Saturday, September 26, 2009

Book Inspection: Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Plot Sketch: The Hopewell Hotel is the epitome of Art Deco fabulous from its 1929 rennovation (way before Black Tuesday) and has been in the Martin family for generations. Today, the Martins have four children, and the Hopewell is more like a money pit. All of the pipe repairs, the furnishings breaking down, and the scratchy towels detract from the experience. Where the Hopewell does not lack is in its level of service. On their fifteenth birthdays, each Martin child gets a room that is theirs to service. On Scarlett's day, she gets a key to the Empire Suite, which is the most expensive suite in the hotel and is rarely occupied. Mrs. Amy Amberson arrives about an hour or so after Scarlett gets the key and announces that she'll be moving into the Empire Suite for the duration of the summer. This is the story of Scarlett's relationship with Mrs. Amberson and all of the quirks and fun journeys that go along with it. Oh, and there's a little bit of romance too, but I'll let you read that so that I don't spoil it for you.

Verdict: I Heart It! I liked this a lot. I read it fairly quickly, and once I got past page 130, didn't want to put it down. What's on page 130 you ask? Oh, nothing much, the story just gets better and better from that point on. It's a great story and has multiple layers that both teens and adults will enjoy. Please note that it is not chalk-full of profanity, which made me happy. There are a lot of layers to this story which added complexity and depth to a story that could have been routine and run-of-the-mill. It was refreshing to read a great story that didn't need profanity for shock or entertainment value, and reassured me that you can have a great book without a bunch of words I wouldn't say let alone want to read. The conflicts are real. The characters feel like they could be people you know. The writing is good. Pick this one up if you like YA chicklit - you'll be happy you did. If you haven't tried YA chicklit, pick this up and give it a whirl, then let me know what you think. I think you'll heart it too!

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
The Hopewell Hotel in New York City, NY

What is the main character's name?
Scarlett Martin

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?
She's adorable! LOVE her. Also love that even though she's a New Yorker, she's not totally jaded.

How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
a plane ride and one evening.

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?
no

Is this a good read for Monster?
Suite Scarlett hits its target market;it's YA Chicklit. Not for Monster.

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?
Nothing, and I can't wait for the sequel - Scarlett Fever.

What was I Heart Monster's favorite line?
"Martin, in particular, is spectacularly gifted in everything from combat to clown, with razor-sharp timing." You'll get why this is my favorite when you get to the end of the book.

How many chapters were in the book?
There are not chapter numbers... so I counted and there are 44. Love the chapter names though... like The Other Famous Whitehouse and Punch In A Velvet Glove. Great stuff.

Stats:

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Point
Publish Date: May 1, 2008
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0439899273

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