gothic arches for windows, and a long porch with porticoes like some kind of Italian villa. The plague on the front of the building said it was the site of ¿one of the city¿s oldest hospitals,¿ but it was common knowledge that it was an old mental asylum. It was given up as a lost cause and the neighborhood got too rough, possibly because it was full of formal mental patients. They hid up on the large wall of rock that jutted out of the park at 104th Street and jumped down on people from above and presumably ate their brains. Everyone knew this."I cannot tell you how hard I laughed at this. I couldn¿t even get through reading it to my husband without cracking up. So if you find that hilarious, this book is for you.A few notes about the characters: whenever Eric was in the book, I felt awkward and like he needed to leave. I liked him okay in the first book, but he was completely uninteresting to me in this one. The only explanation I can give for this is that, with classes in session in this book, I realized just how much older than Scarlett he is and it felt kind of icky. Plus there was that whole thing in the first book. I love that Mrs. Amberson is this omniscient evil genius woman who is very likely certifiably insane, but she always, always knows best. I¿m grateful that Chelsea wasn¿t in the story more than she was, because she seemed like a character that could very easily drive me insane. The addition of Max made this book for me. He¿s cocky and flawed and blasé. From his first appearance in the book up to the very last page, he did nothing but bring an angst-filled swagger that I loved.By the end of this book, I was so invested in the characters that I didn¿t want it to end. And it ended at the worst possible moment. I was flipping through the acknowledgements pages searching for the rest of the story. Because I need more.
jenreidreads on LibraryThing 27 days ago
An enjoyable sequel to Suite Scarlett. Spending more time with the Martin family was very fun. Again, the plot meanders a bit, but that seems to be Maureen Johnson's way (and like another reviewer said - her books seem even better after having "gotten to know her" on twitter). My big problem with this novel is the ending. Completely unexpected cliffhanger! And no prospect for another sequel on the horizon! Grr.
book_worm127 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Anyway, this book will not disappoint you if you liked Suite Scarlett. It's fun and hilarious, and will have you shaking your head at the crazy Martin family. Spencer is still my favorite character, despite his being pretty down in the dumps for a lot of the book. Mrs. Amberson is, if it's possible, even crazier, and the new characters are full of personality. I love that this book is set in New York City. It's such a perfect backdrop for all of the crazy things that happen, and has so much possibility. There really isn't an exact plot to this book, more like a sliver of Scarlett's life, which is interesting and different. Something that I found interesting was that Scarlett is funny, but what's more funny are the descriptions and observations that are made by the outside narrator.The romance in this book takes a bit of a backseat. It's there, but it's not a main point. I found this a bit frustrating at times when I wanted to read an interaction between Scarlett and a certain male character that I was certain were bound to get together. The thing about Maureen Johnson is that she can't do things the usual way, she has to be different. Which is awesome, except when you're looking for two characters to get together and then it's not what you're expecting, and then she leaves you with that ending! Maureen, can you please write faster? Basically this was a perfect sequel to Suite Scarlett that I enjoyed immensely.
Runa on LibraryThing 27 days ago
The Martins are back in full force in this sequel to Maureen Johnson's 2008 release, Suite Scarlett! Scarlett Martin and her spectacularly quirky family are up to their usual funny business, snarky and sharply witty as ever. You thought Maureen Johnson was done with characterization? You were very, very wrong indeed. Characters that seemed to be developed to death got even more complex in their new storylines. I was especially glad to see more of Marlene, even though I found her "big reveal" to be underwhelming, but she was the most fascinating of the Martin siblings to me. There was an even more expanded focus on each sibling, but at the same time, the sibling dynamic is retained, and each character could be looked at as simultaneously an individual unit and a group. It's a rather complex plot, but it all really just comes down to this one heartwarmingly crazy family in the end. Johnson has quite the talent of making sure that her descriptive passages are interesting, rather than falling into everyotherauthor's trap of boring overly-long descriptions. It's a very low-key, laid back, calm, even toned book, even during big events. I did have to question the introduction of Dog-Murray, as he did just seem to be that stereotypical cute doggy sidekick, not serving any larger purpose. One thing I do have to point out--following Maureen Johnson through twitter, her blog, etc, made this really a more dynamic, interesting read. Somehow, having known her a little better, it's almost as if you can hear this crazy stuff that's on page, coming directly out of her, nodding your head all the while going "oh yeah, that's Maureen." Such fun! Next book, please?Rating: 5/5
SavvyEscapades on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I honestly just finished Scarlett Fever about ten minutes ago, and was so excited that I had to come tell you all about it. Yes, Maureen Johnson's sense of humor is fantastic, her views on serendipity and the type of fate that can only happen in high school is superb.But let's cut to the chase. I may be in love with Spencer Martin. In fact, on the list of Great Fictitious Crushes, he may now be number 2 (Nightwing, I'm afraid, is not that easily usurped, though it is a close call). Who else will dance with his sister to make her look good in front of frenemies and then... well, if I say anymore I may unintentionally give away plot points. But the more I see of Spencer, the more I like.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Sweet Scarlett (O¿Hara) Martin from Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson is back in Scarlett Fever. Also back is her dysfunctional family, older sister Lola who has just broken up with mega-rich Chip, Maureen who has recovered from cancer and is being nice to everyone for some unknown reason and Spenser, still trying to make an acting career. Mrs. Amberson has recently moved out of her suite at the Hopewell Hotel and has started a talent agency, her only client at the moment being Spenser.I know you¿re all going to pounce on this book, so I¿ll just give you a little of the action. Scarlett Fever begins right after Suite Scarlett ends. Scarlett still has a crush on Eric, who as you probably remember, had a girlfriend at the time he kissed Scarlett. She¿s watched his pizza commercial about 352 times. Lola broke up with Chip, who nobody but Lola likes, but Maureen sets them up again, creating agitation in the Martin household. Spencer is going on audition after audition, getting rejection after rejection until he gets a prime part on Crime and Punishment, a popular TV cop show. However, his character kills the most popular TV cop ever, causing Spencer to become the most hated man in New York. Finally, Mrs. Amberson gets a new client, Chelsea Biggs, primarily because her bad-boy brother Max goes to Scarlett¿s school and Mrs. Amberson promises that Scarlett will spy on him. Is that enough? You bet. It keeps Scarlett busy from the end of the summer to the end of the year.As with all of Maureen Johnson¿s books, there¿s action, romance, humor, adventure, etc. Mrs. Amberson is as loony as ever, naming her `borrowed¿ dog, Murray, after the apartment building¿s doorman, Murray, who hates the dog. That¿s only the tip of the iceberg. Scarlett¿s life is as frenetic as ever, running from school to Mrs. Amberson to Chelsea Biggs to home. Johnson has quite an imagination because I could never think of the things she¿s written in the book. You have to like all the characters in the book, even the ones you¿re not supposed to like. And the ending yells SEQUEL, SEQUEL, SEQUEL. So, don¿t get scarlet fever the disease, get Scarlett Fever to book and spend some time with Scarlett.
allthesedarnbooks on LibraryThing 27 days ago
This is an equally delightful sequel to Suite Scarlett. Scarlett's adventures continue as she goes back to school while still working for Mrs. Amberson, who's opened an acting agency. She is trying to get over Eric, and is paired with a difficult new bad boy, Max. Spencer gets an unpopular part on the hit show Crime and Punishment, which leads to an unexpected backlash against him and his family, Lola has eloped, and Marlene is up to something. Another great and quick read, and I can't wait for the third book in the planned trilogy. Four and a half stars.
callmecayce on LibraryThing 27 days ago
An okay follow up to Suite Scarlett. I'm beginning to think I don't really like Maureen Johnson's novels, but she writes well enough that I'm intrigued and want to know what happens.
twonickels on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I unabashedly love these books. And yes, I am absolutely one of the hordes who are in love with Spencer ¿ his deliciously silly plotline was the highlight. This was even better than the first one.
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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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