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Suite Scarlett and Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson

Posted by Caitie F on September 13, 2010

Title: Suite Scarlett and Scarlett Fever

Author: Maureen Johnson

Publisher: Scholastic

Hardcovers: 353 pages and 332 pages

ISBNs: 0439899273 and 0439899284

Ratings: +++++ and ++++


These two books follow a summer and part of a school year of Scarlett Martin, a teenager who lives in a hotel run and owned by her family. Don’t think that living in a hotel makes you rich, Scarlett’s family is far from it and is just struggling to get by. When she is fifteen, she gets a suite assigned to her. When, if ever, there are guests, she is responsible for cleaning it and keeping the guests happy. Well, she gets a guest all summer that turns her world around.

In Suite Scarlett, she meets the guy of her dreams, has her heart broken, tries to help her brother in his role in Hamlet, all while dealing with the woman in her suite who she is now working for as an assistant. None of these things are easy on her, especially with all her friends on other continents.

In Scarlett Fever, she has to deal with even more. She tries to get over Eric, even though she sees him everywhere, especially at Mrs. Amberson’s new apartment. She gets in the middle of her brothers new stardom/being the most hated man in New Yorkmore than once. She also has to deal with a younger sister who is suddenly nice, so nice that Scarlett knows something is going on and her older sister who is acting stranger and stranger. And she has a new lab partner – Mrs. Amberson’s client’s brother who constantly torments her. Scarlett does not have it easy.


I read both these books in less than 48 hours. They were so fun to read. I adored the characters and loved the writing style.Maureen Johnson is one of my favorites, so I am so happy that it did not disappoint! Since the characters are what made the books so great, instead of reviewed plot ect, I am going to review some of the character.

Scarlett: Our heroine. Smart, insightful, and still a regular teenage girl. I love how much she does to help out, even when she doesn’t realize it. She saves the show multiple times, she helps her brother out of jams, she even helps out her sisters just because it is what she does. She doesn’t always give herself credit, but it is in an annoying way where she is putting herself down, she just builds up what other people did too. With everything going on, she could have easily turned into “Woe is me” but she doesn’t, which I really appreciated. I get annoyed reading about a 15 year old who thinks that losing a guy is the worst thing ever.

Lola: Poor Lola, she doesn’t know what she really wants with her life and I feel for her. She won’t admit she is afraid and she seems like she won’t even face what she feels until the end of the second book. She reminds me of so many people who are lost after high school and/or college and she felt very real. I loved that she was very close to the younger sister. It seemed like the dynamics of the family were authentic.

Mrs. Amberson: She is very strange. She is a theater person and is so out there. She does not seem to realize how the rest of the world works. There are so many times that I wanted to reach thought the book and smack her to make her stop interfering. But her interferences do make life more interesting, so I guess it is ok.

Spencer: We all know a Spencer. Okay, well maybe you don’t, but I know a Spencer. An actor who does comedy that involves harming himself…yeah that is my friend Kyle. So many times Spencer said or reacted to things the same way Kyle has, so it was a little freaky. It was nice to see that Johnson understood a person in that situation though! I loved Spencer and Scarlett’s relationship, they really would do anything for each other. Even when they were fighting, you could tell that they needed each other. It was a very realistic brother/sister relationship, which added to the characters so much.

Overall, I think both books were really fun to read and I liked how the characters felt like people, not just characters. If you haven’t gotten a chance to read these books yet, go get them at your local library (or book store!).

Have you ever read a book where there was a character JUST like someone you knew? Let me know in the comments!


4 Responses to “Suite Scarlett and Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson”

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  2. Those do sound like great books! An old friend of mine is just like Miss Julia – all of us who know her and have read the books agree – but she totally denies it.

    • Caitie F said

      That is great! They were really great books, but I do think that Maureen Johnson is one of those authors that “gets” YA.

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