Suite and Satisfying

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

First Look:

Scarlett, her dress, her lipstick, and what you can see of the front desk all look perfectly as described in the book.  And she’s not currently making out with anyone, so that’s a step up from the average!

Jacket Copy:

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.

And when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn.

Before 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.

Sequel?

Yep, there’s one sequel.  Although I would be fine without a sequel, I am also more than willing to find out what Scarlett did next!

Worth Reading?

Only if you’re in the mood for joy!  I scarfed this book down within the span of about 24 hours.  It was so breezily written, with ridiculous and entertaining touches, yet it was not pure fluff (more details below).

Notable Things:

Living in a Hotel!  Of course, it’s not quite like Zack & Cody’s (or Eloise’s (the little brat)) experience, since the Hopewell is struggling, and Scarlett actually has to, you know, work, but it still seems pretty cool from the outside.

Family Business!  I like the glimpse into the politics and frustrations of running a generations-old family business.

Wacky Hijinx!  Although I wouldn’t want a steady diet of wackiness, I do love the occasional crazy subplot.

Elaboration:

Scarlett is a pretty believable late-teenage girl, less annoying than many, but still pretty undecided about her life and future.  She’s likable and hardworking, and creative enough to survive as Mrs. Amberson’s assistant/slave.  The events of Suite Scarlett may not always be very realistic, but neither is your favorite Cary Grant movie, and you still love it, right?  Just like Bringing Up Baby, you’ll get swept along so fast and so enjoyably, you won’t stop to think about how odd the circumstances are: and really, once you throw a Mrs. Amberson character in, a leopard is probably inevitable.

Disclosure:

I got my copy free, because it somehow didn’t sell out of clearance!  I know, right?

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