REVIEW: Scarlett Fever

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Scarlett FeverTitle: Scarlett Fever

Author: Maureen Johnson

Series: Scarlett #2

Genre: YA Contemporary

Pages: 356

Dates Read: September 9 – 13, 2020

Edition Read: Kindle eBook

Blurb: 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 . . .


I love Maureen Johnson’s writing so much. There is always this quirky sense of humor about her stuff, even when she’s writing something serious (which this isn’t, it’s totally a comedy). This was supposed to be a trilogy, but since this book came out in 2010 and no third book has been announced, I guess it is finished. Which is too bad, because I want to stay with these characters.

You can check out my review of the first book, Suite Scarlett, here.

Like in the first book, Mrs. Amberson steals every scene that she is in and I am here for it. I love that she is unapologetically weird and demanding, although I did feel sorry for Scarlett at times having to deal with her ever-changing demands. That said, I would love to have that job, to be Mrs. Amberson’s personal assistant and just dart around the city trying to do what she needs. Can I apply for that job? 

I also love that these books are about family. The Martins have a lot of ups and downs, but in the end, they are always there for each other. I especially love Scarlett’s relationship with her brother, Spencer. They are close, but also can call each other out on their crap. We all need someone like that in our lives. I appreciate how, again like in the first book, the city itself and the hotel they live in are almost characters in their own right. 

This was a lighter read for me, since I usually read a lot of dark and brooding stuff, so it was a breath of fresh air, much need with everything going on last year. 

GoodReads Rating: 5 stars



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